Ryan Schoenmakers

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Ryan Schoenmakers
Personal information
Full name Ryan Schoenmakers
Nickname(s) Drago, Shoey
Date of birth (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 (age 25)
Original team(s) Norwood Redlegs
Draft 16th overall, 2008
Height / weight 195 cm / 94 kg
Position(s) Defender / Forward
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 25
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Hawthorn 101 (31)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights
  • AFL premiership player: 2015

Ryan Schoenmakers (born 8 November 1990) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was selected with the last pick of the first round selections, pick 16, in the 2008 AFL Draft.

Early career[edit]

Schoenmakers started his career with the Tea Tree Gully Football Club, becoming the first Tea Tree Gully player to play in the AFL. He moved to Norwood as a junior. Schoenmakers played at Centre Half Forward for the South Australian Under 18 side, as well as for Norwood in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). He is 195 cm tall and weighs 94 kg.

He was impressive at AFL Draft Camp, with the top ranking in the repeat sprints and in the top six in both the 20m sprint (2.90 sec) and standing vertical jump (69 cm).

Schoenmakers attended St Paul's College, situated in the north eastern suburbs of Adelaide.

AFL career[edit]

He made his debut for Hawthorn in the opening round of the 2009 AFL season, in the rematch of the 2008 AFL Grand Final against Geelong.[1]

He was given the nickname "Drago" after his striking resemblance to Dolph Lundgren's character Ivan Drago in the movie Rocky IV. [2]

Schoenmakers ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and strained the medial ligament in his right knee, during the Round 4, 2013 game against Fremantle in Launceston. He underwent a knee reconstruction and missed the 2013 premiership. [3]

Schoenmakers returned to the senior side in round 7 of 2014, with coach Alastair Clarkson choosing to play him in the forward line. Schoenmakers kicked four goals in the first half, before returning to the back line after Brian Lake was subbed out. Since this point, Schoenmakers has been used as a swingman between forward and defence.

In the 2015 AFL season he played both in the forward line and in defence, kicking 15 goals in 16 games. In the finals series of 2015 he was not selected in the first final against West coast, but was selected for the next two finals. He was selected for the Grand final and had an outstanding performance with 21 disposals and a goal and helped in the win over West coast by 46 points. As he had played in the loss of the 2012 grand final, was injured and could not play in the 2013 grand final, and was not selected in the 2014 Grand final. This was a special moment for him as his first grand final win. He was considered one of the best players throughout the hawks 2015 finals series.

Schoenmakers missed most of the 2016 season with a groin injury that didn't respond well to treatment.


  1. ^ Boulton, Martin; The Hawks give three new faces the go-ahead; 27 March 2009
  2. ^ HawksTV Hawks at Home: Schoenmakers. YouRepeat. Retrieved on 8 June 2013.
  3. ^ Confirmed ACL for Schoenmakers. HAWTHORNFC.com.au (21 April 2013). Retrieved on 8 June 2013.

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