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Devon
Smith

Height
176 cm
DOB
20-05-1993
Weight
77 kg
Debut
2012
Games
125
Goals
111
DevonSmith

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Lara
Debut: 2012
Recruited From: Lara/Geelong U18
Brownlow Votes: 7
Community Ambassador: Cooma (Snowy Supercats)

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Player Bio

Devon Smith is a tough small forward from the Geelong Falcons in Victoria. From the small town of Lara, Smith was drafted to the GIANTS with pick 14 in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft. After picking up a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in his debut season, Smith was awarded the GIANTS Standards Award at the 2013 Kevin Sheedy Medal. He was named in the GIANTS’ emerging leaders group before the 2014 season and joined the official leadership group at the beginning of 2016.
 

Early season knee surgery limited the skilful forward to just 14 games last year, but Smith showed in the club's two finals that, at his best, his brilliance inside 50 is damaging. Smith's tackling pressure often goes unnoticed because of the X-factor and flashy parts of his game, but if he can get back to the consistency that saw him finish runner-up in the 2014 club champion, he can be a star. With a big pre-season, Smith could add even more depth to the GIANTS' midfield this year, but could also be a 40-goal forward.

Remains one of the competition's most exciting players to watch but needs to find more of the ball consistently to be a match-winner. A 27-possession, four-goal effort against Gold Coast in round 16 showed off Smith's ability, but he had 20 touches or more in just nine of his 20 games. A permanent move into the midfield should be the answer in 2016, but he remains the GIANTS' best and most dangerous small forward option. The arrival of Steve Johnson could be just the opportunity for Smith to become a dominant on-baller.

A player with undeniable talent and promise, he took that to the next level in 2014. Playing all bar one game, he produced 22 possessions and 4.5 tackles a game in a more central role, while still bobbing up with 26 goals. Finished equal second in the best and fairest and capped an outstanding season by kicking the winning goal in the round 23 triumph over the Western Bulldogs.

The young small forward made another significant step forward in 2013, playing 18 games and kicking 16 goals. The highlight was his 26-disposal, three-goal effort against Gold Coast in round five, while he averaged better than 16 touches and four tackles for the year. His season ended early following hip surgery, but the tough and talented youngster is establishing a permanent place.

Only five GIANTS managed 20 games or more in season one and only one of them was a teenager – Devon Smith. Recognised for his toughness and ability to get forward and kick goals as a junior, despite his 174cm frame, he brought those exact same attributes to AFL level. Rested for one game and missing the other with a minor calf problem, Smith won a Rising Star nomination for the round 19 win over Port Adelaide.

A hard-working midfielder, Smith also has a knack for getting forward, kicking six goals among 27 disposals in a game against Northern Territory in the Under-18 National Championships. Recovered well from a hip injury to have a strong 2011 season with the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup. Has plenty of speed and is also happy to lay tackles and throw his body around.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 16
    • Kicks 12.7
    • Handballs 8.6
    • Disposals 21.3
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 8.4
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 103.2

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Richmond Rd 11
Handballs 14 Collingwood Rd 16
Disposals 31 Collingwood Rd 16
Marks 9 Richmond Rd 11
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 15 Carlton Rd 8
Goals 3 West Coast Eagles Rd 14
AFL Fantasy 150 Collingwood Rd 16

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 99 - 87 14 9 23 3 0 1 0 5 0 1 91
2 Fremantle L 106 - 90 11 9 20 2 0 3 1 13 1 0 115
3 Western Bulldogs L 104 - 83 11 9 20 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 72
4 Port Adelaide W 106 - 84 9 8 17 0 0 3 0 11 0 1 91
5 Collingwood L 101 - 52 13 7 20 4 0 2 0 6 0 0 91
6 Melbourne L 72 - 108 12 10 22 2 0 2 0 6 2 1 101
7 Hawthorn L 67 - 90 11 10 21 4 0 0 0 7 0 1 94
8 Carlton L 91 - 78 11 10 21 2 0 1 1 15 0 0 117
9 Geelong Cats W 84 - 50 11 7 18 4 0 1 2 10 0 2 96
10 GWS Giants W 60 - 95 13 8 21 2 0 0 2 13 1 0 113
11 Richmond L 43 - 114 19 7 26 9 0 1 0 6 1 0 129
12 Brisbane Lions W 62 - 84 13 7 20 6 0 1 1 6 0 1 94
14 West Coast Eagles W 52 - 80 14 9 23 3 0 1 2 6 3 0 106
15 North Melbourne W 125 - 108 7 8 15 1 0 0 2 7 1 1 69
16 Collingwood L 62 - 78 17 14 31 8 0 0 2 13 0 1 150
17 Gold Coast Suns W 51 - 95 17 6 23 5 0 0 0 9 1 2 122
18 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
21 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 8 203 138 341 57 0 17 13 135 11 11 1651

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 125
    • Kicks 11.0
    • Handballs 7.8
    • Disposals 18.8
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.1
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 83.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 28 Essendon Rd 12, 2014
Handballs 16 St Kilda Rd 7, 2017
Disposals 33 Sydney Swans Rd 3, 2015
Marks 10 Melbourne Rd 21, 2014
Hit-outs 1 Sydney Swans Rd 16, 2013
Tackles 15 Carlton Rd 8, 2018
Goals 5 St Kilda Rd 2, 2014
AFL Fantasy 150 Collingwood Rd 16, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Essendon 203 138 341 57 0 17 13 135 11 11 1651
2017 GWS Giants 158 139 297 51 0 10 11 80 15 14 1306
2016 GWS Giants 132 130 262 40 0 12 11 66 16 18 1133
2015 GWS Giants 243 140 383 70 0 24 12 98 17 20 1721
2014 GWS Giants 286 166 452 89 0 27 20 95 26 15 1975
2013 GWS Giants 181 114 295 49 5 15 13 81 16 11 1330
2012 GWS Giants 174 144 318 61 0 18 21 85 10 19 1367

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

History

Draft History

2011 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (GWS GIANTS) No.14 overall

Player Honours

AFL AWARDS

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2012

Club Awards

Kevin Sheedy Medal 2nd place 2014 (equal)

GIANTS Coaches Award
2014

GIANTS Defensive Standards Award
2013, 2015