Clay SMITH

#14   Western Bulldogs

Age: 26yr 3mth Games: 56 Born: May 11, 2021
Height: 182cm Weight: 85kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Enjoyed an incident-free summer, a refreshing change for a player who’s had his share of bad luck. Gotta love his hardness!

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1    
2    
3   Senior emergency.  
4 NM Hardly sighted in terms of disposal but laid 15 tackles including one on MacMillan that set up Stringer goal. 5
5 Bris Buzzed about up forward to be a nuisance for the Lions. Three tackles, two goal assists and 14 disposals. 6
6 GWS Really quiet in forward pressure role. Didn’t hit scoreboard and only had one inside-50 to go with two tackles. 2
7 Rich Part of Dogs revival in second term. Good opportunist around goals with four. 7
8 WCE Didn’t get the ball as much as he’d have liked but laid five tackles. 4
9 Geel Two goals from eight kicks playing role up forward. Laid seven tackles but by no means a big impact on flow of game. 5
10   Calf.  
11   Calf.  
12   Calf.  
13 VFL Very good with 20 possessions, two goals and eight tackles. He'll be back in seniors soon.
14 VFL In everything at stages to end with 23 touches. Competed hard from start to finish.
15 VFL A tackling machine – laid 16. Got his fair share of footy as well. Not the worst.
16 Adel Missed his only shot on goal but did have two scoring assists, apart from that was missing for most of the game. 3
17 VFL Played through the midfield and was the leading ball winner for the Dogs with 32 disposals and had 10 tackles.
18 VFL Want to see more out of AFL level player. Eight tackles a plus.
19   Suspended.  
20 Bris Only major bright spot was a last quarter goal to take back the lead early in final term. 4
21 VFL Bye.
22 VFL Industrious in midfield with 25 possessions and a handful of assists.
23 VFL Industrious performer with 17 possessions and had a hand in a few goals.

2016 Season

1   Knee.  
2   Knee.  
3   Knee.  
4   Knee.  
5   Knee.  
6   Knee.  
7   Knee.  
8   Knee.  
9   Knee.  
10   Knee.  
11   Knee.  
12 VFL Massive return from injury. Seven clearances, six inside-50s and 35 disposals.
13 VFL Successful return continues – 18 contested possessions and seven clearances
14 VFL Bye.
15 Syd Welcome return after long absence through injury and got through OK. Will benefit. 4
16 Rich Laid eight tackles, most of which were inside forward 50. Lively performance. 7
17 GCS Bulldogs’ most dangerous forward. Could’ve easily ended the night with six majors. 7
18 StK On Geary, began with a long goal. Reasonable display. 5
19 Geel One goal and a couple of nice tackles but just six effective disposals. 2
20 NM Off with concussion from second term. 0
21 Coll Dangerous forward who could be handy around goals in finals. 5
22 Ess In centre square starting four and effective. Has a bit of spark. 5
23 Frem Damaging as a small forward. Booted two goals. 6
EF WCE Showed crazy courage at times. Hard at the contest and opposition ball carrier. 6
SF Haw Good stoppage performer and kicked important goals. 6
PF GWS A match-winner with four goals. Unflappable. Best story of the finals series. 8
GF Syd Not as damaging around goals this time, but tackled hard and often. 5

2015 Season

1   Knee.  
2   Knee.  
3 VFL Great return from knee injury with 25 hard-earned possessions.
4 Adel Didn’t have a large input apart from goal. 3
5 Syd Will take time to find his feet and not a big game but kept battling. 4
6 StK Knee buckled twice in 15 minutes. Sad story for a tough as nails kid. 3
7   Knee.  
8   Knee.  
9   Knee.  
10   Knee.  
11   Knee.  
12   Knee.  
13   Knee.  
14   Knee.  
15   Knee.  
16   Knee.  
17   Knee.  
18   Knee.  
19   Knee.  
20   Knee.  
21   Knee.  
22   Knee.  
23   Knee.  
EF   Knee.  

2014 Season

1 PM Second successful practice match after returning from a knee injury.
2   Didn’t play for Footscray VFL.  
3   Ill.  
4 VFL Bored in and won the hard footy. A bit haphazard by foot.
5   Ill.  
6 VFL Best afield in massive VFL win. Great sign for senior team.
7 VFL Competitive showing but was let down by his ball use.
8 VFL Chipped in with three goals in a welcome return to form.
9 VFL Bye.
10 GCS Hard nut but wasn’t able to have much impact. 4
11   Shoulder.  
12   Shoulder.  
13   Shoulder.  
14   Shoulder.  
15   Shoulder.  
16 VFL Crashed in with 20 touches and two goals. Nearing full fitness.
17 VFL Super effort with 31 touches and three team-lifting goals.
18 VFL In everything with two goals until going down with knee injury.
19   Knee.  
20   Knee.  
21   Knee.  
22   Knee.  
23   Knee.  
QF    
SF    
PF    
GF    

2013 Season

1 Bris Sub who had a few touches when he came on. 6
2 Frem Kept plugging away in middle. His workrate and intensity were good. 6
3 Rich On early for Wood and bored in but had minimal impact overall. 3
4   Senior emergency.  
5 Geel Kicked two nice goals and won eight contested possessions. Tough effort. 6
6 WCE Constant ball-winner and also bagged two goals. 7
7 NM Important goal at start of third term, but not much else. 3
8 GCS Not subbed in until very late and struggled to get involved. 1
9 StK Handy game and continued to work hard throughout. 5
10 Port Suited by the slippery conditions and continues to bore in. 6
12 Coll Picked up by Williams. Not a big impact. 3
13 Rich Super early and helped keep the Dogs in the hunt, but drifted from the game. 6
14 Melb Enjoys burrowing in. Likely prospect. Hard-nosed, but kicking a bit of a worry. 4
15 GWS A game-high 11 tackles gives an indication of his output. 7
16 Ess Going OK until cruelly cut down by a serious knee injury late. 5
17   Knee.  
18   Knee.  
19   Knee.  
20   Knee.  
21   Knee.  
22   Knee.  
23   Knee.  
QF    
SF    
PF    
GF    

2012 Season

1 WCE Huge positive. Kicked four goals from 13 touches then subbed off. 7
2 Adel 14 disposals in only his second game including three inside 50s. 5
3 StK Couple of nice moves, but not a big game. 4
5 VFL Kicked a goal and barreled in all day.
6 VFL Tried hard, tackled well. A rare winner on the day.
7 NM Forced to replace Cooney despite playing VFL on Sat. Sub – limited time. 0
8 GCS Bored in for 13 possessions. Only fair. 4
10 VFL Worked hard in close and won plenty of clearances.
11 VFL Strong start in heavy going but was unsighted in 2nd half.
12 Port Subbed on late and didn’t do anything of note. 1
13 Bris Of his five inside 50s only two were effective. Disposal needs work. 3
14 Ess Started in centre square and won clearances as well as kicking nice goal. 6
15 Frem Didn’t use the ball well. 4
16 Haw Tried hard but still coming to terms with the speed of game. Efficiency down. 3
18 StK Tagged Dal Santo in great experience for the youngster. Not disgraced. 4
19 NM Plugged away. Kicking style for a first-round draft pick is questionable. 4
20 Rich Tried hard but its hard to believe he was a first round draft pick. Lacks polish. 5
21 Syd Battled away manfully for six clearances and nine tackles. Tried hard. 6
22 Geel Didn’t get into the game at all and was quiet. 3
23 Bris Always under pressure. 5