Vice-captain poised to remain in black, white and teal in 2017.
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Junior Clubs: Edwardstown
Clubs: Port Adelaide (2006 National Draft, Pick 86)
Recruited From: West Adelaide
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Injury worries to several teammates saw Hartlett switch to half-back during last year, which resulted in one of his best seasons. He led the club for tackles (131) and averaged a career-high 22 possessions a game. His booming right foot means he is a chance to score from anywhere within about 60m from goal. His ability to read the game enables him to launch offensive drives from wherever he finds possession.
Hartlett’s year was cruelled by injury, with hamstring and quad complaints restricting the talented midfielder to just four games. He missed the start of the season through injury, but worked his way back through the SANFL to play in the Power’s Round 5 win over the Saints before injury struck the following week. He managed two more games for the year, but it was decided after the break to rest him for the remainder of the year. Hartlett was sent to Europe for further treatment on his troublesome hamstring.
‘Hammer’ overcame shoulder surgery to return to the Power side for Round 3 and was then able to string 16 consecutive games together – his best run in the AFL. In his most consistent year for the club to date, Hartlett finished seventh in the John Cahill Medal and was awarded the Gavin Wanganeen Medal as the club’s best rising talent He spent more time in the midfield later in the year and this saw an increase in his productivity, including a 32 disposal game against St Kilda in Round 16. His season was cut short after Round 20 when he was forced to undergo for shoulder surgery. He finished the season fifth in total kicks for the club
Hartlett started the season with a best on ground performance in the Power’s narrow win over the Saints in Round 1. He had 26 disposals and kicked a vital goal playing across half back. His early season form was solid, but he struggled to have the impact on games the coaches know he’s capable of. He continued to mix his time between half back and the midfield. His best performance of the year came in Round 10 against Carlton, when Hartlett received the three Brownlow votes for 26 disposals and three raking goals from outside 50m. Hartlett’s season was derailed in Round 12 when he suffered a hamstring tear, which kept him out until Round 19. He played two matches before being suspended for two weeks for contact with Hawthorn’s Cyril Rioli. Finished the season ranked sixth at the club for average disposals and fourth for total tackles.
Hartlett was free from injury for the first time in his career and only missed games through suspension in 2013. Playing 22 matches, including two finals, he was one of Port Adelaide's most damaging players in the early stages of the season, reaching a peak with his claiming of the Peter Badcoe VC Medal during ANZAC Round against West Coast at Football Park. Often attracting taggers thereafter, Hartlett struggled to have the same influence and impact on the game, but was consistently among the Power's better players and was rarely found short of 20 disposals.
Hartlett took another step in his journey to become one of Port Adelaide’s most destructive midfielders. Standing up in crucial battles, his ball-winning ability was in full show on numerous occasions, particularly a 36-touch effort against St Kilda in Round 12, and 33 against Fremantle in a cut-throat semi final.
Another relatively consistent year from Hartlett, who for the first time in his career played every game in a season. His best across half-back was again excellent - none moreso than a 3-Brownlow vote performance in the wet against the Gold Coast - but he still had several quiet games throughout the year. Hartlett's leadership again shone and he was elevated to vice-captain at the end of the season.
2008 National Draft, Pick 4 – Port Adelaide
Rd 4, 2009 v Hawthorn
PAFC (AFL) cap number
50 AFL Games
Rd 4, 2013 v Gold Coast
100 AFL Games
Rd 10, 2015 v Western Bulldogs
50 AFL Goals
Rd 19, 2014 v Collingwood
Peter Badcoe VC Medal
2014 (Showdown XXXVI)
Brownlow Medal (end of 2015)
Best First Year Player
Gavin Wanganeen Medal