Joel Smith (born 3 May 1977) is a former Australian rules footballer.
|Joel Michael Smith|
|Date of birth||3 May 1977|
|Original team(s)||Yarrawonga / Murray Bushrangers|
Round 3, 16 April 1995, St Kilda|
vs. Adelaide, at Football Park
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (192 lb)|
|1995–1997||St Kilda||58 (51)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Beginning his career in 1995 as a bright young prospect for St Kilda, Smith was touted as the future of the club.
Smith played in St Kilda’s 1996 AFL Ansett Australia Cup winning side – the club's first AFL Cup win.
He provided 3 good years of service before being incurring a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury requiring reconstruction late in the 1997 home and away season, missing the Saints' finals series.
A contractual dispute meant he moved to Hawthorn at the end of 1997. While he was injured all throughout 1998 and did not play a game, Hawthorn recognised this talent and kept him on the list.
Smith made his return in the 1999 season and his role at the Hawks was as a running half-back, setting up attacking plays. He has been very successful playing this role throughout his career, and in 2001, won All-Australian selection and the Peter Crimmins Medal. He again won All-Australian selection in 2003, was vice captain in the 2005 season, and consistently finished in the top bunch of players in his club's best and fairest award.
Smith retired at the end of the 2007 season, during which Hawthorn returned to the finals for the first time in 6 years, citing that the rapidly improving Hawthorn side was likely to mean reduced opportunities for him in 2008.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "AFL 1996 Ansett Cup Grand Final – St Kilda v Carlton". Slattery Media Group. 23 March 1996. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- Denham, Greg (3 February 1998). "Young Saint quits to join Hawks". The Age.
- "Hawthorn's Joel Smith retires from AFL". 25 September 2007.
- "Joel Smith stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
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