Leagues: AFLW, Coates Talent League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships
Jasmyn Smith is an exciting midfielder/forward who is strong on the inside and able to use her skill and smarts to impact a game in transition. She has high-level defensive pressure to match her offensive impact, and while she has to tidy up her ground balls to take her game to another level, the 158cm is a far improved player on past seasons and one of the more underrated talents in the AFLW Draft crop.
Jasmyn Smith was one of the surprise packets of the AFLW Under 18 Championships, being the premier clearance midfielder at the carnival. Though not reward with All-Australian honours, Smith averaged 17.7 disposals, six clearances and six tackles per game, predominantly spending time on the inside, then rotating forward. Though she has played on a wing in the past to help with her run and carry, Smith has looked comfortable on the inside and really lifted her draft stocks in the past 12 months.
Smith is a player who can fill a hole in the midfield or up forward, and is a clean user of the ball by hand or foot. As someone who was more heavily reliant on using it by hand in the past, Smith has been able to get ball to boot more often this year, and it has helped with her impact on games. She is by no means a penetrating kick, but she is clean over short and medium distances.
Aside from perhaps adding that extra bit of punch to her kicks, Smith’s major improvement would be her cleanliness at ground level. With ball-in-hand, Smith is clean and precise, but she can be a touch more fumbly than others when trying to win it off the deck. If she can add that element to her game where she can consistently be a one-touch player, then it will help her exponentially considering she can burst away and evade opponents.
Additionally, Smith is really clever at drawing free kicks, be it head highs, or in the back, and that helps her also extract the ball from the stoppage. She is clever at the ruck taps, and reads the ball of hands well, but is just as comfortable laying a strong tackle on an opponent. When having time and space and being able to run with ball-in-hand, Smith generally makes good decision and can influence a match in transition regularly. One to watch from an AFLW Draft perspective.
Jasmyn Smith had more clearances at the 202 AFLW Under 18 Championships than any other player, recording a total of 18, at six per game.
Coates Talent League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships
AFLW U17 Championships