Big-name recruit Scott Lycett topped the list for the Power, increasing his average from 77.9 to 101.1 as he took control of the No. 1 ruck role, for the first time in his career, in 18 games in his debut season at Alberton.
The 26-year-old, who was dropped for the Round 20 clash with the Bombers, despite being the seventh-ranked player in the competition between Rounds 13 and 19, ranked second for intercept possessions, fourth for ranking points, fifth for effective disposals and seventh for contested possessions of all ruckman in 2019.
On the morning of his first AFL grand final in 2018, Scott Lycett messaged his best friend, Corey Siemers, seeking inspiration. “Thinking of you mate. Hopefully you can help me out and are looking down on me,” Lycett recalls writing via Facebook. The then West Coast ruckman knew there would not be a response – Siemers had died eight years earlier.
“Sometimes I still message him on Facebook, even though I know I’m not going to get a reply,” Lycett tells The Advertiser. “I haven’t messaged him for a while but I have messaged him a fair bit. I think the last time was grand final day, 2018. “It’s just something I do sometimes when I think of him.”
Hours after that grand final day message to Siemers, Lycett won a premiership with West Coast. “I’m not sure if I wrote back to him after the game – I was in a good place at the time,” Lycett says with a laugh. Siemers died in June 2010, when he and Lycett were 17 and attending Henley High. A promising West Adelaide footballer, Siemers was the innocent victim of a drag race and hit by a car while driving in Park Holme.
It happened five months before the national draft, where West Coast selected Lycett from the Port Magpies at pick 29 and Siemers would have been a prospect. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years,” says Lycett, who is now at Port Adelaide and preparing to play for the All-Stars in Friday night’s Bushfire Relief game. “I’ve been in the league 10 years at the end of the year – it’s unreal.” Eyre Peninsula-born Lycett and Barmera-raised Siemers bonded after arriving in Adelaide to play footy and start Year 11 at Henley.