K rock Football

Giants stalwart calls time

Scott Jervies has announced his retirement. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

LOCAL football has lost one of its most respected figures with the retirement on the eve of the 2021 season of former Geelong West captain Scott Jervies.

The dependable ruckman had been wrestling with the decision to play on over the summer before calling time on his 165-game career late last month.

“I was always playing last year but then we had the lockdown, so that didn’t happen,” Jervies said. “I think that probably made up my mind in the end, having the full year off.

“And I have a one-year-old now, so it made it a bit easier to make the decision, I think.

The Giants were keen for Jervies to play on, including reducing his training commitment for the season.

“They were saying, “you can just train once a week; you’ve paid your dues”,” the 33-year-old said.

“But, if I’m playing, I’m playing. I want to commit. I can’t go from being the captain to kicking back and only training once a week.

“I never really liked that idea.”

A life member of the Giants, Jervies was a latecomer to football, with golf his sporting preference as a teenager.

He debuted in the opening round of 2010 after joining good mate Cam Addie at the then-Cheetahs and was a constant presence, playing 166 of a possible 182 games at senior level.

“I don’ t think I could have given or got much more out of my body,” Jervies said.

“I couldn’t be much prouder of turning up to a club that won one game the first season I played to helping them get to finals,” he said.

“And no longer being a laughing stock, getting more consistency through ‘Clarky’ (former coach Andrew Clark) and ‘Wilks’ (president Chris Wilkie), and keeping players together and being more competitive.

“Teams don’t up against West anymore and say, “this is an easy win”.

Aside from sixth-placed finish in 2013, West spent the majority of the decade in the bottom half of the ladder, with winless seasons in 2011 and 2016

However, Jervies loyalty was rewarded when the now-Giants ended a 21-year finals drought in 2018.

After finishing fourth at the end of the home-and-away season, West claimed a 25-point elimination final win over Bannockburn before its hopes of a first premiership since 1987 were halted by eventual premier Thomson in the first semi-final.

“We probably played five minutes of bad footy that cost us that second final,” Jervies lamented.

“It’s one of those ones you look back at and go, “what could have been”, because five minutes cost us our season.”

If you’re looking for Jervies on a Saturday afternoon during winter, you’ll probably find him back pursuing his first sporting love.

“It’ll be back to golf, definitely,” he said. “If that’s not Saturday arvo, it’ll be Sunday.

“It’s a bit more flexible with golf. If the weather’s not nice, you just don’t play.”

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