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

Val Keating

Norm Smith Medallist
Dec 27, 2017
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North Melbourne
Will miss out due to "team balance"
Yeah the same team balance will have Danger at full forward with Brown missing...

Cunners dropped off a bit in the last few weeks but only Neal has been the consistent mid for the year. Even Kelly has dropped off. Danger quiet early, Dunkley too.
 

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Mixed Results

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Nov 17, 2011
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Yeah the same team balance will have Danger at full forward with Brown missing...

Cunners dropped off a bit in the last few weeks but only Neal has been the consistent mid for the year. Even Kelly has dropped off. Danger quiet early, Dunkley too.
This is putting it lightly. His second half of the season was very ordinary.

None of us should be upset when he doesn't make the team.
 

King Corey

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Jun 9, 2001
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It's my hobby horse but there is more than a leg speed issue to Ben's game.

He drops to the Kung Fu horse position and spectates as opposing mids just meander out of contests an awful lot.

His tackle numbers are not bad per se but the misconception that he has a consistently purposeful attack on the man is as misguided as thinking he's just a blue collar grunt based on his no frills appearance.

In short because he's such a gifted ball winner and user, imo when his first option fails (ie win ball) he just stands by and watches. Ziebell is the best comparison in our team as an equally slow footed contested player who at least lunges and tries to nullify opposing threats if he doesn't get first dibs.
 

HakunaMatata

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Feb 22, 2016
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North Melbourne
Is anyone able to make a highlights video of Cunners year? I know the club prob will for the BnF but if someone is able to focus on his hand balling and clearance work that would be awesome. Anyway if anyone could that would be unreal, cheers!
 

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