George Horlin-Smith

George Horlin-Smith (born 22 December 1992) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

George Horlin-Smith
Personal information
Full name George Horlin-Smith
Date of birth (1992-12-22) 22 December 1992
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) Sturt (SANFL)
Draft No. 37, 2010 national draft
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current club Gold Coast
Number 33
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20122018 Geelong 51 (27)
2019 Gold Coast 7 (2)
Total 58 (29)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life

Horlin-Smith went to Pembroke School in Adelaide, South Australia.[1] Horlin-Smith was a promising cricketer, having co-captained the Australian under-16 cricket team to the West Indies in 2008, but he decided to pursue a career in football.[2] Along with playing at Pembroke, Horlin-Smith would play his junior football at the Payneham Norwood Union Football Club and the Sturt Football Club. He has played for Geelong in the NAB Cup.[3] He was taken by Geelong at number 37 in the 2010 AFL national draft.[4]

AFL career

After suffering a shoulder injury in the lead-up to the 2011 season, Horlin-Smith was unable to break into Geelong's strong senior team, but he did manage nine games for Geelong's VFL side.[3]

Horlin-Smith's development continued in 2012, playing three games with Geelong's AFL side. His 2012 season in Geelong's VFL side garnered a premiership medal with the Cats, and the Norm Goss Memorial Medal for best player afield in the Grand Final.[5] He finished the regular season as Geelong's highest vote getter in the J.J. Liston medal, coming 5th overall.[6]

Horlin-Smith was awarded the Round 4 nomination for the 2013 AFL Rising Star.[7]

At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Horlin-Smith was traded to Gold Coast.[8]


Statistics are correct to end of 2018 [9]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2012 Geelong 333212017371230.
2013 Geelong 33832516711823180.
2014 Geelong 3321131216717434156580.
2015 Geelong 3372129709915210.
2016 Geelong 33100549120.
2017 Geelong 33743656813313300.
2018 Geelong 334303431657150.
Career 51 27 19 371 431 802 127 147 0.5 0.4 7.3 8.5 15.7 2.5 2.9


  1. Homfray, Reece (31 October 2008). "Big hitters ready to swing for Twenty20 Bowl". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  2. Gullan, Scott (21 November 2010). "Prodigy George Horlin-Smith ready for Cats challenge". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  3. Murnane, Matt (24 February 2012). "NAB Cup: tonight's games". The Age. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  4. Gullan, Scott (22 November 2010). "Teenager inherits Gazza's number". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  5. Carbonaro, Ben. "Horlin-Smith Wins Norm Goss Medal".
  6. Amy, Paul (4 September 2012). "Werribee's Ben Ross wins VFL's JJ Liston Trophy". Leader.
  7. Davidson, Ryan (23 April 2013). "Double barrel, rising star".
  8. Navaratnam, Dinny (16 October 2018). "Suns bolster midfield with fringe Cat".
  9. "AFL Tables - George Horlin-Smith statistics". AFL Tables.
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