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Ben Hart

Games Played 311

Career 1992 - 2006

Debut 1991

Guernsey Number 34

Date of Birth 09/07/1974


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Biography

The youngest player in Adelaide’s foundation squad eventually became the Crows’ first 300-gamer and one of the Club’s highest regarded players.

Ben Hart was wearing his Rostrevor College uniform when the 16-year-old Year 12 student was first introduced to the media in 1991. A year later he became the youngest ever Crow on AFL debut (17 years, 256 days). Hart moved quickly from combining SANFL with North Adelaide and his school commitments to starring for Crows in defence, where he won All Australian selection in his first season and was named AFL Rookie of the Year.

He was given some tough roles against much bigger forwards but used his speed and leap to compensate for a lack of height and weight. His second season was just as good but he drifted along for a couple of years before a change in coach in 1997.

In both 1997 and 1998 he was a key contributor to Adelaide’s grand final triumphs. Although the Crows struggled in 1999, Hart’s form was rewarded with a club best and fairest award and selection in a third AFL All Australian team. He won his second club Malcolm Blight Medal in 2002, when he also was chosen for a fourth time as an All Australian. Hart rarely missed a game through injury in his first 12 seasons but hamstring and back problems restricted him to just six games in 2004. Injuries slowed down his progress but in 2006 he became the first Crow to play 300 games, becoming an AFL Life Member as a result.

Hart was delisted by the Crows at the end of that season and then spent a year back in the SANFL with North Adelaide. He worked as an assistant coach at Collingwood before returning to the Crows at the end of 2007 as an assistant coach. He left at the end of season 2020 to return to live in Melbourne.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
1992342242169912605420
1993342021134672013531
1994342244255973527836
19953421107222742966037
19963422441901123025724
19973426262878036710231
1998342653213762897661
1999342132229813109021
2000342222209682777933
2001342244256723287846
20023425223029739911043
20033421 -2217802977346
2004346 - -572178296
20053422312151113268535
20063413 - -131591907612
Totals-31145403086118642721082482

Awards

All Australian

All Australian

1992

All Australian

All Australian

1993

Premiership

Premiership

1997

Premiership

Premiership

1998

Club Champion

1999

All Australian

All Australian

1999

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2000

AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000

2001

Club Champion

2002

All Australian

All Australian

2002

AFL Life Member

AFL Life Member

2006

AFC Hall of Fame

2015

AFL Hall of Fame

AFL Hall of Fame

2016