18 July 1959 (age 64)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 271d
Last game: 31y 298d
Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 89 kg
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
|East Fremantle||WASFL||1978-1983, 1993||97||80||0.82||—||—||—||—||—|
AFL: 9,498th player to appear, 2,182nd most games played, 2,520th most goals kickedHawthorn: 695th player to appear, 216th most games played, 222nd most goals kickedBrisbane: 51st player to appear, 139th most games played, 131st most goals kicked
Tall, pacy and strong overhead, wingman Rod Lester-Smith endured more than his fair share of injury woes during a six-season, 96-game phase of his league career with East Fremantle. Nevertheless he represented the state, and played in the club's 1979 Grand Final win over arch rival South Fremantle. Despite his fitness problems he was signed by Hawthorn in 1983 and gave the Hawks sterling service, mainly as a defender, in 70 VFL games over the next four seasons.
From 1988 to 1991, Lester-Smith rounded off his V/AFL career at Brisbane, where he added a final 39 VFL games to his tally. The last of his league games came in 1993 when, as a 33-year-old, he made one final senior appearance for East Fremantle against arch rivals South Fremantle. Lester-Smith later coached the Sharks in 2003 and for part of 2004.
Author - John Devaney