Great pick up out of East Perth footy club. Has given his all for the Hawks. All good things come to an end, and seeing him over here in Perth a couple of months back, he looks sore. Enjoy the waves Stratts.
Played on the big ones, the small ones, the slow ones, the fast ones, the good marks, the x factor ones and the great ones. Rarely beaten at his best teaming up with Lake and Gibbo - Formidable. Thanks for it all Stratts we will miss you and that filthy filthy mullet
Stratts was an awesome defender and an all-round awesome player. Never really got his dues from the media either I felt. He's obviously felt Father Time creeping up on his this year so it's probably the best decision to hang up the boots though.
Thanks for the great career playing for the hawks!
Ben Stratton epitomises the Hawthorn / Kokoda spirit on field. Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice. He will go down has a hawthorn great and captain of this club. His value being undersold by the rest of the AFL but never to the coaching panel. He always gave of himself physically backing into packs, laying those lunging tackles and playing on the best medium and small forwards the game had at the time. It was always a given we didn't have to worry about the oppositions best small to medium forward. A big game and moment player in finals and grand finals. His athletic prowess and marking at critical stages helped us sustain our success during those golden years. Congrats Stratts, a hawthorn champion and captain. Good luck in the future
The modern day Gary Ayres, Stratts will be forever remembered as a premiership hero who was a vital cog in our backline that got the job done the hard way. Early on his in this career his aerial contests were a real highlight, and like others he was driven by the sting of the 2011 prelim and 2012 GF losses to take his game to the next level to ensure we carve out a golden era. A great reward to get the captaincy and good to hear his final year has been as mentor to young Will Day, a potential future captain himself. Thanks for the memories Stratts!
Thanks champ. You never flinched when you needed to put your body on the line and were part of an all time great team and not out of place. Thanks for all the sacrifices you made and the courage you showed in the brown and gold.
Courageous, unassuming, underrated by those outside of the club, but no doubt he would be first picked every time by those inside the club!! Well played Stratts and thanks for your efforts, enjoy the next chapter!
congrats on a great career you champion, should of been multiple AA, one of the greatest defenders this era. Did everything grimes the actor did but 1000x better but never got the recognition which was pretty shameful. Best of luck to you in post life and hope you can stay involved within the club you legend!!
Stratton played against some of the most dangerous small forwards in the afl and beat most of them repeatedly. Courage personified backing into packs and taking bone-crunching marks at critical times. A key cog in our threepeat machine. Well done Stratts, good luck in retirement.