Ben Hart was one of the best defenders AFL has seen in years.
With 311 games under his belt, Ben Hart was known as one of the toughest defenders to get past.
Benjamin Hart, popularly known as Ben Hart was one of the best defenders AFL has seen in years.
Ben Hart, who was born on July 9, 1974, was one of the greatest Australian Rules football players of all time. With 311 games under his belt, Ben Hart was known as one of the toughest defenders to get past.
Because of his position on ground, he was not much into scoring goals and managed to score only 45 goals throughout his playing career. He is one of the very few players who have played more than 300 games in AFL.
1992-2006: Adelaide Crows
Ben Hart played for only one club throughout his career. He started playing for Adelaide Crows in 1992. His debut match was against Footscray on March 22, 1992 at Football Park. It was a great debut season for Ben Hart because he made an immediate impact as a very strong defender.
He was only 18 years old during his debut.
Throughout the season, he played a total of 22 games and scored 3 goals. His extraordinary performance for the season opened up roads for All-Australian team. In the following season, he was once again selected for All-Australian team, making him one of the youngest players to achieve this feat two times in a row.
In the early days of 2005 season, Ben broke the long-standing record of Nigel Smart. Until 2005, Nigel was the only player from Adelaide Crows with highest numbers of games under his belt, a total of 279. Ben was the first player to break this record and early in next season he became the first ever player from Adelaide Crows to join the 300 Games Club.
The 2006 was not really the greatest on for Ben Hart because without even knowing he was actually on-route to his retirement. Despite the fact that Ben Hart was in his best possible form from the beginning of 2006, he suffered a broken-arm injury during Round 8 where he was playing against Richmond.
He however recovered and returned for Round 16 but was unfortunate enough to get another serious injury in Round 21, which marked the end of the season for him and at the same time wrapped up his career run. When 2006 season ended, Adelaide Crows decided to delist Ben Hart over the concerns of his durability and age.
On November 18, 2006, Ben Hart was once again nominated for national draft but unfortunately, all clubs decided to overlook him.
His career with Adelaide Crows did end with 2006 season but in 2007, he played in SANFL for North Adelaide and helped the team to reach the Grand Final. That was the last time he played and eventually announced his retirement.
Ben Hart worked as assistant coach for Adelaide Crows in 2008 and 2009. Currently, he is the defensive assistant coach for Collingwood Magpies.
Awards And Achievements
Ben Hart was a decorated player for Adelaide Crows. It is true that his career came to sudden halt because of the unfortunate injuries but he did manage to grab several awards throughout his career. Here is a quick list of his awards and achievements:
• 1992, 1993, 1999 and 2002: Ben Hart was selected for All-Australian team.
• 1992: Ben Hart was honoured as the AFL Rookie of the Year.
• 1996: He was honoured as AFL Mark of the Year.
• 1997 and 1998: Ben Hart was a member of the Adelaide premiership side.
• 1998 and 1999: He was included in the International Rules series.
• 1999 and 2002: He won the Adelaide Best and Fairest award.
• 2006: Ben Hart was the first ever Adelaide Crows player to reach the 300 Games Club.
There is absolutely no doubt that Ben Hart was one of the best defenders Adelaide Crows ever had. His awards and achievements are the naked proof of his quality and skills and Ben Hart will be remembered for his achievements for years to come.