Toast Ricky Henderson retires

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SarahSmiles

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After 159 games Ricky Henderson has called time on his AFL career. Ricky was drafted as a rookie in 2008 by Adelaide with pick 10 of the rookie draft before going on to be selected as a delisted free agent by Hawthorn at the end of the 2016 season. He went on to play 69 games and score 36 goals for the club. He was one of our most important players towards the end of 2017 and in 2018. Thank you for everything Ricky and all the best in your next endeavour!
 

Argy

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Well done Ricky on a fine career. It seems you were rejuvenated when you came to the club. You certainly played some great games and proved how good you could be. Thanks!
 

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Dixie Flatline

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Finishes his Hawthorn career with exactly a 50% win-loss ratio. He played 69 games for Hawthorn since joining as a delisted free agent before the start of the 2017 season, and finished with 34 wins, one draw and 34 losses. Undoubtedly his best season with Hawthorn and over his career was the 2019 season, where he had 541 disposals, kicked 12 goals (one short of his career high) and polled 10 Brownlow votes. He also finished runner-up in the Peter Crimmins Medal count in 2019 (11 votes shy of winner James Worpel). Unfortunately his body seemed to let him down this year, and he could only play seven games, and none after Hawthorn's round 7 loss to Melbourne.
 

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In 2012 Henderson kicked 6 goals against Port Adelaide in the showdown once. Had 20 disposals or more in his first 10 games for Hawthorn. Kicked the match-winning goal against Sydney in Round 23 2018.

2012
Round 15 vs Adelaide: 20 disposals - 11 marks - 6 goals - 2 behinds

2017
Round 14 vs Adelaide: 30 disposals - 8 marks - 2 goals
Round 18 vs Fremantle: 19 disposals - 10 marks - 2 goals
Round 21 vs North Melbourne: 23 disposals - 8 marks - 2 goals

2018
Round 1 vs Collingwood: 21 disposals - 8 marks - 2 goals
Round 2 vs Geelong: 19 disposals - 5 marks - 2 goals
Round 4 vs Melbourne: 18 disposals - 5 marks - 8 tackles - 1 goal
Round 6 vs St Kilda: 29 disposals - 6 marks
Round 11 vs Port Adelaide: 25 disposals - 6 marks
Round 18 vs Carlton: 20 disposals - 8 marks - 1 goal
Round 20 vs Essendon: 21 disposals - 8 marks - 2 goals
Round 21 vs Geelong: 21 disposals - 8 marks
Round 23 vs Sydney: 13 disposals - 5 marks - 2 goals
QF vs Richmond: 29 disposals - 9 marks

2019
Round 3 vs North Melbourne: 29 disposals - 6 marks - 1 goal
Round 4 vs St Kilda: 25 disposals - 9 marks - 2 goals
Round 5 vs Geelong: 33 disposals - 10 marks - 2 goals
Round 8 vs GWS: 36 disposals - 10 marks - 7 inside 50s
Round 10 vs Port Adelaide: 37 disposals - 11 marks - 10 inside 50s
Round 13 vs Essendon: 31 disposals - 11 marks - 1 goal
Round 14 vs Sydney: 29 disposals - 8 marks - 1 goal
Round 17 vs Fremantle: 25 disposals - 11 marks
Round 21 vs GWS: 24 disposals - 5 marks - 1 goal
Round 23 vs West Coast: 25 disposals - 12 marks - 1 goal
 

Larry Barnsworth

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He was good for us, the silver fox.
Loved watching him "get free for the easy goal" by torching his opponent with gut running into the forward 50.
Also loved pointing him out to Adelaide mates, and where we found him "a skip out the back of West Lakes".

Wishing him a speedy recuperation and successful whatever's next!
 

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HODGEYROAD

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Well done Hendo, enjoy a well deserved retirement. If our list was in a position to contend I'd have liked him to go on for 1 more as depth, but given our current plight it's the right call.
 

Simon Crawshay

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Been one of my favourite players the past couple of years, the old silver fox.

I personally rate players mainly on their consistency and Hendo bought it every single week. If you look at his stats since he came to the Hawks he averaged low 20s in possessions and over 6 marks a game which is excellent for a wingman (plus those goals from the boundary such a delight)

Argument to be made that he is one of the top unrestricted free agent pick ups ever given he cost the club absolutely nothing.

Best of wishes for the future Hendo!
 

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In 2012 Henderson kicked 6 goals against Port Adelaide in the showdown once. Had 20 disposals or more in his first 10 games for Hawthorn. Kicked the match-winning goal against Sydney in Round 23 2018.

2012
Round 15 vs Adelaide: 20 disposals - 11 marks - 6 goals - 2 behinds

2017
Round 14 vs Adelaide: 30 disposals - 8 marks - 2 goals
Round 18 vs Fremantle: 19 disposals - 10 marks - 2 goals
Round 21 vs North Melbourne: 23 disposals - 8 marks - 2 goals

2018
Round 1 vs Collingwood: 21 disposals - 8 marks - 2 goals

Round 2 vs Geelong: 19 disposals - 5 marks - 2 goals
Round 4 vs Melbourne: 18 disposals - 5 marks - 8 tackles - 1 goal
Round 6 vs St Kilda: 29 disposals - 6 marks
Round 11 vs Port Adelaide: 25 disposals - 6 marks
Round 18 vs Carlton: 20 disposals - 8 marks - 1 goal
Round 20 vs Essendon: 21 disposals - 8 marks - 2 goals
Round 21 vs Geelong: 21 disposals - 8 marks
Round 23 vs Sydney: 13 disposals - 5 marks - 2 goals
QF vs Richmond: 29 disposals - 9 marks

2019
Round 3 vs North Melbourne: 29 disposals - 6 marks - 1 goal
Round 4 vs St Kilda: 25 disposals - 9 marks - 2 goals
Round 5 vs Geelong: 33 disposals - 10 marks - 2 goals
Round 8 vs GWS: 36 disposals - 10 marks - 7 inside 50s
Round 10 vs Port Adelaide: 37 disposals - 11 marks - 10 inside 50s
Round 13 vs Essendon: 31 disposals - 11 marks - 1 goal
Round 14 vs Sydney: 29 disposals - 8 marks - 1 goal
Round 17 vs Fremantle: 25 disposals - 11 marks
Round 21 vs GWS: 24 disposals - 5 marks - 1 goal
Round 23 vs West Coast: 25 disposals - 12 marks - 1 goal
Great stats. I loved his gut running to space. I have highlighted the round 1 2018 game vs the Pies. He sprinted 150m to get clear and soccer it thru from the goalsquare right on the half time bell. Honest as the day is long...well done, Hendo!
 

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Thanks for your consistency and quality Ricky. I wasn't that enthused when we picked him up but he showed me... excellent skills and workrate.
 

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HENDO! I absolutely luved watching him torch oppo if they did pay him enough respect and he enjoyed kicking a snag or two.
I often wondered what he would have been if we had got him earlier? We got the best of him at least for 1 great season and will miss yelling out HENDO!
 

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