Devon SMITH

#5   Essendon

Age: 25yr 10mth Games: 110 Born: May 20, 2021
Height: 176cm Weight: 77kg Position:

2017 Digest:   One of many stars to sit out practice match against Eagles but straight back in. Key player across half forward.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

Played for : GWS Giants

1 Adel Three terrific goals from half forward in the third term. 7
2 GCS Used in attack, but also off a wing and was damaging with ball in hand. Kicked three goals and was one of the Giants’ best. 8
3 NM Won the ball well at half forward, and six tackles an indicator of his work-rate. 6
4 Port Found ball well, but didn’t kick a goal and missed a few targets by foot. Not his best outing in attack and midfield. 5
5 Syd Up and about in attack and took the game up to the Swans with a couple of important goals. 6
6 WB Restricted well in first half but lifted to be a solid contributor after the main break; 24 disposals but only one inside-50. 6
7 StK Lively performance highlighted by one long goal on three-quarter time siren. Did his bit with four inside-50s and four clearances. 6
8 Coll Picked up by namesake Josh, and not a factor in first half, although wound up with 24 possessions. 5
9   Knee.  
10   Knee.  
11   Knee.  
12   Knee.  
13   Knee.  
14   Knee.  
15 Geel Quiet one. Six kicks, no goals, no clearances and two inside-50s. 3
16 Haw Benefitted from not having Steve Johnson and Toby Greene there. Two goals and knows how to find space. 6
17 Syd Lively at the contest, but substance was down. 15 disposals and a goal. 5
18 Rich Struggled to impact the flow of the contest despite grabbing 23 possessions. Six inside-50s and four clearances. 6
19 Frem Started on fire, then slowed, but his early final term goal was massive for the Giants. 5
20 Melb Massive third term with two goals after a quiet start, then drifted from game too. 4
21   Knee.  
22 WCE Low-key day at half forward. Not his best and had a shocking howler running down the wing in third term. 3
23 Geel Half forward missed two chances for goal and managed only eight effective disposals. 4
QF    
SF   Knee.  
PF   Senior emergency.  

2016 Season

Played for : GWS Giants

1 Melb Kicked 1.2 and got dangerous on occasions without consistently being a threat. 5
2 Geel Two goals from 11 kicks and got involved without setting the world on fire. 5
3 Syd Found a bit of the ball playing mostly at half forward, but didn’t impact the scoreboard. 4
4   Knee.  
5 StK Bobbed up with a few goals and worked hard in the front half. 6
6   Knee.  
7   Knee.  
8   Knee.  
9   Knee.  
10   Knee.  
11   Knee.  
12   Knee.  
13   Knee.  
14 NEAFL Good in return game from knee injury. Didn’t convert his chances with 0.3.
15 NEAFL Bye.
16 Coll In long awaited return he looked sharp and delivered the ball well. 5
17 Bris Had 26 touches (nine in last quarter), and two goals and still unable to make best four or five. 7
18 Port Another Giants sharpshooter with two crucial goals. 7
19 Rich Incredible work-rate – laid a game-high 14 tackles. 7
20 GCS Found plenty of space though was a little wasteful with the footy. 6
21 WCE Took his chances in front of goal to end with two majors and was handy in the contests. 5
22 Frem Struggled to impact the scoreboard and appears down on some form. 4
23 NM Busy from the outset in front half. 23 touches and two goals a good return. 7
QF Syd Incisive running into forward zone, and maintained high defensive pressure. 7
PF WB One goal but generally quiet. Only six of 16 touches were kicks. 5

2015 Season

Played for : GWS Giants

1 StK Only four touches in the first half then lifted a tough to provide some run. 4
2 Melb Two third-term goals got him into the game after a sluggish start. 6
3 Syd Huge around the ball (17 contested poss) but failed to hit the scoreboard. 7
4 GCS Dangerous in attack and pressed up into midfield with good effect. 7
5 WCE Butchered the footy. 4
6 Haw Made the most of his opportunities up forward with three goals. 6
7 Carl Curnow kept him relatively quiet on the night. 4
8 Adel Bounced back from a quiet outing to be a strong performer. 7
9 WB Well down on his normal output. 3
10 Bris Worked up the ground into midfield but was inaccurate in front of goal. 6
11 Coll Worked up into midfield. Made some errors but tried hard. 5
12 NM Dal Santo ran off him at half forward and wasn’t able to hit scoreboard. 4
14 Rich Quiet first half then got going to be a factor after half time. 5
15 StK Geary lifted his impact on the game. 4
16 GCS The ice man who booted three final-quarter goals. Huge match. 9
17 Geel Cats nullified his impact. Kicked two behinds and ended the game injured. 4
18   Knee.  
19 Ess Quiet start but kicked two goals to play part in second half surge. 5
20 Port Had five clearances and created three goal scoring chances. 5
21   Knee.  
22 Carl Didn’t hit the scoreboard but worked up through midfield with good effect. 7
23 Melb Hard worker forward of centre and laid 10 tackles to keep in the game. 7

2014 Season

Played for : GWS Giants

1 Syd Not backward in giving some lip to big names. Did his bit. 5
2 StK Gave St Kilda enormous difficulties early and finished with five goals. 8
3 Melb Solid game this week and tackled fiercely. 6
4   Suspended.  
5 Adel Has great pace and used it for his six inside-50s. 6
6 GCS Sloppy disposal and shots at goal were disappointing. 4
7 Port Growing as a small forward and sometime midfielder, one of the best. 8
8 WCE Lively in attack when the ball came his way. Two goals. 6
10 Rich Worked hard at half forward with Dea tracking him. Goalless though. 5
11 Haw Class player kicked four goals and laid 10 tackles in brilliant half-forward display. 8
12 Ess Worked extremely hard all night and was at the forefront of team’s big effort. 7
13 Bris OK without setting the world on fire. 5
14 Carl Kicked an early goal, but was otherwise quiet in his 50th game. 4
15 Syd A ball magnet of late, again one of the Giants' best players. 7
16 Adel Matched on Brown and won a lot of the ball. 6
17 Frem Well held by Sutcliffe among others. Didn’t get the footy in dangerous spots. 5
18 Geel Well controlled by the Cats in terms of keeping him off the scoresheet. 5
19 Rich Didn’t kick a goal at half forward but tackled hard – eight tackles and was lively. 6
20 NM Worked up the ground from front half to get involved. Two goals were handy. 6
21 Melb Despite best efforts of Jetta he contributed six inside-50s, two goals, five tackles. 8
22 Coll Dangerous inside attacking 50 again with two goals. Smart player. 6
23 WB Ice in his veins with game winner in final seconds. Capped a strong year. 6
QF    
SF    
PF    
GF    

2013 Season

Played for : GWS Giants

1 Syd Kicked great goal in second term but that was his only highlight. 8
2 Port OK without starring. 4
3 StK A couple of nice goals but tunneling on Geary was unnecessary and dangerous. 5
4   Suspended.  
5 GCS Really good game highlighted by a long torpedo goal. 7
6 Ess Quiet day by the former Geelong Falcon. 4
7 Adel Not a great day. 3
8 Haw Fair share of the ball and tackled strongly. 5
9 WCE Produced hardness and strong tackling against the more mature Eagles. 5
10 Carl OK without shining. 5
11 Geel Six tackles, four clearances and eight cont poss a solid afternoon. 6
12 Port Tried hard and laid some good tackles but wasn’t really a factor in attack. 4
14 NM Only six effective disposals and one clearance not enough to impact match. 3
15 WB Such a feisty competitor, right up with Shiel as the best Giants on the day. 8
16 Syd Run down a few times but had a crack across half forward. Kicked a late goal. 4
17 Ess A little down on his recent form, failing to trouble the scorers this week. 4
18 Coll Manned up by Shaw and although having some moments, the Magpie has his measure. 4
19 Melb Dangerous in the front half and caused Clisby plenty of headaches. 7
20 Frem Eight disposals and a goal in first half and ended with 18. Laid team-high 10 tackles. 6
21   Hip.  
22   Hip.  
23   Hip.  
QF    
SF    
PF    
GF    

2012 Season

Played for : GWS Giants

1 Syd Took the game up to the Swans early. 4
2 NM Big second quarter. 4
3 WCE Battled on at half forward. Worked hard and created a few chances. 5
4 Adel Missed three shots on goal, so not too far away from a breakout game. 4
5 WB Had an immediate impact, useful for the amount of playing time. 4
6 Carl Had five clearances and six tackles to go with disposals. Looked good. 7
7 GCS Very good player kicking two goals and chipping in with four clearances. 6
9 Ess Continues to impress, getting under Lovett-Murray’s skin and playing his role. 6
10 Geel Former Falcon didn’t get into the game at all (three kicks) in a quiet day. 2
12 Rich Only two effective disposals and is another who has hit the mid-season wall. 2
13 Melb Kept working after a slow start but only one clearance and two inside-50s. 6
14 Syd Toiled hard, but couldn’t get on top of the Swans’ dominant midfielders. 4
15 Haw Never takes a backwards step but gives away silly free kicks at times. 5
16 Adel Competed hard as always but cut a battered and bruised figure afterwards. 3
18 Coll Got over some goalkicking yips with three straight, doubling his season tally. 5
19 Port Snared eight marks, six tackles and five inside 50s in a solid contribution. 6
20 GCS Tried hard all night, with 25 possessions and a goal. 7
21 Melb Always puts in a strong effort, but eight clangers undermined his afternoon. 4
22 StK Didn’t get into the game. 3
23 NM A sub in the third term, didn’t find much ball, but used it well. 3