Shaun Smith (Australian rules footballer)
|Full name||Shaun Smith|
|Date of birth||22 June 1969|
|Original team(s)||Ainslie / Werribee|
|Height / weight||184 cm / 90 kg|
|1987–1992||North Melbourne||47 (38)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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.
He played for Werribee in 1994, and had a dominant season there. He was one of the Association's leading goalkickers for the season, finished third in the J. J. Liston Trophy count, and continued his reputation for taking high marks. He was consequently recruited back to the AFL by Melbourne for the 1995 season.
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. In the same year, he managed an AFL career best 51 goals.
- 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.
- "Liston win". Herald Sun (Morning ed.). Melbourne, VIC. 1 September 1994. p. 85.
- Stewart Oldfield (16 May 1994). "Spearhead brings Box Hill to earth". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 32.
- "Dees secure son of high-flyer as Category B rookie ... and dad says the kid can jump - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
Shaun Smith's statistics from AFL Tables