Don Smith

Don_SmithChampion Sandgate centre half back and captain from the Sunshine Coast who played 300 games from 1970-84 and was selected in the Queensland Team of the Century in 2003. A 1968 All-Australian U15 Schoolboys selection, he won the Grogan Medal as a 20-year-old in 1973 and again in ’79. Enjoyed premiership triumphs in 1970-71-74-79, and played in losing grand final sides in 1972-73-76.

A seven-time club B&F winner in a very handy team, he played 21 State games despite some early indifference to representative football. Pursued by several AFL clubs, he once trialed with Collingwood before rejecting Melbourne’s inclement weather. Was senior captain-coach of Nambour from 1985-88 where he played 70 games. In 1992 his thirst for football was not sated and he gained All-Australian selection in the over 35’s Super Rules.

A junior coach with the new Coolum Beach Football Club in 2007-08, he is honoured each year by the Brisbane Lions when the club presents the Don Smith Most Professional Player Award, named in his honour.

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