Ben Cunnington (Australian footballer)
|Full name||Ben Cunnington|
|Date of birth||30 June 1991|
|Original team||Cobden / Geelong Falcons|
|Draft||5th overall, 2009
|Height/Weight||186 cm / 84 kg|
|Current club||North Melbourne|
|2010–||North Melbourne||94 (41)|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Ben Cunnington (born 30 June 1991) is an Australian rules footballer for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League. Cunnington was drafted to North Melbourne with the 5th selection in the 2009 AFL Draft.
Cunnington plays predominantly as an inside midfielder who is renowned for his clearance work, tough tackling and impressive handballing. He is also a strong overhead mark who can play in the forwardline to accommodate the midfield rotations.
Cunnington is a strong admirer of family friend Jonathon Brown. Cunnington completed his year 12 studies at Timboon P-12 College.
Cunnington made his senior debut for Cobden at the age of 15. In his first game against Camperdown he kicked ten goals after coming on the ground just before half time. Cunnington's other junior football highlights included earning NAB AFL U18 Championships All-Australian honours and finishing runner up in the TAC Cup Morrish Medal where he averaged 23 disposals (11 contested) and six marks. Cunnington missed the 2009 AFL Draft Camp through minor injuries.
Cunnington made his debut in Tasmania against Hawthorn in Round 5 of the 2010 season. He gathered 12 disposals helping North Melbourne to a 12 point win and their second victory of the season.
Cunnington would go on to play out the remainder of the season averaging 14 disposals, 4 tackles and taking 43 marks over the 18 games. He kicked his first goal against Brisbane in Round 11 (his only goal for the season).
- Ben Cunnington's profile on the official website of the North Melbourne Football Club
- Ben Cunnington's statistics from AFL Tables