Player Watch #10: Ben Cunnington - 2019 Syd Barker Medallist

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koshari

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 24, 2011
10,122
12,046
AFL Club
North Melbourne
He never panics, plays the percentages very smart, rather than cough it up when he cannot handball to advantage he holds it up. Most times it comes off but if it doesnt and he gets pinged holding the time it takes for the opposition to take the free gives us time to set up behind the ball.
 

TennisPlayerAndy

Klay Thompson's Jumpshot
Apr 1, 2008
40,403
55,837
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Liverpool, Raiders, GSW
He has to be the only player in history who you actually look forward to being surrounded by blokes with his back to the boundary line.

Cos you know he’s about to do something obscene to them.
He's clearly the best hanballer in the game.
 

Snake_Baker

L'enfant terrible
Apr 24, 2013
49,279
94,225
inside your head
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
The Unicornia Reactants
Just had a look again at the North v Port match, and some of Cunnington's vision and disposal execution was Greg Williams level genius in this match.

The look away, outside knuckle hand ball on the boundary, and the deft foot pass under pressure to put Anderson in to space, were all time elite.
 

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tazaa

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 11, 2007
21,432
27,304
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Liverpool
Unpopular opinion but he nearly cost us the game today in Thompson’s final match.
Win may mean nothing but it’s these sorts of performances he needs to iron out.
My point is he is allowed a dirty day or two but he gets too many.

Absolutely checked out and was in holiday mode along with Jy but his last two months have been average.

Needs to be more consistent and then he’ll get the accolades he deserves.
He fires against * and Brisbane and we play finals.

Should have been AA this year but won’t be
 

Themanbun

Club Legend
Apr 19, 2019
1,288
3,581
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Unpopular opinion but he nearly cost us the game today in Thompson’s final match.
Win may mean nothing but it’s these sorts of performances he needs to iron out.
My point is he is allowed a dirty day or two but he gets too many.

Absolutely checked out and was in holiday mode along with Jy but his last two months have been average.

Needs to be more consistent and then he’ll get the accolades he deserves.
He fires against * and Brisbane and we play finals.

Should have been AA this year but won’t be
Not just nearly cost us the match through poor efforts, he actually selfishly let his stupid sniping game contribute as well. Went down a rung on the respect levels for me.
 

gokangas

Premium Platinum
Jan 16, 2004
30,966
13,484
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Storm - Victory
Unpopular opinion but he nearly cost us the game today in Thompson’s final match.
Win may mean nothing but it’s these sorts of performances he needs to iron out.
My point is he is allowed a dirty day or two but he gets too many.

Absolutely checked out and was in holiday mode along with Jy but his last two months have been average.

Needs to be more consistent and then he’ll get the accolades he deserves.
He fires against * and Brisbane and we play finals.

Should have been AA this year but won’t be
Hard to argue with this. He needs a psychologist before a skills coach.
 

Tas

Premium Gold
Dec 23, 2002
52,908
34,950
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
There can be only one...
Unpopular opinion but he nearly cost us the game today in Thompson’s final match.
Win may mean nothing but it’s these sorts of performances he needs to iron out.
My point is he is allowed a dirty day or two but he gets too many.

Absolutely checked out and was in holiday mode along with Jy but his last two months have been average.

Needs to be more consistent and then he’ll get the accolades he deserves.
He fires against * and Brisbane and we play finals.

Should have been AA this year but won’t be
14 disposals, 2 tackles, 2 clearances. You know you had a shit day when Polec beat you on basically every hard ball stat.

When he is bad, he is shithouse and the tide moves quicker than he does between the arcs.

That being said, I think Mad Monday must have started early for Ben. Shaw and the club need to prime him to try and be the best in the comp next year and they have to address his weaknesses.
 

giantroo

Bleeding Blue and White
Sep 23, 2005
62,931
111,647
Melbourne
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Arsenal, Chicago Bulls
Finished in 11th position polling 71 votes in the AFLCA awards.


Leaderboard

VotesPlayerClub
107Marcus BontempelliWB
90Patrick DangerfieldGEEL
88Nat FyfeFRE
86Tim KellyGEEL
82Patrick CrippsCARL
82Brodie GrundyCOLL
82Lachie NealeBL
76Luke ShueyWCE
75Jack MacraeWB
72Josh DunkleyWB
71Ben CunningtonNMFC
71Dustin MartinRICH
70Max GawnMELB
68Scott PendleburyCOLL
67Travis BoakPORT
67Dion PrestiaRICH
67Elliot YeoWCE
62Dayne ZorkoBL
58Charlie CameronBL
57Jeremy CameronGWS
 

Val Keating

Norm Smith Medallist
Dec 27, 2017
5,207
11,538
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Finished in 11th position polling 71 votes in the AFLCA awards.


Leaderboard

VotesPlayerClub
107Marcus BontempelliWB
90Patrick DangerfieldGEEL
88Nat FyfeFRE
86Tim KellyGEEL
82Patrick CrippsCARL
82Brodie GrundyCOLL
82Lachie NealeBL
76Luke ShueyWCE
75Jack MacraeWB
72Josh DunkleyWB
71Ben CunningtonNMFC
71Dustin MartinRICH
70Max GawnMELB
68Scott PendleburyCOLL
67Travis BoakPORT
67Dion PrestiaRICH
67Elliot YeoWCE
62Dayne ZorkoBL
58Charlie CameronBL
57Jeremy CameronGWS
Deserves to be All Australian.
 

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