North Melbourne midfielder Ben Cunnington has delivered an emotional post-match interview to Fox Footy’s David King after Brad Scott’s last game as Roos coach.
“I don’t live in the social media world so it was a bit of a shock when I rocked up today,” Cunnington said.
“But to the boys credit, the professionalism and the character, I know Indigenous round was important today and we’ve done it for Jed (Anderson) and Jye (Simpkin), but this one was for Scotty.
“He’s given us 10 years of his service and he’s backed us the whole time, so this one was definitely for him.”
Cunnington said the day was emotionally fraught.
“I was numb, [it was] a blur, I didn’t know what was going on, the emotions were pretty high,” he said.
“All I know is the boys stuck together and got the job done with a bit of character.”
Cunnington — who played all his footy under Scott — said losing the coach felt like a “death in your family”.
“For me personally he’s backed me right from the start,” he said.
“He’s shown belief in me to be able to be who I am today, so yeah for me it was personal and I wish I could have him for my whole career.”
North Melbourne got up in a rising victory for Scott’s last game, beating the Dogs 18.7 (115) to 13.12 (90).