296. Scott McCallum

296. Scott McCallum

Player Inductee

Clarence / OHA (Old Scholars), Defender / Midfielder, 1990-2011

315 games for Clarence, 1990-2007
Around 50 games for OHA, 2008-11
Clarence Games Record Holder, 315 Games
Clarence TFL Premierships, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000
Clarence SFL Premierships, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006
Clarence Best and Fairest, 2004
Clarence Captain, 2001-07
Clarence Football Club Life Member
OHA Premierships, 2008, 2011
OHA Premiership Captain-Coach, 2008

In a career spanning 22 years and over 350 senior games, Scott McCallum forged a reputation as one of the toughest, most determined and hard working Tasmanian footballers of the modern era. Starting at Clarence as a 16-year old in 1990, McCallum managed the extraordinary achievement of rising through the ranks from Under 17’s to the Clarence senior side all in the space of one season. He was soon a staple member of the powerful Clarence side of the mid-to-late 90’s, playing pivotal roles in the Roos’ five TFL premierships between 1993 and 2000 after the club’s rejuvenation under Stephen Wright. Not the most skilled player of all time but peerless in his tenacity, work ethic and ability to perform on the big stage, McCallum seemed destined to lead his club from very early on, and in time he did just that, named Roos’ vice captain in 1998 and assuming the captaincy itself in 2001. In this role he led the Roos to another four SFL premierships from 2001-2006, and by the time he departed the club after nine senior premierships and a club-record 315 games in 2007, he was universally regarded as one of the modern greats of the Clarence Football Club.

Upon his departure from the Roos, McCallum joined Old Scholars FA club OHA as playing coach, leading the Ships to their first premiership success in 20 years in his first season at the helm in 2008. He continued in his playing coach role with OHA for another two seasons, before giving up the coaching role in 2011 for one final season as a player, going out on a high as OHA again tasted premiership success, ending a distinguished career of more than 350 senior appearances. A champion who never failed to get the best out of himself and was an inspiration through example to all those who played alongside him, McCallum’s legacy on the modern Tasmanian football landscape cannot be understated.