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

KidCudi

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Apr 21, 2012
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On my phone and it's being difficult so I can't add any pictures for reference - but have a look at Cunners pre Christmas (was huge, bulked etc) to now where he has trimmed right down. Expecting big things - hopefully has gained a yard of pace to come with it.
 

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On my phone and it's being difficult so I can't add any pictures for reference - but have a look at Cunners pre Christmas (was huge, bulked etc) to now where he has trimmed right down. Expecting big things - hopefully has gained a yard of pace to come with it.
A yard of pace seems unrealistic at his age but if he could get his TOG up to 85% average that would huge for us. We were pretty shithouse when he wasn't around the ball last year.
 

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Snake_Baker

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A yard of pace seems unrealistic at his age but if he could get his TOG up to 85% average that would huge for us. We were pretty shithouse when he wasn't around the ball last year.
He doesn't need any more pace, he just needs midfield teammates that can win some more clearances.
 

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He doesn't need any more pace, he just needs midfield teammates that can win some more clearances.
Bonar or Hall could be the ace in the hole there. Wouldn't be surprised to see Jy push his clearance count to five plus if this is the year he really arrives.

You're right that if these guys don't step up we're not having a big year. Can't leave it all to one man, look at Carlton and Fremantle. Cripps and Fyfe are probably 1 & 2 best clearance players in the league and they can't drag a team into the eight without help.
 

King Corey

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Can't leave it all to one man, look at Carlton and Fremantle. Cripps and Fyfe are probably 1 & 2 best clearance players in the league and they can't drag a team into the eight without help.
Ben is at least on par with Fyfe for disposal class if not a touch better.

Once again a travesty that we've had this guy getting 1st hands on the ball and a ruckman with the class of Goldstein tapping it to him for the better part of 10 years yet having nothing to show for it.
 

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Ben is at least on par with Fyfe for disposal class if not a touch better.

Once again a travesty that we've had this guy getting 1st hands on the ball and a ruckman with the class of Goldstein tapping it to him for the better part of 10 years yet having nothing to show for it.
Good thing there's still time left.
 

Ball Dont Lie

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I am hoping that if he is copping a heavy tag we now have the flexibility to swing him forward and run Zurhar, Thomas, Jz, for 5-10 minutes burst. In another era cunners would be a 100 goal a year full forward. Fantastic mark and great set shot. Likewise if Higgins is copping a tag. We finally have some flexibility folks :)
 

Passmore

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I am hoping that if he is copping a heavy tag we now have the flexibility to swing him forward and run Zurhar, Thomas, Jz, for 5-10 minutes burst. In another era cunners would be a 100 goal a year full forward. Fantastic mark and great set shot. Likewise if Higgins is copping a tag. We finally have some flexibility folks :)
Exactly. If a De Boer type is hanging off him, move Benny to the goal square and we’ll see how they go one out if the tagger goes with him.
 

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Grogg

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Exactly. If a De Boer type is hanging off him, move Benny to the goal square and we’ll see how they go one out if the tagger goes with him.
It's this type of flexibility that has been sadly lacking in the coaches box.

Remember Cunners kicked 10 goals in his first ever senior appearance as a teenager back in Cobden playing up forward.
 

Kimbo

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Hudson and Wade were 188. Coventry 178. Coleman 175. Are you thinking not strong enough 🤔
In other eras, where it was one-on-one affair, I doubt Ben would have competed as a specialist FF on specialist FBs. Ben works as a capable, if underrated, part-time forward who is a good mark for his size and who is an accurate and reliable kick for goal (84 goals, 38 behinds).

Unless you're using time travel to have contemporary training and conditioning that Ben gets, competing with 'amateur' footballers of those days? Perhaps also the height of current footballers compared to those of the past?
 

jlind78

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If Ben can get to a few more contests a game AND rest forward kicking 20 goals it will have a knock on effect. His teammates will lift, the opposition will wear down. Our chances of winning the close game goes up.

I'm the Southpark pic of the dude sitting in front of the computer with Slimer from Ghostbusters splattered over the walls #ectoplasm
 

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