Shaun Hart

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Shaun Hart
Personal information
Full name Shaun Hart
Date of birth (1971-05-17) 17 May 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Ferntree Gully, Victoria
Original team Shepparton United Football Club
(Goulburn Valley Football League)
Draft 33, 1989
Brisbane Bears
Height/Weight 175cm / 75kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1989 – 1996
1997 – 2004
Brisbane Bears
Brisbane Lions
102 (81)
171 (96)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Preliminary final, 2004 season.
Career highlights
  • Brisbane Bears reserves premiership 1991
  • Brisbane Lions premiership side 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Brisbane Lions Preliminary Final side 2004
  • Norm Smith Medal 2001

Shaun Hart (born 17 May 1971) is the Director of Coaching at Australian Football League (AFL) club, Port Adelaide.[1] He is a former player who played his entire professional career at the Brisbane Lions where he was a premiership winning utility player. He has also had assistant coaching and development roles at the Gold Coast Football Club.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Ferntree Gully, Victoria and moved to country Victoria where he played for the Shepparton United Football Club.

Hart was recruited to the Brisbane Bears from Shepparton in the 1989 national AFL draft.

AFL career[edit]

Shaun Hart played his first senior game in the first match of the 1990 season.

He initially struggled with the demands of professional football and played a great deal of football in reserve grade. This allowed him to gain a place in the Bears' only premiership side by being eligible to play in the 1991 reserve grade Grand Final.

In 2001 he was awarded his highest individual honour, the Norm Smith Medal, as best on ground in the Lions' first premiership win. He also went on to play important roles in the Lions successful campaigns in 2002 and 2003.

In the 2004 Preliminary Final, with the Lions poised to enter a playoff for a record-equalling fourth consecutive premiership, Hart was unlucky enough to find himself in the path of teammate Daniel Bradshaw on a lead. Bradshaw was unable to avoid a collision and Hart emerged with massive facial injuries. He was immediately taken to hospital, where shocked medical staff commented that his injuries were consistent with being in a car crash at speed without wearing a seat belt. As a consequence of consistent head injuries, for much of his career, he wore a soft helmet.

Unable to take his place in the Lions side for the 2004 Grand Final, he was forced to watch from his hospital bed as his team failed to maintain a half-time lead over Port Adelaide due to injuries to key forwards Jonathan Brown and Alastair Lynch. He announced his retirement from football not long afterwards.

Post playing career[edit]

Not long after retiring, Hart supported the newly formed, Christian-aligned Family First Party in 2004 Federal election to the Australian House of Representatives. In 2007 he stood as a Family First candidate in Queensland for the Senate at the 2007 Australian federal election,[2] although he was unsuccessful.

In 2008, Hart was appointed the senior coach of the Broadbeach football club in Queensland.[3]

Hart held a number of coaching and development roles at the Gold Coast Football Club from 2009 until January 2014 and then joined Port Adelaide as Director of Coaching in January 2014.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jackson, Ed (10 January 2014). "Suns lose Hart to Power". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lions star runs for Family First". The Australian. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Shaun Hart". Fox Sport Pulse. Fox Sport Pulse. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Morgan, Kym (10 January 2014). "Brisbane champion Shaun Hart replaces Alan Richardson as coaching director at Port Adelaide". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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Preceded by
James Hird
Norm Smith Medallists
2001
Succeeded by
Nathan Buckley