Zac Smith

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This article is about Australian rules footballer Zac Smith. For other people having similar names, see Zachary Smith.
Zac Smith
Personal information
Full name Zac Smith
Date of birth (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Biloela, Queensland, Australia
Original team Zillmere (QAFL)
Draft Zone Selection, 2009, Gold Coast
Height/Weight 205cm / 97kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Club information
Current club Gold Coast
Number 2
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011– Gold Coast 44 (27)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011 Australia 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Zac Smith (born 22 February 1990) is an Australian rules footballer for the Gold Coast Football Club. He was recruited as a Queensland Zone Selection in 2009 and played for the Gold Coast Suns during the 2009 TAC Cup season and the 2010 VFL season.

Early Life[edit]

Born in Biloela, Queensland, he and his family moved to Rockhampton, Queensland when he was 10 years old. In his early teens he played Soccer and represented Queensland in doing so. In October 2006 he was convinced by some school friends at North Rockhampton High School to play Australian rules football for the first time at 16 years of age and was invited to join the AFL Queensland Rookie Search Program.[1]

Junior Football[edit]

In 2007 he joined the Glenmore Bulls U17 team and finished the season as the runner up in the best and fairest award. The following year he moved to Brisbane to join the Zillmere Eagles senior team for the 2008 QAFL season. Midway through the season he had to choose whether to accept an offer from the newly formed GC17 team or to elect for the 2008 AFL Draft. Despite playing less than 20 games of football at any level, Smith received letters of drafting interest from Collingwood, Hawthorn, Geelong, North Melbourne and Port Adelaide while Richmond football manager Craig Cameron paid him a visit at his Brisbane home.[2]

In August 2008 he was the fourth player to sign for the Gold Coast Football Club as a Queensland zone selection and played for the club in the 2009 TAC Cup season where he was selected as first ruck in the TAC Cup Team of the Year. He played all but one game in the 2010 VFL season and was named in the AFL Queensland Team of the Year, the only VFL player selected.[3]

AFL career[edit]

Smith made his debut in round 2, 2011 in the Gold Coast Suns inaugural AFL match against Carlton at The Gabba. In the same game, Smith scored Gold Coast's first ever behind in the AFL, which also happened to be the Gold Coast's first ever point in the AFL.

In round 5, Smith was part of the first Gold Coast Suns victory over Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium. He has 18 hitouts and kicked a goal.

In round 7, Smith was part of the Gold Coast side that defeated Brisbane Lions in the inaugural QClash. He had 22 possessions and 17 hit outs, rucking the majority of the night against Matthew Leuenberger and Mitch Clark. For his efforts Smith was given the round 7 nomination for the 2011 AFL Rising Star award. He joined teammate Brandon Matera as AFL Rising Star nominees in Gold Coast's inaugural season.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zac Smith Signs With GC17". AFLQ Capricornia. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "The rise and shine of Zac Smith". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Zac Smith profile". goldcoastfc.com.au. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Edwards, Nat. "Zac a Rising Sun". afl.com.au. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 

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