Welcome to the Yass Roos Football Club site. The Yass Roos have been in existence since 2002 and we currently field a team in the AFL Canberra Grade 4 competition. Our home ground is Joe O'Connor Park (Laidlaw St) in the township of Yass (NSW) and our club base is at the Australian Hotel, Yass.
Roos First 200 Game Player
When the Aussie Hotel Yass Roos ran out last Saturday against Cootamundra Daniel Smith ran on for his 200th game for the club. It was a low key occasion as Daniel was named as an emergency for the game and did not expect to play until a very late withdrawal saw him called into the team. It was typical of Daniel’s no-fuss attitude that he was not even aware that this would be his 200th.
He is a pioneer of longevity at the club being the first player to achieve 150 games and now the first to notch up 200. It is a testament to his loyalty and dedication as well as his enjoyment of the game that Daniel has made it to this wonderful milestone.
Daniel joined the fledgling Roos in their second year of competition back in 2003. Since then he has grown to be one of the clubs best players and a key mid-fielder. He was selected as Ruck-rover in the Roos Team of the Decade in 2012 when the Roos marked their 10th anniversary as a club.
A quiet achiever on the field, praise and recognition do not sit comfortably with Daniel but he has received plenty of this over his career with the Roos. His speed and strength and his tireless, give-it-all attitude on the field have earned him plenty of respect as a player and clubman for the Roos. His tenacious tackling and second efforts are inspirational and his consistent efforts at training set a benchmark for the team.
Daniel’s skills and effort have been recognised with several awards over the years including Most Improved Player (2005), Runner-up Best and Fairest Player (2006, 2009), Coach’s Award (2009) and Best and Fairest Player (2011) in the year he also captained the team. In 2014 Daniel was awarded Life Membership of the Yass Roos AFC in recognition of his service as a player and member of the club. He and his (now) wife Kasey, have been outstanding supporters of the Roos ever since he started playing.
These days it would be dishonest to say that he hasn’t slowed down a bit and injuries are taking more of a toll. But any coach would include him in the side as long as he is fit and he will still give his all whenever he steps onto the field. Look at the best player list each week and more often than not Daniel’s name will appear. He is understandably one of the most respected and admired members of the Yass Roos team and is cemented in the club’s history for his achievements.
Congratulations Smithy on a fine footy career. I remember back in 2013, celebrating Daniel’s 150 games, I said roll on 200. Dare I say now bring on 250! Only Daniel will decide that but I for one would be sad to see him hang up the boots just yet (although it would be a well-earned and thoroughly deserved retirement).
A proper banner will be organised for Daniel’s next game as the Yass Roos mark this historic occasion. I’ll see you at the footy.