Shaun Smith
Personal information
Full name Shaun Smith
Date of birth (1969-06-22) 22 June 1969 (age 52)
Original team(s) Ainslie / Werribee
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–1992 North Melbourne 047 0(38)
1995–1998 Melbourne 062 0(96)
Total 109 (134)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Shaun Smith (born 22 June 1969) is a former Australian rules footballer in the VFL/AFL.[1]

Originally from the Ainslie Football Club in the Australian Capital Territory, but recruited from Werribee and debuting in the Australian Football League in 1987, Smith is best known for his incredible leap and ability to take spectacular marks or speckies.[1]

His high leaping play enabled him to hold down a key position whilst being only 184 cm[1] and is sometimes compared to Russell Robertson.

Smith debuted with the North Melbourne Football Club in 1987 and was delisted due to a string of injuries at the end of 1992 after 47 games and 38 goals.[1]

He played for Werribee in 1994, and had a dominant season there. He was one of the Association's leading goalkickers for the season, finished third in the J. J. Liston Trophy count,[2] and continued his reputation for taking high marks.[3] He was consequently recruited back to the AFL by Melbourne for the 1995 season.

By far Smith's most successful and consistent season was at the Melbourne Football Club (Demons) in 1995.

His 1995 Mark of the Year, a chest mark over teammate Garry Lyon in the goalsquare against the Brisbane Bears at the Gabba, was named the Mark of the Century, superseding Gary Ablett Sr's famous, though controversial mark a year earlier.[1] In the same year, he managed an AFL career best 51 goals.

Injury plagued the rest of his career at the Demons until he was finally delisted in 1998,[1] finishing his career at the Werribee Football Club in 2004.

Shaun's son Joel was signed by the Demons for the 2016 season as a Category B rookie,[4] and his daughter Amy is currently listed with North Melbourne in the AFLW, recruited in 2020 as the club's first father-daughter pick.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). North Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 678. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
  2. ^ "Liston win". Herald Sun (Morning ed.). Melbourne, VIC. 1 September 1994. p. 85.
  3. ^ Stewart Oldfield (16 May 1994). "Spearhead brings Box Hill to earth". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 32.
  4. ^ "Dees secure son of high-flyer as Category B rookie ... and dad says the kid can jump -". Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  5. ^ Cherny, Daniel (29 September 2020). "Shaun Smith supportive of daughter Amy, signed by AFLW club North Melbourne". The Age. Retrieved 17 February 2022.

Shaun Smith's playing statistics from AFL Tables