Jaslynne Smith - the Panther Product
Updated: Aug 17, 2019
“Jas is the most consistent player in the back and is so reliable. Always will be a good mate” (Hannah Munyard, 2018).
Jaslynne Smith has had an impressive journey that has seen her become of one of the South Adelaide Football Club’s best defender’s and her journey continues down a very bright and promising path.
Her football journey began at the Kenilworth Football Club in 2014; with the young defender playing in the U14 girls’ team and the U14 boys’ team.
It was here that Jas tasted her first bit of football success, claiming the U14 girls Best and Fairest and the U14 boys Coaches Award.
She then made her way to the Morphettville Park Football Club, where she progressed from the U15s through to the U18s.
During this time the humble player achieved even more success; winning the Coaches Award in 2017 as well as playing in two premierships for Morphettville Park.
On top of local footy, Jas was busy performing brilliantly for the state side; representing South Australia in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
She was also apart of the Central Allies side in 2017 and 2018, providing her with one of her favourite memories from her career so far;
“Being coached by Bec Goddard and working with Chelsea Randall and other AFLW players in 2017 with the Allies. We won all three of our games when we weren’t expected to win any at the AFLW U18 National Championships on the Gold Coast.”
Most football supporters know Jaslynne as the very composed defender who has been causing headaches for the opposition over the last two SANFLW seasons with South Adelaide.
However, while Jas has been causing problems for the opposition over the past few seasons; she has been an integral part of South Adelaide for quite some time.
In fact, Jas donned the blue and white way back in 2015 as a part of South Adelaide’s inaugural U17 female side.
Despite narrowly losing the Grand Final; this brought another favourite moment to the young star as she kicked “South’s only goal in the 2015 U17 South girls Grand Final”.
Despite being the only one she definitely made it worthwhile as she “snapped it from the boundary while on the run”.
Jas would go on to taste premiership success; playing in the next two U17 premierships for South Adelaide in 2016 and 2017.
As a prime example of the talent produced from South Adelaide’s premiership winning junior pathway; she became apart of the Panthers inaugural female side in 2018.
It is with the senior side that one of Jas’s more interesting moments occurred when, during a preseason training session;
“We were playing a scratch match and our coach Krissie disappeared for a while but then we found her looking at the game from up on the roof of the club rooms at South. It was so random.”
The 2018 SANFLW season would see Jaslynne establish herself as a very classy defender; often displaying her accurate kick and strong hands throughout the season.
On top of this, Jas also displayed her great awareness and composure under pressure.
And there was no better game to show a high level of composure than during the 2018 SANFLW Grand Final.
The game would go down as one of her favourite moments of all time; as South Adelaide withstood the immense forward pressure by Norwood to come out on top by just five-points.
Her performances in 2018 also saw the humble defender receive a spot in the 2018 SANFL Women’s Advertiser Team of the Year; which is another favourite moment for the young star.
2019 saw Jaslynne don the blue and white again and she managed to surpass the high standards she set the previous season.
Playing great football consistently over the season with her strong marking ability and quick pace seeing the number 35 gather 22 marks and 19 tackles for the season.
Meanwhile, she also gathered 109 disposals for the season yet rarely wasted it with an impressive 78% disposal efficiency for the year.
And she added the 2019 SANFLW premiership medallion to her long list of accolades.
However, despite an outstanding career which has seen her play in six premierships; she is still a very wholesome and appreciative person.
And as a wholesome person; she’s not afraid to joke or even laugh at herself;
“One time I was retrieving the ball from behind the fence after the opposition missed the goal. I got the ball and was climbing back over the fence onto the ground and my boot caught on the fence and I fell.”
While as an appreciative person; she has got some people that she would like to thank;
“I think my coaches have been massive for me; Krissie, Rick and my state coach Bill Economou. I learnt so much from them and they are all so supportive. My dad has been pretty big as well, he was the person who first taught me how to kick a footy.”
Going forward for the young defender she will continue to perform on the footy field, however away from sport she’s;
“Just working, hoping to study next year but I don’t know what I want to do yet. I like listening to music, being outdoors and just being active.”
On top off sharing another of her favourite memories which was “being involved in the first Adelaide Crows High Performance Academy”.
Jaslynne has some generous words of advice for other football players that dream of achieving similar success;
“I’d say to take every opportunity that comes your way and make the most of them because there’s no better time to be involved. I’d also say to listen to your coaches and really absorb everything they say because it’s only going to help you and make you a better player.”
As a six-time premiership player and three-time state player; this wholesome footballer has achieved so much success in only her early stages of her career.
Going forward, there is no doubt that Jaslynne will remain the humble person she is today as her path continues to even brighter and promising heights.