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Ben Hart

Games Played 311

Career 1992 - 2006

Debut 1991

Date of Birth 09/07/1974

Biography

AFC Debut Number: 38               AFC Debut Game:  Round 1 v Footscray, 1992
AFC Career Guernsey Number: 34

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.

In 2005 he was selected in the AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000.

In 2015 he was inducted as one of the inaugural members of the Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame

In 2021 he was selected as a back pocket in Adelaide’s “The Best 22 of 30 Years”.

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

Season No. Games Goals Behinds Kicks Handballs Disposals Marks Tackles
1992 34 22 4 2 169 91 260 54 20
1993 34 20 2 1 134 67 201 35 31
1994 34 22 4 4 255 97 352 78 36
1995 34 21 10 7 222 74 296 60 37
1996 34 22 4 4 190 112 302 57 24
1997 34 26 2 6 287 80 367 102 31
1998 34 26 5 3 213 76 289 76 61
1999 34 21 3 2 229 81 310 90 21
2000 34 22 2 2 209 68 277 79 33
2001 34 22 4 4 256 72 328 78 46
2002 34 25 2 2 302 97 399 110 43
2003 34 21 - 2 217 80 297 73 46
2004 34 6 - - 57 21 78 29 6
2005 34 22 3 1 215 111 326 85 35
2006 34 13 - - 131 59 190 76 12
Totals - 311 45 40 3086 1186 4272 1082 482

Awards

All Australian

All Australian

1992

All Australian

All Australian

1993

Premiership Player

Premiership Player

1997

Premiership Player

Premiership Player

1998

Club Champion

Club Champion

1999

All Australian

All Australian

1999

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2000

AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000

AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000

2001

Club Champion

Club Champion

2002

All Australian

All Australian

2002

AFL Life Member

AFL Life Member

2006

AFC Hall of Fame

AFC Hall of Fame

2015

Australian Football Hall of Fame

Australian Football Hall of Fame

2016

Best 22 of 30 Years

Best 22 of 30 Years

2021