Shaun Hart (born 17 May 1971) is a former Australian rules football player, who played for the Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League. Hart played in the Lions Hatrick of premierships from 2001-2003, as utility player. He is currently the director of coaching at Port Adelaide Power and has also been an assistant coach.
|Full name||Shaun Hart|
|Date of birth||17 May 1971|
|Place of birth||Ferntree Gully, Victoria|
Shepparton United Football Club|
(Goulburn Valley Football League)
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
|1990 – 1996||Brisbane Bears||102 (81)|
|1997 – 2004||Brisbane Lions||171 (96)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2004.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Hart was recruited to the Brisbane Bears from Shepparton in the 1989 national VFL draft.
Shaun Hart played his first senior game in the first match of the 1990 season.
He initially struggled with the demands of professional football and played a great deal of football in reserve grade. This allowed him to gain a place in the Bears' only premiership side by being eligible to play in the 1991 reserve grade Grand Final.
In 2001 he was awarded his highest individual honour, the Norm Smith Medal, as best on ground in the Lions' first premiership win. He also went on to play important roles in the Lions successful campaigns in 2002 and 2003.
In the 2004 Preliminary Final, with the Lions poised to enter a playoff for a record-equalling fourth consecutive premiership, Hart was unlucky enough to find himself in the path of teammate Daniel Bradshaw on a lead. Bradshaw was unable to avoid a collision and Hart emerged with massive facial injuries. He was immediately taken to hospital, where shocked medical staff commented that his injuries were consistent with being in a car crash at speed without wearing a seat belt. As a consequence of consistent head injuries, for much of his career, he wore a soft helmet.
Unable to take his place in the Lions side for the 2004 Grand Final, he was forced to watch from his hospital bed as his team failed to maintain a half-time lead over Port Adelaide due to injuries to key forwards Jonathan Brown and Alastair Lynch. He announced his retirement from football not long afterwards.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Post playing career
Not long after retiring, Hart supported the newly formed, Christian-aligned Family First Party in 2004 Federal election to the Australian House of Representatives. In 2007 he stood as a Family First candidate in Queensland for the Senate at the 2007 Australian federal election, although he was unsuccessful.
In 2008, Hart was appointed the senior coach of the Broadbeach football club in Queensland.
- Jackson, Ed (10 January 2014). "Suns lose Hart to Power". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Shaun Hart's player profile at AFL Tables
- "Lions star runs for Family First". The Australian. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2007.
- "Shaun Hart". Fox Sport Pulse. Fox Sport Pulse. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Morgan, Kym (10 January 2014). "Brisbane champion Shaun Hart replaces Alan Richardson as coaching director at Port Adelaide". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Brisbane Lions Shaun Hart information page
- "Christian speaks out as he takes leave of Lions" Melbourne Age 1 October 2004, retrieved 15 December 2005
- "Surviving in the Lions Den" Sydney Anglicans 25/7/2003 retrieved 15 December 2005