Big Dreams for Boston
- Monday, 13 July 2015
After playing gridiron and rugby a different kind of game caught US-born Rory Smith’s eye.
Smith was living in Boston and fell in love with Australian Rules, and it has since sprouted into a pipe-dream that has him playing with Subiaco.
"I was originally introduced to AFL through an Australian guy on Xbox, I watched the game and really enjoyed it.
The physicality and the skills really drew me and I was pretty interested in playing. I found a local club in Boston and decided to give it a crack." said Smith
At the Boston Demons Rory would come across ex-Subi development manager Russell Smith and West Coast-Richmond ex-pat Jeremy Humm; who encouraged him to make the move.
"I played for the Demons and went alright. I won the best and fairest which gave me a bit of confidence and Rus Smith and Jeremy Humm were really supportive in making the move to Perth,
Russell had connections with Subiaco football manager Luke Sanders and we were able to work something out." said Smith
Rory made the move to Perth in the off-season and despite a bit of culture shock; "Boston" has fit right in.
"It was pretty daunting at first, especially adapting to a new country at the same time but i'm definitely glad I made the decision,
"The culture and mate-ship in Australian football is awesome, and the guys at Subiaco and Scarborough have been really welcoming." said Smith
Rory has been playing the majority of the season with Scarborough in the WA Amateurs but got the call for his first WAFL game on the weekend. With the blood pumping Subi's american recruit got his first taste of the action.
"I was really pumped when I got the call, the adrenaline was definitely pumping. I think I did alright, didn't get a whole lot of game-time but I tried to play my role and add some fresh legs." added Smith
With plenty of football left to play "Boston" could find himself lining up for Subi again in 2015; but Football Operations Manager Luke Sanders believes developing Rory Smith is the main focus.
"Rory should aim to play more WAFL football but the focus is still on developing his abilities,
"He's made good progress, he's still catching up in the skill department but that's understandable from the base that he's come from. We've had specialist kicking sessions with him and he's been playing consistently for Scarborough in the amateurs,
"Although he has some work to do on his skills we knew he'd be able to tackle and provide the one percenters required in our game-style and were looking forward to seeing him develop." said Sanders