Hailing from SANFL club Norwood, Ryan was taken with Hawthorn’s first selection, pick 16, at the 2008 NAB AFL Draft. Ryan is a versatile tall who can impose the game at both the defensive and attacking ends of the ground.
He made his debut in Round 1, 2009 in the Grand Final rematch against Geelong. A key position defender, Ryan enjoyed a promising start to his AFL career, with a really consistent season in 2012 where he was a member of the Hawks Grand Final line up. Unfortunately Schoenmakers missed the majority of season 2013 with a knee injury, but after a reconstruction he looked set for a big 2014. Coming back from his knee reconstruction meant he couldn’t cement a regular spot in the Hawks line up missing out on the Grand Final win over Sydney. He was finally rewarded with his persistence and played an important role up forward in the 2015 premiership win.
Ryan has committed for a 10th season at the club, meaning he will remain a Hawk until the end of the 2018 season. Hoping to stay clear from injury and build upon his good form late in 2017, Ryan will hope to rejoin the senior side in the 2018 season.