Ricky Henderson

Ricky John Henderson (born 11 September 1988) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Adelaide Football Club from 2009 to 2016. Henderson was Adelaide's first selection in the 2008 rookie draft, taken at pick 10.[2]

Ricky Henderson
Henderson playing for Hawthorn in April 2017
Personal information
Full name Ricky John Henderson
Nickname(s) Hendo
Date of birth (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988
Original team(s) Trentham (MCDFL)
Draft No. 10, 2009 rookie draft
Debut Round 5, 2010, Adelaide
vs. Western Bulldogs, at Etihad Stadium
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb; 201 lb)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 31
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20092016 Adelaide 090 (43)
2017 Hawthorn 062 (36)
Total 152 (79)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

At the time of his drafting, Henderson had played only three games of Australian rules football in the previous four years, having played basketball locally in Ballarat.[3] Before being drafted by Adelaide, Henderson supported Geelong.

AFL career

Henderson made his debut for Adelaide in round 5, 2010 against the Western Bulldogs, injuring his hamstring in that game, but was recalled to the side in round 12.[4] He went on to play out the season, kicking 13 goals in 12 games playing as a forward. At the end of the season he was promoted to the senior list.[5] Henderson played 18 games in 2011 despite battling a hip injury late in the season. He played mainly on the wing, impressing with his pace, goalkicking and ability to create turnovers, and gathering 28 disposals against the Western Bulldogs in round 13.[6]

In 2012 Henderson played 12 matches despite missing a period of the season with an ankle injury. He played mainly on the wing and in the backline,[6] but kicked six goals in a win over Port Adelaide in round 15, playing forward in the absence of Taylor Walker, Kurt Tippett and Shaun McKernan.[7] He played 14 games in 2013, establishing himself in the Crows' side, particularly in defence, before a knee injury ended his season.[6]

Henderson broke his leg in a training session in February 2014, ruling him out for most of the 2014 season.[8] He returned in round 16 against Greater Western Sydney and played the last eight matches of the season, averaging 17 disposals.[6] He also signed a two-year contract extension that would have kept him at the club until the end of 2017.[9] Henderson played 17 games in 2015 and averaged a career-best 19 possessions, including being a key contributor to Adelaide's elimination final win with 29 possessions.[6] At the conclusion of the 2016 season, he was delisted by Adelaide.[10] He subsequently joined Hawthorn as a delisted free agent.[11]

It took to the midpoint of the 2017 Home and Away season, that Henderson cemented his place in the team. His speed and long kicking has been invaluable as has his versatility that has deployed him at various times across half-back, through the midfield and up forward. In several games Henderson has shown an ability to outrun his defender and get open goals at close range. Ricky's stats have also put him firmly among Hawthorn's top ten performers so far this season. Many of Henderson's stats place him in the top five on the team and he leads the club for average marks per game and is tied for third on the club for average disposals per game.


Statistics are correct to the end of 2019[12]
 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)
2009 Adelaide 450
2010 Adelaide 4512138867315959311.
2011 Adelaide 451812101238220568460.
2012 Adelaide 451292995315254110.
2013 Adelaide 4514551888227085260.40.413.45.919.36.11.9
2014 Adelaide 4580291441353770.00.311.45.516.94.60.9
2015 Adelaide 45173220213133390230.
2016 Adelaide 459131148519954120.10.312.79.422.16.01.3
2017 Hawthorn 3118139217172389119380.70.512.19.621.66.62.1
2018 Hawthorn 3122119281166447138650.50.412.87.520.36.33.0
2019 Hawthorn 3122128333208541159460.50.415.19.524.67.22.1
Career 15279581734109628308633050.50.411.

Honours and achievements



  1. "Ricky Henderson". Hawthorn Football Club. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  2. "AFL Rookie Draft held at the end of Season 2008". FootyWire.com.
  3. Capel, Andrew (22 December 2008). "Whole new ball game for Crow Ricky Henderson". Herald Sun.
  4. Gill, Katrina (23 June 2010). "US basketball ripe for the picking". AFC.com.au. Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  5. "Adelaide Crows put faith in rookies". news.com.au. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  6. "Ricky Henderson - AFC.com.au". AFC.com.au. Adelaide Football Club.
  7. "Crows demolish Port Adelaide in Showdown". ABC.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  8. Phelan, Jennifer (17 February 2014). "Crow Ricky Henderson to miss most of 2014". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  9. "Crows re-sign Ricky Henderson until end of 2017". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  10. Gaskin, Lee (31 October 2016). "Crows chop another two, confirm new deals for trio". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  11. Ryan, Peter (8 November 2016). "Hawks signs ex-Crow as delisted free agent". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  12. "Ricky Henderson Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
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