Jeremy Cameron and Devon Smith share a lot more than football ability.
While both are forwards with extraordinary talent, they also enjoy fishing as their main pastime; it’s one that’s strengthened their bond since coming to the club.
“Me and Devon both love fishing so we used to do that back home or growing up,” Cameron says.
“So I guess that was that was probably the start.”
Featured as part of Channel Seven’s #discovered series, Cameron talks about the importance of having downtime away from the game.
“You don’t have to think about football all the time so after a big day of training, quite often we just get in the boat and come on down here,” he says.
“It’s just so quiet and you can kind of relate back to home, it’s just nice and quiet and just a peaceful getaway from football.”
“You don’t have to think about football all the time so after a big day of training, quite often we just get in the boat and come on down here.” – Jeremy Cameron
This is the second time Cameron has featured in the #DISCOVERED series; the first was in 2013 – a very successful year for Cameron. He took out the Giants’ Best and Fairest award and led their goal-kicking for the second straight year with 62 majors – only six away from the Coleman Medal.
Smith has had a less dramatic rise to the AFL ranks but has shown flashes of brilliance in his 50 matches for the Giants, with five and four-goal hauls in Rounds 2 and 11 respectively this season.
Smith admits fishing isn’t as common amongst other teammates.
“The boys are probably at the local café grabbing a coffee and breakfast, talking a bit of rot but we’re out on the boat pretty much doing the same thing and that’s our hobby compared to theirs. They probably think we’re a bit funny but we enjoy it,” Smith chuckles.
And while Smith doesn’t have as many accolades as his good mate, Cameron is happy to grant him the best prize when out on the water, albeit without having actually seen it in person.
“The biggest fish would have to go to Dev… I wasn’t actually on the boat, it was the first time I missed out,” Cameron says.
“He reeled in this one and called me up when I was having tea somewhere with a few of the boys and I still didn’t believe him. I’d just hang up on him because I didn’t believe the story but it turned out to be true when I saw it on Instagram later.”