Scott's son in injury claim on Hawthorn
Written by: Jake Niall
The Age

Just 10 years after Don Scott successfully led the fight against Hawthorn's merger with Melbourne, the former captain and his son Doug are engaged in conflict with the Hawks on separate fronts.

Doug Scott is seeking a six-figure sum from Hawthorn as compensation for the club's handling of a serious leg injury that he claims effectively ended his career.

Scott jnr, who did not play a senior game in his two injury-riddled years at Hawthorn, has been advised by the AFL Players Association in a case that could ultimately end up in court and cost the Hawks, or their insurer, a large sum.

Don Scott, meanwhile, the two-time premiership captain and outspoken former board member, has requested that the Hawks return the memorabilia he donated to the club museum at Glenferrie.

Scott snr, who led an unsuccessful challenge to Ian Dicker's board in 2004, said last night he had asked the club curator to remove his memorabilia — including jumpers and boots — which had been housed at Glenferrie and was now in storage. The club said it intended to relocate the contents of its museum, such as Scott's donation, to a new museum at Waverley.

For the Hawks, the issue of Doug Scott obviously carries far greater consequences than that of his father, with the AFL also set to become involved in the sensitive discussions between Scott, Hawthorn and the players' association.

Doug Scott last night confirmed that he was seeking a specific sum of money from Hawthorn as compensation for the misdiagnosis of a leg fracture in February 2004, his first preseason at the club.

Scott jnr said his fractured tibia had been wrongly diagnosed as "bone bruising" and that he had continued to play (for Box Hill) with the fracture until June of that year, when it was finally diagnosed correctly.

"They diagnosed it as bone bruising and it ended up being a fracture," Doug Scott said.

He did not play again in 2004 after having surgery to repair the injury.

Scott jnr and his representatives — which include not only the AFLPA but veteran player manager Ron Joseph — are still in discussions with the club about his claim, which is the second medical claim the Hawks have confronted in the past 12 months, having already dealt with the fall-out from the stroke suffered by the now-retired Angelo Lekkas.

Should Scott and the club be unable to reach a settlement, the expectation is that it will be referred to the AFL and then to the league's rarely used quasi judicial body, the Grievance Tribunal. Scott would only pursue court action if he did not get what he considered adequate compensation from those measures.

"I've raised the grievance with the football club," Doug Scott said. "I'm waiting for a response from them. If I don't get the desired result, then it goes between the AFL and Brendon Gale (AFLPA) … and then if we don't get a conclusion from that then it goes to the (grievance) tribunal."

Hawthorn chief executive Ian Robson last night confirmed that Scott junior's claim was for a six-figure sum. He said the club had had a number of discussions with Scott and his representatives, including the players' association.

Robson said the Hawks had installed a new medical team at the end of 2004, which meant they had to get in contact with past staff to deal with the claim.

But Robson was unaware that Scott's father had taken his own form of action against the club, requesting the memorabilia removal.

"I've asked the curator and he's going to get it to me," Don Scott said of his request last night.

Scott snr said the removal was not a protest at the club. "The dissatisfaction is that the museum has been taken. Well, there's no museum, so what's the point."