Ben Hart

Benjamin Hart (born 9 July 1974) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League. He was an assistant coach with the Collingwood Football Club from 2012 to 2016.[1]

Ben Hart
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-07-09) 9 July 1974
Original team(s) North Adelaide (SANFL)
Debut Round 1, 1992, Adelaide
vs. Footscray, at Football Park
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–2006 Adelaide 311 (45)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1993–1999 South Australia
International team honours
1998–1999 Australia
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2006.
Career highlights



Sources: AFL Tables,

Early career

Ben Hart made his debut in the SANFL for North Adelaide in a semi final in 1990 at 16 years of age, he went on to combine his college commitments with those of the North Adelaide Roosters until he was selected by the Crows in 1992.

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.


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.


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.[2] On 18 November 2006 Hart nominated for the national draft but was overlooked by all clubs.[3]

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.

From 2008 to 2011, Hart was an assistant coach for the Adelaide Crows. He was then an assistant coach for the Collingwood Magpies from 2012 to 2016.[1] In 2018, Hart returned to the Adelaide Crows, resuming his role as assistant coach.


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1992 Adelaide 3422421699126054200.
1993 Adelaide 3420211346720135310.
1994 Adelaide 3422442559735278360.
1995 Adelaide 34211072227429660370.50.310.63.514.12.91.8
1996 Adelaide 34224419011230257240.
1997 Adelaide 34262628780367102310.
1998 Adelaide 3426532137628976610.
1999 Adelaide 3421322298131090210.
2000 Adelaide 3422222096827779330.
2001 Adelaide 3422442567232878460.
2002 Adelaide 34252230297399110430.
2003 Adelaide 3421022178029773460.
2004 Adelaide 346005721782960.
2005 Adelaide 34223121511132685350.
2006 Adelaide 3413001315919076120.
Career 311 45 40 3086 1186 4272 1082 482 0.1 0.1 9.9 3.8 13.7 3.5 1.5


  1. "Ben Hart". Collingwood Football Club. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 June 2004. Retrieved 2006-10-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 March 2007. Retrieved 2006-11-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. Ben Hart's player profile at AFL Tables
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