Darel Hart

Darel Hart (born 3 January 1964) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Darel Hart
Personal information
Full name Darel Hart
Date of birth (1964-01-03) 3 January 1964
Original team(s) Salisbury North
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1980–83 Central District 47
1984–94 North Adelaide 189
1991–92 Adelaide 39 (38)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1994.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

From Salisbury North, Hart was recruited to and played with Central District while still a teenager. He transferred to North Adelaide in 1984 and soon established himself as one of their best players, with 'Best and Fairest' wins in 1986 and 1987. Hart captained North Adelaide to the 1987 premiership, under coach Michael Nunan, the same year that he represented Australia in an International Rules series against Ireland. He was a premiership player again in 1991, with a Jack Oatey Medal winning seven-goal haul in the 1991 Grand Final.

Hart was recruited by Adelaide in 1991 for their inaugural AFL season and played 18 of a possible 24 games that year, including their opening round victory over Hawthorn. He was also a regular in the team the following season and kicked six goals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when Adelaide convincingly best Richmond by 110 points in round 20.

He continued at North Adelaide in 1993 and 1994 as playing coach. Hart then coached the club from the sidelines in 1995 before returning for one final stint from 2001 to 2003, which ended when North Adelaide claimed the wooden spoon.


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