Shaun Smith (Australian rules footballer)

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Shaun Smith
Personal information
Full name Shaun Smith
Date of birth (1969-06-22) 22 June 1969 (age 45)
Original team Ainslie / Werribee
Height/Weight 184 cm / 90 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–1992
1995–1998
Total
North Melbourne
Melbourne
047 0(38)
062 0(96)
109 (134)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1998 season.

Shaun Smith (born 22 July 1969) is a former Australian rules footballer in the VFL/AFL.[1]

Originally from the Ainslie Football Club in the Australian Capital Territory, but recruited from Werribee and debuting in the Australian Football League in 1987, Smith is best known for his incredible leap and ability to take spectacular marks or speckies.[1]

His high leaping play enabled him to hold down a key position whilst being only 184 cm[1] and is sometimes compared to Russell Robertson.

Smith debuted with the North Melbourne Football Club in 1987 and was delisted due to a string of injuries at the end of 1992 after 47 games and 38 goals.[1]

By far Smith's most successful and consistent season was at the Melbourne Football Club in 1995.

His 1995 Mark of the Year, a chest mark over teammate Garry Lyon in the goalsquare against the Brisbane Bears at the Gabba, was named the Mark of the Century, superseding Gary Ablett Sr's famous, though controversial mark a year earlier.[1] In the same year he managed a career best 51 goals.

Injury plagued the rest of his career at the Demons until he was finally delisted in 1998,[1] finishing his career at the Werribee Football Club in 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). North Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 678. ISBN 1-74095-032-1. 

External links[edit]

Shaun Smith's statistics from AFL Tables

Awards
Preceded by
Gary Ablett
AFL Mark of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Ben Hart