Graeme Smith

A man whose footballing achievements are renowned throughout the Red Centre, Graeme Smith’s playing career spanned over 200 league games with the Pioneer Football Club. Graeme began his decorated career as a 1984 Northern Territory Primary Schools Representative and at just 16 years of age became a Premiership player with Pioneers Football Club, going on to play in a further seven Pioneer Premiership teams. His list of achievements playing in the Central Australia Football League (CAFL) includes winning the prestigious Everingham Medal in the 1991 and 2001 grand finals, being named the 1994 CAFL Player of the Year and winning the 1999 Leading Goal Kicker award. A two time CAFL Best and Fairest Minahan Medalist, winning in 1995 and 2000, Graeme captained the Pioneers from 1998 to 2004, securing the Club’s Best and Fairest award five times. Graeme played for South Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League in 1993 before moving to the Barkly Football League, being awarded the 1996 and 1998 Eagles Football Club Best and Fairest. Representing the CAFL in seven games, a true example of his impact on the game was best exemplified in 2002 when Graeme was named captain of the All Australian Aboriginal team. In 2006, Graeme was the Premiership Player Coach for the Eagles Football Club and in that same year he played league football in the same Pioneers team as his son! Graeme was awarded Life Membership of the Pioneer Football Club in 2000. In 2005, he was inducted into the CAFL Hall of Fame and was named a member of the CAFL Team of the Century as Ruck Rover, and additionally, in 2009, he received a CAFL Life Membership. A true servant of the game whose sensational playing career we salute, Graeme Smith is welcomed into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.