Isaac Smith (footballer) Biography

Isaac Smith is an Australian rules football player who was born on the 30th of December in 1988. He is currently a member of the Geelong Football Club, which competes in the Australian Football League.

 

 

Early Career

Smith, who was originally from Cootamundra, was a teammate of Luke Breust in both football and basketball in Temora. When Smith was 13 years old, his family relocated to Wagga Wagga. There, he joined the Wagga Hawks and played alongside Matt Suckling, who later went on to play for Hawthorn. Both Smith and Suckling later joined the Wagga Tigers and won two premierships with both teams.

 


After some time, Smith relocated to Victoria in order to pursue a degree in sports management at the University of Ballarat. He became well-known in the Redan reserves for his ability to kick with his left foot, which he developed after joining the Redan Football Club. Following his victory in the senior Ballarat Football League (BFL) Grand Final in 2009, he turned down North Ballarat’s offer to participate in their pre-season. However, by the middle of the season in 2010, not only was he being pulled once more by the Roosters, but he was also being pushed from within by Redan.

In 2010, Smith had a spectacular climb, beginning the year playing with Redan in the Ballarat Football League (BFL) and ending the year playing in the Victorian Football League (VFL) premiership side for North Ballarat.

Smith was also a member of the Victorian Country Football League (VCFL) team that triumphed at the 2010 Australian Country Football Championships held in Canberra and took home the championship trophy.

AFL career

In the 2010 AFL Draft, Hawthorn picked Smith with the 19th overall pick, making him the club’s first overall selection. Because Smith had not been selected in the draft the year before and because it was thought that he would not be selected at the beginning of 2010, Smith’s journey to the Australian Football League (AFL) was unique.

Smith gained a lot of attention during the 2011 season for the way that he played the game by relying more on his quickness than his strength or stature.

Smith was a member of the Hawthorn team that won the premiership in 2013 and was widely recognized as having a successful season in that year. One of the highlights of his performance in the Grand Final in 2013 was kicking an incredible goal from 50 meters away in the last quarter. Pundit Travis King referred to Smith as the “quintessential modern wingman” in 2016, indicating that Smith was regarded as an exceptionally effective midfielder throughout his playing career.

Smith drew attention for missing a relatively simple shot on goal after the siren in the 2016 Qualifying Final match against Hawthorn’s traditional rivals Geelong. Had he scored, it would have won the game for Hawthorn and automatically advanced them to the preliminary final. Geelong and Hawthorn have been rivals for a long time.

Next a loss in their Semi-Final match against the Western Bulldogs the following week, Hawthorn would be ousted from the finals series. This would mean that Hawthorn would not compete in the finals series.

Between the years 2017 and 2019, Smith shared the post of Co-Vice Captain of the Hawks with Liam Shiels. However, before to the start of the 2019 season, Jack Gunston took over for both of them in that capacity.

Smith stayed on as a part of Hawthorn’s executive team throughout his time there.

Smith decided to become a member of the Geelong Cats after the conclusion of the 2020 season so that he could exercise his rights as a free agent.

During Geelong’s victory in the AFL grand final in 2022, Smith set a new record for being the oldest player to win the Norm Smith award for best on ground in an AFL grand final.

Personal life 

Smith completed a Masters of Business Administration at Swinburne University