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Player Review: No. 25 Ben Hudson

Ben Hudson’s unconventional football journey came to a halt when he underwent shoulder surgery midway through the 2014 season.

4:30pm  Oct 6, 2014

Injury update: Hudson out for eight

Thirty-five year old ruckman Ben Hudson will be moved onto the club’s long-term injury list after being sent in for surgery on his injured shoulder.

3:20pm  Jun 23, 2014

Ben Hudson's Tall Performance

Veteran rookie Ben Hudson is looking to assist other school, local and TAC Cup ruckmen who are looking to make their way in the big league.

2:24pm  May 8, 2014

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Season Highlight: Ben Hudson

11:32am  Oct 20, 2014

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2:30pm  Jun 25, 2014

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199 cm
106 kg
2019 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Mt Gravatt (QLD)
Clubs: Adelaide (2004-2007; 55 games, 6 goals), Western Bulldogs (2008-2011; 88 games, 9 goals), Brisbane (2012; 18 games, 3 goals), Collingwood (2013-2014; 7 games, 1 goal)
Debut: Round 3 2004, Fremantle v Adelaide
Recruited from: Werribee/Adelaide/Western Bulldogs/Brisbane
Brownlow Votes: 2

A footballing journeyman, 2014 marks Hudson's 11th in the AFL. Collingwood is his fourth club, more than 160 games on from his debut for the Crows back in 2004. Hudson has been a highly valued team man wherever he has played, with his distinctive beard and ferocious attack on the board masking an affable personality. He played seven senior games in 2013 and performed strongly across his 10 outings at VFL level where his nous and leadership helped fast track the development of young ruck tyros Brodie Grundy and Jarrod Witts. Hudson will again be a nominated rookie in 2014, meaning he will be eligible to step in should either of Grundy or Witts require at break during the season.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Hudson’s career has had more twists and turns than he’d care to remember but surely not even the man himself ever thought he would end his career in Collingwood’s Black and White stripes. As strange as it seemed to some onlookers, the 34-year-old was added to the Magpies’ rookie list in December with the additional responsibility of fast-tracking the development of the club’s young ruck stocks. His renowned competitiveness saw him quickly establish himself as one of the VFL Magpies’ most important players and it wasn’t long before he received the call up into the senior side. Hudson’s Magpie debut came in wet conditions against Hawthorn in round three when he filled in for the injured Darren Jolly. Not surprisingly, Hudson excelled, recording 25 hitouts, five clearances and the 19th goal of his career. By the time he had rucked in the ANZAC Day loss to Essendon, Hudson had played in front of a total of 247,577 people – an average of 82,525 spectators across his first three games for the club. To put that into perspective, in his 161 games at Adelaide, the Western Bulldogs and Brisbane, the biggest crowd he had played in front of was 78,245 for the Bulldogs against St Kilda in the 2009 Preliminary Final. He slipped out of the side when Jolly returned but continued to serve nobly in the VFL, highlighted by his 24 hitouts in the thrilling win over the Northern Blues in round eight. When Jolly was sidelined with knee surgery, Hudson got another taste of the senior action in rounds 14-17 but didn’t reappear after the loss to the Suns. He remained in the frame for a senior call up as the year wound down, regularly featuring as an emergency in the lead up to September. The big man’s leadership and commitment to the cause won the hearts of his younger VFL teammates, some of whom were still in primary school when he made his AFL debut for Adelaide in 2004, and his presence clearly made them walk taller out on Victoria Park.

Season By Season

Joined the club as both a rookie and ruck coach after coming out of retirement for the second time at the end of 2012. Will mentor the Pies’ bevy of young talls as well as providing an experienced back-up ruck option should injuries occur after playing 18 games in his one season at Brisbane. Interestingly, that season yielded his first Brownlow votes (for his 21 disposals and 21 hitouts against Gold Coast in round 17).

Season By Season

Had retired from the Bulldogs, but was snapped up in trade week as a back-up for Matthew Leuenberger. Eight seasons with the Crows and Bulldogs had shown the veteran to be one of the more competitive and combative ruckmen in the AFL and was recruited to act as a mentor to Brisbane's young ruckmen. Played 17 games and averaged 22.53 hitouts in his final season at the Whitten Oval.

Season By Season

The veteran ruckman continues to improve with age, enjoying the best of his six AFL seasons, having more disposals, hitouts and impact than ever before. Was sixth in the best-and-fairest and was perhaps unlucky to miss the All-Australian squad. One of the few Dogs to excel in the Qualifying Final loss to Ciollingwood, when he had 19 touches and 31 hitouts to eclipse Pies premiership hero Darren Jolly. Seventh in the AFL for hard-ball gets, he won the inaugural Brad Johnson Award as the Bulldogs' best team player.

Season By Season

The former Adelaide ruckman enjoyed the best of his five seasons at AFL level, playing 24 of a possible 25 games and averaging 13 disposals and 3.4 tackles. Doesn't dominate ruck duels (averaged 16 hitouts) but provides an aggressive contest and great physical presence, being second at the Dogs for hard-ball gets. Produced a strong finals series, with his best performance being a 22-disposal effort in the Semi-Final win over the Brisbane Lions.

Season By Season

Made a great start to his career at the Whitten Oval in 2008, with his strong work around the stoppages helping the Bulldogs to second place on the ladder at round 15. However, like some of his teammates, Hudson's form tapered towards season's end.

Season By Season

Returned to near his best form in 2007 after sitting out the previous year after a knee reconstruction. When Hudson's contract negotiations broke down with Adelaide, the Bulldogs were quick to pounce on the respected ruckman.

Season By Season

Hudson returned from a knee reconstruction in late July and played out the season in the SANFL with North Adelaide as the Crows charged towards the Preliminary Final. Any thoughts of him being eased back into the senior line-up in 2007 were quickly dispelled when fellow ruckman Rhett Biglands ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Preliminary Final loss to West Coast and veteran ruckman Matthew Clarke announced his departure soon afterwards.

Season By Season

Was quickly establishing himself as one of the best tap ruckmen in the competition when he seriously injured a knee late in the season and had to undergo reconstructive surgery. As a result, he missed all three of Adelaide's finals matches.

Season By Season

Plucked from VFL club Werribee late in the 2003 National Draft, he proved himself a handy back-up ruckman and played 13 games. A courageous competitor at bounces and throw-ins, he is also a strong mark.

Season By Season

Rounded out Adelaide's search for talls by being its third pick (No. 58 overall) in the 2003 National Draft. A solidly built ruckman in his mid-20s, Hudson returned to Victoria from Queensland last year and finished runner-up in Werribee's best-and-fairest award in the VFL. Had previously played senior football for Mt Gravatt in AFLQ.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 168
    • Kicks 4.3
    • Handballs 9.0
    • Disposals 13.2
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 17.3
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 62.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Essendon Rd 1, 2011
Handballs 18 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2012
Disposals 24 Fremantle Rd 5, 2011
Marks 9 Adelaide Crows Rd 1, 2008
Hit-outs 39 Geelong Cats Rd 5, 2012
Tackles 7 Adelaide Crows Rd 7, 2009
Goals 2 Sydney Swans Rd 21, 2010
AFL Fantasy 118 Essendon Rd 10, 2010

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points



AFL: 158 games, 19 goals

VFL: 30 games, 17 goals

NAB Cup: 13 games, 2 goals


AFL Debut: Fremantle v Adelaide, Round 3 2004 at Subiaco Oval

50 AFL Games: Essendon v Adelaide, Round 17 2007 at Telstra Dome

Final Game for Adelaide: Hawthorn v Adelaide, Elimination Final 2007 at Telstra Dome

Western Bulldogs Debut: Western Bulldogs v Adelaide, Round 1 2008 at Telstra Dome

100 AFL Games: Western Bulldogs v Geelong, Qualifying Final 2009 at the MCG

50 Games (Western Bulldogs): Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn, Round 3 2010 at Etihad Stadium

Final Game for the Western Bulldogs: Western Bulldogs v Fremantle, Round 24 2011 at Etihad Stadium

Brisbane Debut: Melbourne v Brisbane, Round 1 2012 at the MCG

150 AFL Games: Hawthorn v Brisbane, Round 12 at the MCG

Final Game for Brisbane: Brisbane v Western Bulldogs, Round 23 2012 at the Gabba

Collingwood Debut: Collingwood v Hawthorn, Round 3 2013 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 58 (by Adelaide) in the 2003 National Draft

Traded by Adelaide to the Western Bulldogs in exchange for selections No. 30 (Jarrhan Jacky) and No. 38 (Myke Cook).

Traded by the Western Bulldogs to Brisbane in exchange for selection No. 70 (Luke Dahlhaus, rookie elevation).

Selected at No. 48 (by Collingwood) in the 2013 Rookie Draft

Elevated onto Collingwood's senior list in 2013 (pre-season)

Returned to Collingwood's rookie list in the pre-season of 2013/2014


AFL Awards

Western Bulldogs Pre-Season Premiership Side

Club Awards

Brad Johnson Award (Best Clubman, Western Bulldogs)


Werribee Best-and-Fairest Runner-Up