Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Hawthorn is rallying behind
Isaac Smith after he was subjected to a barrage of abuse on social media
in the wake of the narrow loss to Geelong where Smith failed to convert a shot on goal that would have won the game for the Hawks.
"They're keyboard warriors that get stuck into players when incidents happen in games, so as a football club and myself personally, I don't think that should happen," teammate Luke Breust said.
"There's so many things that happen in a game of football and unfortunately for him he was the one that had the final kick. He had the opportunity to win the game for us, but not actually lose it for us.
"I'd back him in on the run every time and he'll continue to do that."
Sunday, 16 July 2017
Isaac Smith finds himself being
a hot topic on social media
after failing to convert a shot at goal that would have given the Hawks the win against Geelong.
With seven seconds left in the game, Smith marked the ball just inside the 50m arc from a Jack Gunston kick, but played on instead of taking the set shot.
"I wasn't quite sure if I marked it outside 50 or inside 50, so I wasn't quite sure on the distance," Smith said.
"I saw I had time and space in front of me and usually on the run I don't miss, and yesterday I did."
The moment drew instant comparisons to Smith's miss in last year's qualifying final against Geelong at the MCG when he failed to convert a set shot after the siren.
"Lightning strikes twice and you wouldn't think it would happen twice against the same team in under 12 months, but it has," Smith said.
"Social media has been pretty interesting the last 24 hours.
"I've had a few giggles and there's been a few interesting comments but it's also nice, there's a lot of messages of support."
Monday, 29 May 2017
Isaac Smith backs the AFL's much-discussed deliberate
rule after Richmond's Jayden Short was penalised against the Bombers.
The free kick against Short came after he won a foot race to the goal square against Essendon's Josh Green then elected to slide with the ball across the line.
Green had given up on the chase and was a few metres behind.
Tigers coach Damien Hardwick was adamant the umpire in question "made a mistake", but Smith had a different take.
"I like the rushed behind rule and I think it's good for the game and the spectators if the ball is kept in," Smith said.
"It's actually a little bit of a bugbear of mine – I'm sick of the commentators and everyone speaking about it.
"I think, 'Keep the ball in as much as you can, if you're not under too much pressure'."
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Isaac Smith says it is time to move on after his post-siren shot in last week's qualifying final sailed wide and handed victory to Geelong.
"I actually felt pretty relaxed and was pretty realistic about it and thought if I kick it we win it and if I don't we lose," Smith said.
"Off the boot I actually though it was going through. It felt really nice off the boot. I think there was a photo in one of the papers of me starting to celebrate and then as it got it about halfway I saw the ball starting to turn over and I thought, not good, this is going to be a fun 48-72 hours.
Several of his teammates, including Sam Mitchell, Liam Shiels and Jordan Lewis, have taken to the airwaves this week to support Smith, backing the 27-year-old as one of the best players at Hawthorn to have the ball if a similar situation arose again.
"It's fantastic the support I got over the weekend and even the last couple of days," Smith said.
"A lot of people in the industry sent me texts or gave me a call. A lot of family and friends sent me texts and gave me a call. I guess the last thing you want is for people to take pity on you as well. You want to be able to move on."
"We live to fight another day. It was a great moment to have and I'd love to have it again this weekend as well."
Friday, 8 April 2016
Ahead of his first meeting against his old side, new Bulldog Matthew Suckling has revealed a text message from an ex-teammate has given him a sneaky suspicion of what awaits him at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The 27-year-old is glad to get the initial encounter "out of the way" early in the season and suspects a life-long mate could be his opponent at the opening bounce.
"Isaac Smith sent me a text with our magnets next to each other (on the whiteboard), so hopefully that happens throughout the course of the night," Suckling said.
"(There's been) a few sly comments here and there, and I'm sure they'll continue right up to the game.
"It's definitely a different week because I spent a lot of time (at Hawthorn) and formed a lot of great friendships, but I'm on the other side now and I'm looking forward to it."
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Hawk Isaac Smith says he is looking forward to playing against long-time friend and former teammate Matthew Suckling.
Suckling went to the Dogs as a free agent on a three-year contract, after the Hawks beat West Coast in last year's decider.
Smith and Suckling share a long history. The pair is from New South Wales and played together in the juniors at the Wagga Tigers.
They won consecutive premierships in the under-18s, a feat they repeated at Hawthorn in 2014 and 2015.
"I'm just looking forward to playing against one of my good mates," Smith said.
"I caught up with him the other night and have already been into him. It will be good fun.
"Once you cross that white line (though), he's just another Bulldog."
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Isaac Smith signs a two-year contract extension with Hawthorn that will keep him at the club until the end of 2018.
"My family have now become attached to the club and my partner's obviously got a lot of friends around here as well. It's a great little community," Smith said.
"Also success is a big thing as well. We're a successful club and everyone here is doing their bit to make sure that we’re successful and we go out and deliver on the weekends."
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Isaac Smith outruns beep-test stars Billy Hartung and Bradley Hill to win the club's first pre-season 2km time-trial at Box Hill City Oval.
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Isaac Smith signs a two-year contract extension with Hawthorn that will keep him at the club until the end of 2016.
"When you find those special friendships and relationships, you just don't want to leave them because you're having a good time and there's no point putting a spanner in the works," Smith said.
"We all get along well, and there's a good bunch of blokes coming through around the 21-25 age bracket, so there's a nice core group of us there who are all good mates.
"I'm just happy that they put something on the table and I'm really just happy to be here for another few years.
"It's a pretty special place. You feel welcome and wanted around here, so it's a good place to be."
Sunday, 8 September 2013
Isaac Smith finds himself being tagged in the Hawks' qualifying final win against Sydney.
"It was good fun. It's an honour to get tagged, it means you're doing something for the side – so keep bringing it," Smith said.
"When you get someone sitting on you, you try to do the team things, you make two on ones, things like that.
"I probably sacrificed my game a little bit but it was good to get a couple of touches in the end because I was having a bloody 'mare'.
"But most of all it was just good to get the win."
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Talented young Hawthorn midfielder Isaac Smith has signed a new two-year deal with the club.
"I didn't even think of moving; I always wanted to stay at the Hawks so I was happy to put pen to paper," Smith told the Herald Sun.
"There is a great group of young fellas coming through, which has brought a lot of energy and excitement into the club, and I think you can see that on field."
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Hawthorn's Isaac Smith says he still laughs about AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou pronouncing his surname as Omith and not Smith at the 2011 Brownlow Medal count.
"I was having a few beers so I didn't realise, but I soon found out about it because my phone got flooded with text messages," Smith said.
"So I'm now Isaac Omith, not Smith. A few of my mates still joke about it. Hopefully I can get a few votes this year, which will correct the situation."
Exciting Hawthorn wingman Isaac Smith has started negotiations over a new deal, saying he wants to stay at the club.
"I'm just going through a few things [with Hawthorn] at the moment, so we're seeing where we're at," Smith said.
"Hopefully it gets over and done with pretty quickly. I want to be at Hawthorn, so hopefully it all comes through."
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Isaac Smith reflects on his long road to the AFL.
Growing up in Cootamundra, NSW, Smith took a gap year after high school before moving to country Victoria to complete a sports management degree at the University of Ballarat.
There he played footy for Redan, before a call up from VFL side North Ballarat midway through the 2010 season. His performances at senior level attracted the attention of Hawthorn who took a punt on the goalkicking midfielder.
"The hardest thing is coming in at 22 and then realising that in five years' time I'm going to be 27," Smith said.
"Really, I've only got a short period to make it count. I had to work hard and did it a completely different way to a lot of other guys in the game. I'm just going to try and make the most of it."
Saturday, 20 August 2011
First-year Hawk Isaac Smith is learning to enjoy his footy again after spending most of his early career taking it a bit too seriously.
"I reckon early on I sort of got in a bad headspace, with viewing footy as a business and not enjoying it," Smith said.
"I always played footy to enjoy it with my mates and have fun. So I just thought, 'you know what? Bugger it. If I'm going to play footy, I'm going to enjoy it'.
"That's the reason I started playing and that's the reason I've always played, (but) you can get caught up in it all."
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Hawk Isaac Smith says he enjoys playing at Aurora Stadium after notching 21 touches against Gold Coast at the ground.
"There's a lot of pressure for spots in the side when everyone's up and about, so you have to play really well when the opportunity presents itself," Smith said.
"I was blowing a bit, but my fitness is really good. Being the sort of player I am, I will drift in and out of the game a little bit."
Monday, 29 November 2010
Hawthorn draftee Isaac Smith says Michael Barlow and James Podsiadly have broadened the recruiter's horizons, allowing older players to play AFL.
"I'm just happy that Barlow and Podsiadly have opened the door and created some hype around VFL players because there are a lot of good players running around," Smith said.