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Archie's desire to be no.1

Brisbane Lions rising star Archie Smith has his eyes set on becoming the Club’s top ruckman.

11:35am  Nov 9, 2016

Extension for exciting Smith

The Brisbane Lions have secured the services of ruckman Archie Smith until at least the end of 2018.

11:54am  Oct 19, 2016

Player Reviews: Part 9

It's time for the final part of our Player Review series. Today we're looking at players with guernsey numbers 41-47.

1:05pm  Sep 30, 2016

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Archie's Journey

2:15pm  Aug 8, 2016

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Archie
Smith

Height
201 cm
DOB
19-07-1995
Weight
102 kg
Debut
-
Games
2016
3
Career
3
Goals
2016
1
Career
1
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
215
Avg
72
ArchieSmith

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Brisbane Lions Academy
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut:
Recruited from: Mt Gravatt
Brownlow Votes: -

Introduction

Archie Smith turned his back on a promising basketball career after developing a love of Australian Rules football at the relatively 'mature' age of 17. In less than 12 months, his ability was obvious and earned him a place on the Lions' rookie list. He now puts his impressive vertical leap and supreme athleticism to use on the football field as an exciting future ruck prospect.

 

Background

• Archie Smith – the son of former Brisbane Bullets NBL All-Star Andre Moore – looked set to pursue a basketball career in the USA, with a number of colleges offering 201cm prodigy scholarship. 

• His supreme athleticism first caught the eye of Lions Academy scouts during the U18 State Basketball Classics in 2012, and the Club acted quickly to provide him with a possible alternate pathway.

• Although Smith first saw the Academy as an opportunity to get fitter for the upcoming basketball season, he quickly fell is love with Australian Rules. 

• Less than 6 months after joining the Academy, he was selected to represent Queensland in the AFL U18 National Championships. He played a total of five matches, averaging six disposals and 18 hitouts per game. 

• He also played eight NEAFL matches with Mt Gravatt and the Lions Reserves, before being drafted to the Club with Pick No.69 at the 2013 AFL Rookie Draft.

• In less than 12 months since he first kicked an oval Sherrin, Smith was a listed AFL player, with his athleticism and flair in the ruck already drawing early comparisons to West Coast star Nic Naitanui.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• The 201cm basketball convert was rewarded for his strong NEAFL form throughout the year by making his AFL debut against Port Adelaide in Round 19.

• Smith made the most of his opportunity at the senior level by finishing the game with 30 hit outs and 19 disposals, the fourth most of any Lions player on the night.

• The ruck revelation followed up his impressive debut with 32 hit outs against Adelaide the following week and kicked his first career goal in a four point win over Carlton in round 21

• Smith will look to put forth a big pre-season as he looks to firmly secure the role of second ruckman alongside Stefan Martin following the retirement of Trent West at the end of the season.

Season By Season

• Rookie Archie Smith spent his second season at the Club playing in the Reserves.

• Smith’s effort was particularly strong in the second half of the season, where he used his big bodied frame in the defensive 50 to make an impact on marking contests.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 3
    • Kicks 3.3
    • Handballs 10.0
    • Disposals 13.3
    • Marks 1.0
    • Hit-Outs 23.3
    • Tackles 3.3
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.7

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 6 Adelaide Crows Rd 20
Handballs 17 Port Adelaide Rd 19
Disposals 19 Port Adelaide Rd 19
Marks 1 Carlton Rd 21
Hit-outs 32 Adelaide Crows Rd 20
Tackles 5 Port Adelaide Rd 19
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 21
AFL Fantasy 96 Port Adelaide Rd 19

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 166 - 102 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne L 83 - 117 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Geelong Cats L 125 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Western Bulldogs L 120 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Sydney Swans L 94 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Port Adelaide L 136 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Collingwood L 65 - 143 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Melbourne L 131 - 68 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Hawthorn L 87 - 135 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Carlton L 102 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Fremantle L 64 - 147 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 West Coast Eagles L 82 - 131 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Richmond L 117 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Gold Coast Suns L 139 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GWS Giants L 67 - 146 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon W 91 - 128 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide L 79 - 173 2 17 19 1 30 6 1 5 0 0 96
20 Adelaide Crows L 177 - 39 6 9 15 1 32 1 0 3 0 0 84
21 Carlton W 99 - 95 2 4 6 1 8 1 2 2 1 1 35
22 Geelong Cats L 69 - 129 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 St Kilda L 161 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 19 10 30 40 3 70 8 3 10 1 1 215

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 3
    • Kicks 3.3
    • Handballs 10.0
    • Disposals 13.3
    • Marks 1.0
    • Hit-Outs 23.3
    • Tackles 3.3
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 6 Adelaide Crows Rd 20, 2016
Handballs 17 Port Adelaide Rd 19, 2016
Disposals 19 Port Adelaide Rd 19, 2016
Marks 1 Carlton Rd 21, 2016
Hit-outs 32 Adelaide Crows Rd 20, 2016
Tackles 5 Port Adelaide Rd 19, 2016
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 21, 2016
AFL Fantasy 96 Port Adelaide Rd 19, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Brisbane Lions 10 30 40 3 70 8 3 10 1 1 215
2015 Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Brisbane Lions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

• Archie Smith – the son of former Brisbane Bullets NBL All-Star Andre Moore – looked set to pursue a basketball career in the USA, with a number of colleges offering 201cm prodigy scholarship. 

• His supreme athleticism first caught the eye of Lions Academy scouts during the U18 State Basketball Classics in 2012, and the Club acted quickly to provide him with a possible alternate pathway.

• Although Smith first saw the Academy as an opportunity to get fitter for the upcoming basketball season, he quickly fell is love with Australian Rules. 

• Less than 6 months after joining the Academy, he was selected to represent Queensland in the AFL U18 National Championships. He played a total of five matches, averaging six disposals and 18 hitouts per game. 

• He also played eight NEAFL matches with Mt Gravatt and the Lions Reserves, before being drafted to the Club with Pick No.69 at the 2013 AFL Rookie Draft.

• In less than 12 months since he first kicked an oval Sherrin, Smith was a listed AFL player, with his athleticism and flair in the ruck already drawing early comparisons to West Coast star Nic Naitanui.

Awards

Other Awards

Queensland U18 Representative
2013