35. Fred Smith

Player Inductee

North Launceston, Full Forward, 1931-40

> 133 games for North Launceston, 1931-40
> North Launceston NTFA premiership, 1931
> Tasman Shield Trophy for NTFA Best and Fairest, 1937, 1938
> North Launceston Best and Fairest, 1937, 1938, 1939
> NTFA leading goalkicker, 1934
> Multiple North Launceston leading goalkicker awards
> NTFA representative, 1933-35, 1937-39
> ‘Best Player’ award v TFL, 1934

A staple member of the strong North Launceston sides of the 1930s, full forward Fred Smith should have enjoyed far more team success than he ultimately did. Starting his career with the Robins in 1931, Smith played in a senior premiership in his first season, but unfortunately this would be the only premiership of his career, with Smith playing in a further seven unsuccessful grand final teams between 1932 and 1941. Despite the lack of team success Smith was nevertheless a brilliant player, winning back-to-back Tasman Shield Trophies in 1937 and 1938 as the NTFA’s best and fairest player, while also claiming a hat trick of club champion awards from 1937-39. A champion goalkicker for the Robins, Smith was also an outstanding contributor in intrastate matches from 1933-39, booting seven goals against the TFL in 1934 and eight goals against the NWFU in 1937. Unfortunately Smith’s outstanding career was brought to a premature end in 1940 by the Second World War.