By ZAC MILBANK
Woodville-West Torrens premiership midfielder Scott Lewis is the latest SANFL 200 Club member to announce he will retire at season’s end.
Following on from South Adelaide defender Brad Crabb, Lewis will line up in the Eagles’ final two minor round matches before hanging up his boots after making his League debut with West Adelaide in 2005.
The consistent 32-year-old played 21 League games with the Bloods before appearing in another four with Glenelg while also winning the 2008 Reserves Magarey Medal.
But the left-footer saved his best for the Eagles, where he thrived under the guidance of 2011 premiership mentor Michael Godden.
”I wouldn’t have become the player or person I am today if it wasn’t for Godsy,” Lewis told the Eagles’ website.
”He has been there from the very start, coaching me from 16-years-old until the end of last season. I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for me on and off the field. My family and I will be forever grateful. One of my highlights that I will never forget is the premiership in 2011 which was my first and only at league level. I want to wish the club all the best in the future as I know there will be much success to come.”
An apprentice linesman with SA Power Networks, Lewis felt the time was right to call an end to his playing career at Statewide Super League level.
”I feel it’s the right time for me and my family as Kate and I have welcomed into the world our little girl Hazel, who I am looking forward to spending a lot of time with,” Lewis said.
”I want to also thank my family for all their support and to my parents who have watched every one of my games, travelling from Loxton each week. It is a privilege to put on the Eagles guernsey and one I have never taken lightly. Lastly, I would like to thank my wife Kate for her continued support and all the sacrifices she has made for my football.”
Eagles chief executive Luke Powell, who played in the 2011 League premiership with Lewis, paid tribute to the Eagles’ No.33, who was crowned Eagles Club Champion in 2014.
”Scott has been an outstanding contributor to the Eagles over a long time and will continue to be so for the remainder of the 2019 season,” Powell said.
”Scott has achieved a lot in is time and should be very proud of himself. I thank Scott for all he has done for the Eagles and he should look forward to an exciting next chapter ahead in his life with Kate and Hazel.
”The Woodville-West Torrens Football Club wishes Scott, Kate and daughter Hazel all the success and happiness that the future holds. Scott will play in his 205th game this weekend, his last home match at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval. We hope to see a big turn out on Sunday to send off one of the champions of the club.”