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Consistency breeds confidence for Smith

Confidence is building for Roarke Smith ahead of his fifth season at the Kennel.

3:37pm  Sep 3, 2018

Smith signs on

Western Bulldogs have re-signed promising defender Roarke Smith for the 2019 season.

4:45pm  Aug 30, 2018

Luckless Smith eyes return

Bulldogs youngster Roarke Smith can see his promising career taking a turn for the better in 2018.

10:03am  Feb 5, 2018

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Roarke
Smith

Height
181 cm
DOB
11-09-1996
Weight
81 kg
Debut
2015
Games
2019
5
Career
17
Goals
2019
4
Career
4
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
260
Avg
52
RoarkeSmith

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Sunbury Kangaroos/Calder Cannons (U18)
Debut: Rd 22 2015 (West Coast Eagles)
Recruited from: Calder U18/Sunbury
Brownlow Votes: -

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The Bulldogs took athletic defender Roarke Smith from the Calder Cannons with their first pick in the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft (No. 5 overall)

At 182cm, Smith brings pace and an impressive left foot and is known for his close-checking style.

Smith is an athletic, medium sized defender with a capacity to go into the midfield, that has a proven ability to play above his height.

An impressive vertical leap is a standout feature amongst Smith's attributes, and has shown he's more than adept at winning his own ball.

Smith was a member of the Calder Cannons' 2014 TAC Cup Grand Final side. 

Smith debut in Round 21, 2015 against the West Coast Eagles before suffering a knee injury at VFL level that ended his season.

After missing the first half of 2016 rehabilitating from the knee reconstruction, Smith worked his way back into the senior line-up for the Round 22 clash against Essendon. That was to be his only senior game of the year, however he was a strong contributor to the Footscray Bulldogs' finals run and eventual premiership win.

Season By Season

Season in short

A right ACL injury during the Bulldogs' JLT Community Series match against the Brisbane Lions cruelled Roarke Smith’s season before it had started, denying Bulldogs fans the chance to see more from the promising, high-flying half-back.

Smith’s last senior outing came against Essendon in Round 22, 2016, where the 21-year-old collected 12 disposals at a tidy 91% efficiency. On that occasion, he also highlighted his offensive contribution as a defender, with three score involvements, two inside 50s and two rebound 50s.

A member of Footscray’s VFL premiership team last year, Smith’s hardness around the contest is a trait that has shone through in his game and impressed onlookers, and was reflected by the seven tackles he laid in the high-pressure arena of the 2016 VFL state league decider.

The 21-year-old underwent a traditional knee reconstruction in March. It was the second time he has undergone this procedure, after rupturing his left ACL playing in the VFL for Footscray in 2015.

What they said:

“I’ve started running, doing all my leg loading and will hopefully run December this year and be back out training with the boys.

“Even in the off-season I’ve got a bit to work on. I’ll stick around the club for a few more weeks and get everything right. When I come back in November, I’ll start to ramp things up.”

- Roarke Smith, September 2017

Season in short

Returned to action after suffering an ACL injury late in 2015 to play 11 VFL games, including the grand final, averaging 12 disposals, there tackles and four marks on the season. 

Played his second senior game against Essendon in round 22, the high-flying half back amassing 12 touches at 91% to go along with three score involvements, two inside 50s and two rebound 50s.

The 20-year-old Smith was recruited to the Kennel with pick five overall in the 2014 NAB AFL Rookie Draft from the Calder Cannons and made his AFL debut against the West Coast Eagles in round 21 2015.

 

The stat that mattered

Laid seven tackles in Footscray’s 2016 premiership win over Casey.

 

What they said

“I worked really hard in rehab and came back stronger than I was last year so that was a big positive.  Came back and played a senior game as well which gave me some confidence that I can play there in the future.

“I need to work on getting a bit more of the ball and using my voice to demand it and a bit more run and carry.”

Season By Season

Season in short:

The high-flying Roarke Smith delighted Footscray fans throughout 2015.

The rookie spent the majority of the season at VFL level, delighting with his courage in defence and contested marks.

The 19-year-old made his senior debut in round 21 against West Coast, described by Rohan Smith as a “baptism of fire”.

Despite the eye-opening welcome to the world of senior football, Smith didn’t disappoint and was rewarded with a one-year rookie contract extension that will keep him at the Club until the end of 2016.

In a disappointing end to Smith’s season, he underwent a traditional knee reconstruction in August after rupturing his ACL in Footscray’s final home and away match.

 

What they said:

“It’s been a long 12 months, I didn’t think I’d be here today from where I started last year. It’s been a huge step but it’s been such a good year, I couldn’t have come to a better club at a better time.” – Roarke Smith, September 2015

“I see a lot of Easton Wood in Roarke, which is a fair wrap for Roarke… He’s so athletic, he’s got a great leap, he’s a really good contested mark… He makes good decisions with the footy and we saw some real glimpses of Roarke being able to play some good defensive games at VFL level... There’s a lot of upside for Roarke.” – Rohan Smith (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 7.0
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 11.8
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 52.0

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Port Adelaide Rd 15
Handballs 9 Port Adelaide Rd 15
Disposals 24 Port Adelaide Rd 15
Marks 5 Collingwood Rd 14
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Port Adelaide Rd 15
Goals 2 Melbourne Rd 17
AFL Fantasy 90 Port Adelaide Rd 15

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Sydney Swans W 82 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Hawthorn W 87 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Gold Coast Suns L 68 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Collingwood L 78 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Carlton L 57 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Fremantle L 88 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Richmond W 99 - 52 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Brisbane Lions W 92 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats L 133 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 North Melbourne L 90 - 115 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 West Coast Eagles L 133 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Carlton W 100 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Collingwood L 73 - 82 7 5 12 5 0 0 0 3 0 1 59
15 Port Adelaide W 41 - 66 15 9 24 2 0 1 2 5 1 0 90
16 Geelong Cats W 71 - 55 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 16
17 Melbourne W 74 - 66 6 1 7 3 0 1 1 2 2 0 47
18 St Kilda L 116 - 89 6 6 12 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 48
19 Fremantle W 113 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Brisbane Lions L 98 - 80 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Essendon W 33 - 137 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants W 65 - 126 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 10 35 24 59 13 0 4 3 12 4 1 260

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 17
    • Kicks 5.6
    • Handballs 6.1
    • Disposals 11.8
    • Marks 2.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 43.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Port Adelaide Rd 15, 2019
Handballs 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 18, 2018
Disposals 24 Port Adelaide Rd 15, 2019
Marks 5 Collingwood Rd 14, 2019
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Port Adelaide Rd 15, 2019
Goals 2 Melbourne Rd 17, 2019
AFL Fantasy 90 Port Adelaide Rd 15, 2019

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 Western Bulldogs 35 24 59 13 0 4 3 12 4 1 260
2018 Western Bulldogs 50 70 120 20 0 7 5 14 0 1 399
2017 Western Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Western Bulldogs 8 4 12 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 52
2015 Western Bulldogs 3 6 9 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 31

Legend

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