Day of contrasts for AFL's Scott brothers
It was a day of contrasting fortunes for the Scott brothers.
Chris Scott, in his 200th game as an AFL coach, led his Geelong team to a 27-point away win over the Gold Coast on Saturday, cementing the Cats at the top of the ladder with a 9-1 record.
Brad Scott, after almost ten years at the helm of North Melbourne, coached his team for the last time in a 25-point win over the Western Bulldogs.
North Melbourne will hold a press conference on Sunday, where he will step down as coach.
Speaking after the Geelong win, Chris Scott said he hadn't spoken to his brother about his exit from the Roos.
"No, it was not great timing on that front - they were playing while we were getting prepared," Scott said.
"But I saw a little bit of it and I think it's what I would aspire to do in a similar situation.
"From what I saw, and I didn't see all of it, he talked about putting the club first, handling things with good grace and humility and professionalism."
Asked whether he expected to see his brother's tenure with the Roos finish so soon, Chris Scott said he had an 'inkling' over time that it was coming.
He said it appeared to be an amicable parting of ways.
"I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often with professional sporting clubs," he said.
It is a fate Chris Scott and Geelong won't be discussing anytime soon, with the Cats one game clear on top of the ladder after the win over a spirited Gold Coast team.
The Suns' pressure around the ball kept them within a goal at each break before Geelong broke the shackles in the last quarter, laying on four unanswered goals to claim the win.
Despite the enviable start to the season, Scott said it was too early in the season for his team to rest on their laurels.
"I've heard that we're up there with the best teams in the comp, I guess on ladder position that's probably right, but it doesn't really feel like it to us," he said.
"But that's not necessarily being pessimistic, it's just more a matter of saying we're 10 rounds in, there's a lot of footy to be played and we think we've got a lot of improvement left in us.
"The win/loss is nice because it gives us optimism that if we can keep improving our game, we'll at least get the chance to perform on the big stage."