Hockey Victoria Awards

HV Awards

HV Best and Fairest in SL1 (Fin McNab Medal)

  • 2010 Andrew Smith
  • 2009 Andrew Smith
  • 2007 Andrew Smith
  • 2005 Andrew Smith
  • 2001 Andrew Smith
  • 2000 Andrew Smith

WA Best and Fairest (Olympians Medal)

  • 2003 Andrew Smith

Player Bio: Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith began playing at Doncaster Hockey Club at eleven years of age after moving from Newcastle NSW with his family. He showed a real talent for hockey at an early age and was regularly selected in Junior State teams including U13's, U15's, U16's, U18's & U21's.

Smitty moved into senior ranks at the club and quickly earnt a spot as a quality high striker at 17 years of age in a very strong Doncaster State League team. He was an integral part of the the Doncaster 1997 SL1 premiership team and was an inspirational captain of the Donny 2009 SL1 premiership team. He has  won the John Henry Shield SL1 Best Player award three times (2000, 2001, 2010).  He has  won the Fin McNab medal for the Best SL player in Victoria (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009 & 2010) for a record total of 6 times. Andrew has captained Doncaster SL team for at least three seasons and played his final SL1 game for Donny in the 2011 Grand final. Not surprisingly Smitty was selected as captain of the Doncaster team of 40 years (1974-2014).

In 1999 Andrew earnt selection into the Victorian Vikings and represented Victoria until 2008. He was captain of Victoria in 2007-8. In 2002, Smitty was selected into the Australian Kookaburra squad and headed to Perth. Whilst in Perth he won another club competition Best and Fairest - The Olympians Medal in 2003.

Andrew played 114 games for the Kookaburra's from 2002 until 2008. In this time he was involved in two winning Champions trophy teams and ultimately got to play the semi-final and bronze medal match in the 2008 Beijing Olympics despite missing intitial selection for this team. Andrew can now proudly boast that he is an Olympic Bronze medallist.

Coupled with all this great success Andrew suffered some major career setbacks with serious hip injuries putting him out of the game for long periods and selection heartaches which would crush anyone's enthusiasm for the game. He was selected as a train on for the Athens Olympics having to travel with the team to the Olympic Village and leave once the Olympics started, he then had to watch from afar as his team mates won Australia's first ever men's hockey Olympic Gold. He suffered similar disappointment with the 2006 Commonwealth games.

Andrew Smith worked very hard for his success in hockey and is one of Doncaster's greatest players - a true champion on and off the field! 

Andrew Smith - Olympic Bronze Medallist 2008