Ben Robbins

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Ben Robbins
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Anthony Robbins
Date of birth (1976-12-27) 27 December 1976 (age 41)
Original team(s) Gippsland Power
Draft 33rd overall, 1993 AFL Draft
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996 Brisbane Bears 05 0(1)
1997–2001 Brisbane Lions 47 (13)
2002–2003 Kangaroos 40 0(7)
Total 92 (21)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Benjamin 'Ben' Robbins (born 27 December 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Brisbane Bears, Brisbane Lions and Kangaroos in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Robbins, who was from Maffra, played in the TAC Cup for the Gippsland Power before he was recruited by the West Coast Eagles with the 33rd pick of the 1993 AFL Draft. The son of former Richmond player Graham Robbins, he chose to remain in Gippsland and it was not until 1995 that he made the move to Western Australia. Robbins was unable to break into the Eagles team and instead spent the season playing for Perth in the WAFL.[1] As a result, he was traded at the end of the year, to the Brisbane Bears for pick 66 in the draft, which was used on Neil Marshall.

After making his long-awaited AFL debut in 1996, Robbins found himself changing clubs again for the 1997 AFL season due to the merger between the Bears and Fitzroy. A midfielder, Robbins struggled to cement a spot in the Lions team as they already had a strong combination in the middle. He made 11 appearances in 2001, Brisbane's premiership winning season, but did not participate in the finals.[2] Robbins was then delisted and he nominated for the 2001 AFL Draft, where he was picked up by the Kangaroos with the 54th selection. He played in all of the Victorian club's 23 games in 2002 and featured prominently again in 2003, however he spent the 2004 season in the VFL with Port Melbourne.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ "Ben Robbins". AFL Tables.