BOTTOM-AGER Bailey Smith had one of the best individual games of the 2017 TAC Cup season, earning him AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Round.
The Sandringham Dragons midfielder racked up a round-high 44 disposals in a best-on-ground display in the Dragons’ 30-point win over Western Jets on Saturday.
With Smith’s private school Xavier College having the bye in the APS school football competition, he was able to turn his attention to the contest in blustery conditions at Frankston Oval, winning the ball at ease throughout the midfield.
Smith finished with 44 disposals (22 contested) at 72 per cent efficiency, 13 inside 50s, 10 clearances, six marks and four rebound 50s.
His work in the contest was super and he recorded a game high five centre clearances, able to get the ball moving forward for the Dragons.
The bottom-ager has played six games this season, averaging 27 disposals and is putting his hand up to be one of the handful of additions to the NAB AFL Academy when it is announced in the coming months.
He becomes the fourth Sandringham Dragons player to win the award, making it back-to-back Dragons after Charlie Constable claimed the award for his strong performance against Bendigo Pioneers in Round 13.
AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Round:
Round One: Max King (Sandringham Dragons)
Round Two: Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets)
Round Three: Will Stephenson (Gippsland Power)
Round Four: Aaron Trusler (Sandringham Dragons)
Round Five: Jordan Johnston (Greater Western Victoria Rebels)
Round Six: Sam Hayes (Eastern Ranges)
Round Seven: Thomas North (Eastern Ranges)
Round Eight: Harry Benson (Geelong Falcons)
Round Nine: Callum Porter (Gippsland Power)
Round Ten: Xavier O’Halloran (Western Jets)
Round Eleven: Toby Wooller (Oakleigh Chargers)
Round Twelve: Jackson Ross (Eastern Ranges)
Round Thirteen: Charlie Constable (Sandringham Dragons)
Round Fourteen: Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)