Spock beaming up to 350
The veteran and oldest member of the senior team this week Matt “Spock” Smith plays his 350th senior EFL game.
Smith at the ripe old age of 37 cannot yet rule out playing on next season.
He made his senior debut in 1994 as a scrawny teenager and was fortunate enough to win a premiership in his first season. As the years have passed he has turned himself gone from a scrawny teenager to the Adonis of The Basin FC.
Tomorrow he will run out for the 350th time in possibly the biggest game of the season and become one of a select few to reach the milestone as a bear.
Spocky has made a name for himself throughout the EFL as a hardworking, tough as nails key position player who has played in each division that the EFL has to offer.
Spock debut at the age of 17, Round 1, 1994 against a formidable opponent Norwood they went on to win the game by 53 points. That season he won his first senior premiership in possibly the toughest team in The Basin Football Clubs History. Playing in various finals campaign’s in 2nd Division, Spock capped off the 1996 season with a senior Best and Fairest.
After starting his football as a bear from 1994 – 1999, his football journey took him to the most decorated club in the EFL – Vermont. It wasn’t long before his hard work and natural talent flourished and he became one of the toughest defenders in 1st Division. To top it off he had the honour of vice-captain, played in various EFL representative teams and secured his second and third premierships with Vermont during his time there.
After reaching the heights of 1st Division in 2006, he followed his heart back to where it all started at The Basin FC. Spock began the enormous task of helping his former club back to the glory of once he was a part of.
Ten years after his first season Spock won his second senior Best and Fairest. Spock became an integral part of getting The Basin back up the Division’s. After many years of finals and 4th division team of the year appearances it wasn’t until 2012 that he won his fourth senior premiership with his home club. He finished the year off with another team of the year appearance.
In 2012 Spock added another achievement to his already highly decorated football career and was awarded The Basin Football Club Life Membership. In 2013 Matt “Spock” Smith was inducted into The Basin Football Clubs, 1990’s and 2000’s team of the decades.
In Round 17, 2014 he is still integral part of the team with his leadership and high playing standards unmatched. While off field Spock is also into his second year as The Basin FC Football Manager.
As to the question of next season even after a career of 20 years he still puts the team before himself, “I will play as long as the team need’s me but I don’t want to take a spot of a younger guy coming through” Spock said. No matter what happens next season number 44 will go down as a legend of the game.