#5 Devon Smith - Best and Fairest


#1524

Smith defends his appreciation of no one.


#1525

The way Smith defends and tackles fits for you, continue on.


#1526

No surprise at his performance - He can improve his running patterns and be even more effective.


#1527

Seems like the type of bloke who will excel on ANZAC day. Would really soak up the moment and enjoy the big crowd.

Would not be shocked to see him win the ANZAC medal.


#1528

SAUSAGE!!! The fkn spirit in this guy??

Has to be leading the Crichton by a straight at this point.


#1529

Our best pickup this year. Doesn’t have the huge numbers but just competes…hard.


#1530

Was constantly getting stuck into Zac’s tagger.

Love the guy


#1531

Led the tackle count today. Hes viscious.


#1532

Early on in the call (perhaps at quarter time) the common potators were comparing Port’s off season acquistiions of Watts, Rockliff and Motlop to our pickups, SSS. BT said that the 3 Port pickups had outplayed ours. None of those three get close to equalling Smith’s output so far this season, and today Stringer equalled the ledger. By the end of the season our picks, will be the length of the Flemington straight in front.


#1533

best pick up since stewart, who was the best pick up since Goddard


#1534

Out of interest

Who did GWS pick with our picks? Or were they both next years picks?


#1535

Whistle, free kick against, dangerous tackle post


#1536

Devon tackles with an arrogance and contempt. So defful to watch.


#1537

is DevON, is good.


#1538

Bet he cant wait to play in front of a monster crowd at the g.
Anzac medal coming up for Dev


#1539

It’s been so long since having a quality player who loves the tough stuff, perfect fit for our current team.


#1540

We gave up Pick 11 for Smith, which GWS used on a bloke called Aiden Bonar.
We received Pick 24 (used on Stringer) and a future second-round choice from the Giants in return.
GWS will also receive our future third-round selection.


#1541

And then used our own 2nd rounder (also on Stringer) and our future 2nd (Saad)

Then Dodoro bought himself another 10 jackets

Fkn job well done


#1542

I cant believe we gave almost f ■■■■ all for all 3 of those players…
Now to use this years first round pick (hopefully pick 18 :wink: ) on Ollie Wines / Rory Sloan or another gun inside mid.

If that happens, I’ll buy Dodoro another 20 jackets myself.


#1543
Devon Smith rewarding Essendon’s trade gamble by becoming the AFL’s No.1 pressure player

JAY CLARK, Herald Sun
15 minutes ago

IT is shaping up as the most shrewd move from last year’s trade period.

When Essendon handed off the No.11 draft pick in return for Devon Smith and two second-round choices we thought they were getting a decent small forward with a questionable knee.

Yet five rounds into the season, it seems the Bombers have hit the jackpot.

Not only is Smith potentially leading the best-and-fairest at his new club, the former Greater Western Sydney ball-winner has added a tough new edge to his game.

The 24-year-old, who was overlooked for selection in the Giants’ three finals last year, is officially the AFL’s leading pressure player entering today’s Anzac Day blockbuster.

For chasing and tackling, Smith (66.6) leads Richmond tough nut Jack Graham (65.8) and Collingwood superstar Scott Pendlebury (63.9) for pressure points, according to Champion Data.

Smith has always been a gifted ball winner, but what he has showcased more than ever this season so far is his selfless side through the midfield and forward lines.

Over the first month of the season, the former Geelong Falcon has produced career-highs in tackles (8), contested possessions (8), inside 50s (4.3) and score involvements (8).

The tenacious work-rate adds important balance to one of the most potent forward lines in the competition led by spearhead Joe Daniher and speedster Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti.

And we are yet to see Smith’s greatest weapon in red and black – his goal nous.

But what lured him to Tullamarine was the chance to become a fully-fledged midfielder after struggling for opportunity through the middle at the Giants.

And of all the players who switched clubs last season – including Crow Bryce Gibbs, Magpie Sam Murray, Docker Nathan Wilson and Lion Charlie Cameron – the Smith deal is one of the standouts for value because the Bombers received two second-round picks, as well as the player.

The Bombers last year fought off strong interest from Carlton for Smith, in a move which also pulled the rug out from underneath the Western Bulldogs.

Luke Beveridge’s men wanted the No.11 pick from Essendon for Jake Stringer but in the end accepted two second-round picks (No.25 and No.30) from Essendon.

It meant Essendon list chief Adrian Dodoro essentially landed Smith and Stringer, who hit his straps last week bagging four goals, in exchange for its first-round pick in last year’s draft.

Onya Dev! And well played Disco.