Rohan Smith

Rohan H. Smith (born 31 May 1973 in Yarraville, Victoria) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

Rohan Smith
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-05-31) 31 May 1973
Place of birth Yarraville, Victoria
Original team(s) Kingsville
Debut Round 1, 1992, Footscray
vs. Adelaide, at Football Park
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–2006 Western Bulldogs 300 (254)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2006.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Debuting in 1992 after being recruited around 1990, Smith has long been one of the Bulldogs' favourite sons, with his reputation rising during the mid-1990s when he became one of the best half-backs in the league. In 1997 he cemented this reputation by earning All-Australian selection.

Smith is currently serving as the backline coach of the Western Bulldogs.[1]

Early life

Smith attended St. Paul's College in Altona North, Victoria.


The 1997 season was the most eventful for Smith and his team, which made a preliminary final. Despite a four-point lead in the last quarter, the Bulldogs had victory stolen from them by Adelaide. The battling club, which was the subject of the Year of the Dogs documentary in 1996, drastically improved in 1997 with the club being renamed from Footscray to the Western Bulldogs and seemingly a new dawn arising with a Grand Final berth likely. He also had a little girl named Keely Shea Smith and in 1999 had a son named Jacob Harrington Smith.

With the Bulldog's surrender of a big lead, Smith is best remembered for encapsulating the feelings of the team after the loss, on his knees in the middle of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, punching the turf.

Later career

Smith again won All-Australian selection in 2003 and in recent seasons had been noted for his longevity in the game, at 33 years of age still being a valuable member of a young Bulldogs side. However, he had noticeably lost some of his pace during the 2006 season, and announced his retirement before the start of the finals series in 2006. There was talk of him continuing a further year if he was stuck on 299 games, but he insisted that he would retire at the end of the season, regardless of his games tally. The Bulldogs won their first final, against Collingwood, to set up a 300th game for Smith which he would share with Scott West, another long serving veteran and one of Smith's best friends at the club. Smith and West were the only team mates in AFL history to share their 300th game in the same match.

Unfortunately that game would be his last, with the Bulldogs going down by 74 points, away to West Coast. An emotional Smith was chaired off the Subiaco Oval where he received a standing ovation, a testament to his illustrious career.

Smith now resides in Williamstown with his wife Alison and his two children.


 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 Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
1992 Footscray 3114109954614124190.
1993 Footscray 56765418722351.
1994 Footscray 51121634310622160.
1995 Footscray 5226927713541286280.30.412.
1996 Footscray 52215928010538589290.70.412.74.817.54.01.34
1997 Western Bulldogs 524261331814546395321.10.513.
1998 Western Bulldogs 5242926245121366101231.
1999 Western Bulldogs 5243122284114398122171.30.911.84.816.65.10.76
2000 Western Bulldogs 5234220271108379125151.80.911.84.716.55.40.60
2001 Western Bulldogs 521182125810236096170.
2002 Western Bulldogs 5221811293130423111310.80.513.35.919.25.01.43
2003 Western Bulldogs 5226735314449795300.30.316.06.522.64.31.44
2004 Western Bulldogs 5217133048839297290.30.614.
2005 Western Bulldogs 5201617243135378121260.80.912.26.818.96.11.30
2006 Western Bulldogs 5242110241132373137450.90.410.05.515.55.71.90
Career 300 254 194 3579 1566 5145 1344 362 0.8 0.6 11.9 5.2 17.2 4.5 1.2 45


  1. "Assistant Coaches". Western Bulldogs. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. "Rohan Smith stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
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