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Clay will overcome challenges: Lowe

CLAY Smith will have to deal with some mental challenges as he recovers from his second knee reconstruction

9:54am  Jul 24, 2014

Smith, Wallis season over

Injuries to midfielders Clay Smith and Mitch Wallis will see them miss the remainder of the 2014 season.

9:00am  Jul 22, 2014

Smith named for VFL return

Hard-nut midfielder Clay Smith has been named to play his first game back from injury on Sunday for the Footscray Bulldogs

6:30pm  Jul 3, 2014

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VFL - Clay is back

3:05pm  Jul 16, 2014

Gold Coast Road Trip - Day One

12:54pm  May 25, 2014

My First Goal - Clay Smith

12:00pm  May 17, 2014

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Clay
Smith

Height
181 cm
DOB
11-05-1993
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2014
1
Career
31
Goals
2014
0
Career
16
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
47
Avg
47
ClaySmith

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: -
Clubs:
-
Debut: Rd 1 2012 (West Coast Eagles)
Recruited from:
Gippsland Power
Brownlow Votes:
-

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Clay Smith turned heads in his debut game with a four goal haul and ability to hit contests with pace, and emerge with the ball. From that game, he has lived up to his reputation of being a fierce competitor. Smith has been a consistent contributor in the Bulldogs midfield when available, however an ACL injury sustained in round 16, 2013 ruled him out for the remainder of the season. Smith was selected with the Bulldogs first round selection (pick 17 overall) in the 2012 AFL Draft.

Season By Season

Season in short:

Smith’s second season was punctuated by highs and lows. The tough inside midfielder produced some outstanding efforts, including a 26 disposal, two goal game in an otherwise one-sided affair against West Coast.  To complement his already relentless attack on the ball, Smith improved his disposal efficiency from that of his first year, committing fewer clangers and adding a potent goalkicking threat with 10 majors. Unfortunately, an ACL injury to his right knee  in round 16 cut short his season. Smith spent most of the Bulldogs’ best and fairest night within the top 10 until the missed games at the end of the season impacted his overall ranking.

Stat that mattered:

The 20-year-old has forged a reputation on being no holds barred when it comes to attacking the footy and his form in his final six games proves just that. Averaging over six tackles per game, the ruthless young pup continued to make a physical impact around the ground. He also finished fifth at the club in average physical pressure acts and ninth in total pressure acts.

What they said:

“His appetite for the contest is second to none, Clay, and that is one of his real strengths. He can create something from nothing which is also a really valuable asset to have, because not everyone can do that. His next step is to now to keep adding that polish to his game.”

- Development Coach Ashley Hansen, round six 2013

As the season progressed he established himself as a regular contributor through the midfield, taking on more responsibility around the clearances and increasing his tackling pressure as he adjusted to the pace of senior football. After the midseason bye Smith played all bar one game in the senior side. In his inaugural season, Smith produced a number of impressive personal bests in his inaugural season including 23 possessions, nine tackles (on multiple occasions), six marks, four goals, six clearances and five inside 50s.

Season By Season

Tough inside left-footer with an insatiable desire to win the ball in the air or on the ground and relentless at the opposition when in possession. Also has the capacity to win contests when outnumbered, which was a feature of his play representing Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, at which he won All-Australian honours. Had an excellent year with Gippsland Power, averaging 26.3 disposals, 4.5 clearances and 5.4 tackles.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 1
    • Kicks 8.0
    • Handballs 5.0
    • Disposals 13.0
    • Marks 1.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 47.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 Gold Coast Suns Rd 10
Handballs 5 Gold Coast Suns Rd 10
Disposals 13 Gold Coast Suns Rd 10
Marks 1 Gold Coast Suns Rd 10
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 10
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 47 Gold Coast Suns Rd 10

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 134 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 8 5 13 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 47
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 11 8 5 13 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 47

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 31
    • Kicks 8.7
    • Handballs 5.6
    • Disposals 14.4
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 4.5
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 64.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 West Coast Eagles Rd 6, 2013
Handballs 13 Essendon Rd 16, 2013
Disposals 26 West Coast Eagles Rd 6, 2013
Marks 7 St Kilda Rd 9, 2013
Hit-outs 2 Hawthorn Rd 16, 2012
Tackles 11 GWS Giants Rd 15, 2013
Goals 4 West Coast Eagles Rd 1, 2012
AFL Fantasy 109 Sydney Swans Rd 21, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 8 5 13 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 47
2013 Western Bulldogs 128 84 212 38 1 17 20 61 10 6 934
2012 Western Bulldogs 135 85 220 55 4 12 23 75 6 5 1028

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

Milestones

AFL Western Bulldogs: 16 games, 6 goals