Isaac Smith (footballer)

Isaac Smith (born 30 December 1988) is a professional Australian rules footballer who plays for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Isaac Smith
Smith playing for Hawthorn in June 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-12-30) 30 December 1988
Place of birth Young, New South Wales
Original team(s) Temora (Farrer Football League)
East Wagga-Kooringal (Riverina Football League)
Wagga Tigers (AFL Canberra)
Redan (Ballarat Football League)
North Ballarat (Victorian Football League)
Draft No. 19, 2010 national draft
Debut Round 7, 2011, Hawthorn
vs. Port Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 16
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011 Hawthorn 200 (160)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early career

Hailing from Cootamundra, Smith played football and basketball with Luke Breust in Temora, with both ending up at Hawthorn where they played together in the 2013 AFL Grand Final. Smith moved to Wagga Wagga when he was 13, where he played with Hawthorn's Matt Suckling in the Wagga Hawks for several years before both moved to the Wagga Tigers where they won two premierships.

Smith later moved to Victoria to take up a Sports Management Degree at the University of Ballarat. Joining his mates at Redan, Smith first aired his raking left foot in Redan's reserves. After winning the 2009 senior Ballarat Football League (BFL) Grand Final, he resisted North Ballarat's overtures to do a pre-season with them, but by midway through 2010, he was not only being pulled again by the Roosters, but pushed from within by Redan.[1]

Smith had a meteoric rise in 2010, starting the year playing with Redan in the BFL and finishing in North Ballarat’s Victorian Football League (VFL) premiership side.[2] Smith was also a member of the successful Victorian Country Football League (VCFL) team that won the 2010 Australian Country Football Championships in Canberra.[3]

AFL career

Smith was Hawthorn's first pick in the 2010 AFL Draft.

Smith was a member of the 2013 Hawthorn premiership side, including kicking an outstanding 50m goal in the last quarter, and was also a member of the 2014 and 2015 Hawthorn premiership sides.

Smith has been described as the "quintessential modern wingman".[4]

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of 2019.[5]
Legend
 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)
2011 Hawthorn 1616209178123301100401.30.611.17.718.86.32.5
2012 Hawthorn 1622171322216438695860.80.610.17.517.54.33.9
2013 Hawthorn 16241816286193479112820.80.711.98.020.04.73.4
2014 Hawthorn 16242415337203540133681.00.614.08.522.55.52.8
2015 Hawthorn 16252312350231581163700.90.614.09.223.26.52.8
2016 Hawthorn 1624916335206541139660.40.714.08.622.55.82.8
2017 Hawthorn 16221412313187500130650.60.514.28.522.75.93.0
2018 Hawthorn 16242614311213524143611.10.613.08.921.86.02.5
2019 Hawthorn 161998273154427100410.50.414.48.122.55.32.2
Career 20016011526051674427911155790.80.613.08.421.45.62.9

Honours and achievements

Team

Individual

References

  1. Hanlon, Peter (5 May 2011). "Young Hawks make most of heady rise". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  2. McDermott, Josh (20 October 2010). "Isaac Smith's big year could get bigger". ABC Ballarat. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  3. http://www.vcfl.com.au/index.php?id=7&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=507&tx_ttnews[backPid]=1&cHash=7599f58cb2
  4. King, Travis. "The stats files: Why it's tougher than ever to stop Nick Riewoldt". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  5. "Isaac Smith". AFL Tables. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
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