Ben Hart

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Ben Hart
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-07-09) 9 July 1974 (age 40)
Original team North Adelaide (SANFL)
Debut Round 1, 22 March 1992, Adelaide
v. Footscray, at Football Park
Height/Weight 188 cm / 85 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–2006 Adelaide 311 (45)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2006 season.
Career highlights

Benjamin "Ben" Hart (born 9 July 1974) is a retired Australian rules footballer, who played with the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League. He is currently an assistant coach with Collingwood.

Early career[edit]

In 1992 Hart made his debut in the Adelaide Crows side direct from the 1st XVIII Rostrevor College team, and made an immediate impact as a defender, playing all 22 games (and booting 3 goals). The then-18 year old Hart won All-Australian selection that year and repeated that feat in 1993.

Records[edit]

In early 2005 Hart passed the Adelaide games record, overtaking Nigel Smart with 279 games. In early 2006 Hart reached another milestone, by becoming the first Adelaide Crows player to join the exclusive 300 Games Club. Hart had been in superb form early in 2006 but suffered his first major injury, a broken arm vs Richmond in Round 8 of 2006, making his return in Round 16. He was again injured in Round 21, ending his season and his career.

Retirement[edit]

At the end of the 2006 season, Hart was delisted by the Crows due to the long-term injuries of Biglands and Hentschel and concerns over Hart's age and durability.[1] On 18 November 2006 Hart nominated for the national draft but was overlooked by all clubs.[2]

He played for North Adelaide in the SANFL in 2007, helping them reach a grand final in 2007, and after this he announced his retirement.

In 2008 and 2009 Hart has been an assistant coach for the Adelaide Crows and is going to be an assistant coach at Collingwood Magpies as Defensive coach.

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Awards
Preceded by
Shaun Smith
Mark of the Year Winner
1996
Succeeded by
Tony Modra
Preceded by
Mark Ricciuto
Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
1999
Succeeded by
Simon Goodwin
Preceded by
Andrew McLeod
Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
2002
Succeeded by
Mark Ricciuto