McGlynn playing for the Sydney Swans reserves in August 2016
|Full name||Ben McGlynn|
|Date of birth||6 August 1985|
|Original team(s)||Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 55, 2006 Rookie Draft, Hawthorn|
|Height / weight||174cm / 75kg|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2010.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Ben McGlynn (born 6 August 1985) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club and Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL), who played in two losing grand finals with the Sydney Swans (including one against his previous team, Hawthorn, in 2014). He is currently an assistant coach at the St Kilda Football Club.
A small onballer, McGlynn was picked late by Hawthorn in the 2006 rookie draft after impressing at the Box Hill Hawks the VFL affiliated club with the Hawks. Originally from Dareton, New South Wales, he played for the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup.
During the 2006 season McGlynn made his debut against the Bulldogs in Round 10, in which he kicked a goal. He continued to play three more at senior level and did OK as a small forward. He was promoted to the seniors list at the end of the 2006 season. In 14 games for Box Hill during the 2006 season he featured in the best players eight times.
McGlynn and Josh Kennedy were traded to the Sydney Swans at the end of the 2009 season. His transfer has appeared to have immediate dividends with McGlynn booting a career-best 5 goal haul against the Adelaide Crows in his second game for the Swans. McGlynn unfortunately missed many games due to various injuries, including a quad injury and a cheek fracture sustained in a brutal collision with Zac Clarke of Fremantle at Subiaco Oval. When he played however he was one of the most consistent players for the side, playing through the forward line and providing quality defensive pressure and goal kicking ability.
McGlynn's 2011 season was book-ended by very consistent play in different roles. He started in the same role he played for much of 2010, a small forward. Here he kicked goals often and was the leading Swans' goal kicker at the half way point of the year. So dangerous was he becoming that opposition sides started to tag him more heavily and as such, McGlynn's output through the middle of the year dropped. Coach John Longmire consequently moved him into the midfield to play as a tagger (a role which he played during his time in Hawthorn) and McGlynn's performances improved markedly. His performance in the Swans' massive upset win over Geelong at Skilled Stadium was particularly noteworthy as he not only limited the influence of star Cat midfielder Joel Selwood but also led the clearance count and had over 20 possessions in a near BOG performance. McGlynn's year was rewarded with a 9th-place finish in the 2011 Bob Skilton Medal.
McGlynn missed out on playing in the Swans' 2012 AFL Grand Final victory due to a hamstring injury sustained in week one of the finals. He had been very consistent for Sydney across half forward and in the midfield to that point in the year.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season after playing in the losing grand final, he announced his retirement from the AFL.
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- Hawk's bush courage
- Slick recruit Ben McGlynn to transform midfield
- Curley, Adam (6 October 2016). "Veteran Swan McGlynn announces his retirement". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- "Ben McGlynn stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 November 2016.