Ben Cunnington (Australian footballer)

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Ben Cunnington
Personal information
Full name Ben Cunnington
Date of birth (1991-06-30) 30 June 1991 (age 23)
Original team Cobden / Geelong Falcons
Draft 5th overall, 2009
North Melbourne
Height/Weight 186 cm / 84 kg
Club information
Current club North Melbourne
Number 10
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
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.

Junior career[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Geelong Falcons regional manager Michael Turner described Cunnington as the most professional player I have seen in 15 years of TAC Cup.[2]

AFL career[edit]

Cunnington was drafted by North Melbourne with the 5th overall selection of the 2009 AFL Draft from the Geelong Falcons.


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).


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