Darren Smith (Australian rules footballer)

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Darren Smith
Personal information
Full name Darren Smith
Date of birth (1965-02-09) 9 February 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Rudall
Height/Weight 193 cm / 90 kg
Position(s) Centre half forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1984–1996
1991–1992
Port Adelaide
Adelaide
343 (456)
9 (10)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1996 season.

Darren Smith (born 9 February 1965) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Port Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and Adelaide in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Smith arrived in Adelaide from the Eyre Peninsula and after playing under-age football, broke into the Port Adelaide seniors in 1984. He topped Port's goal-kicking in 1986 and 1987, with 49 and 71 goals respectively, ending the sequence of nine leading goal-kicker awards from Tim Evans. Essendon acquired the centre half forward's services when they picked him up with pick 11 in the 1989 VFL Draft but the move didn't work out and he resumed at Port Adelaide.

When Adelaide entered the AFL in 1991, Smith was one of their local recruits and he performed well in their inaugural with two goals and ten marks against Hawthorn. Two rounds later he played his best game for Adelaide when he had 24 disposals and kicked four goals and five behinds in a win over Sydney at the SCG, with his fellow Port Adelaide key forward Scott Hodges bagging six of his own.

He soon lost his place in the team and spent most of the remainder of the season as well as the next, in the SANFL before being delisted. By the time he retired, after the 1996 SANFL Grand Final win, Smith had appeared in seven premiership teams with Port Adelaide, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1996. He had also joined Russell Ebert and Greg Phillips as the only Port players to appear in 300 SANFL games.

References[edit]

  • Darren Smith's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.