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2015 review: Ben Jacobs

With North Melbourne’s 2015 season now complete, NMFC.com.au analyses the performance of each player for the year.

Statistics, a coach review and their efforts in each half of the year are below, as well as a comment section for you to have your say.

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Statistics

AFL appearances: 23
Disposal average: 15.4
Tackles: 100
Inside 50’s: 48
Clearances: 45

Season highlights

Round 3 v Port Adelaide: 30 disposals, five rebound 50’s
Round 4 v Geelong: 50th AFL game
Tagging roles on Trent Cotchin, Dan Hannebery x2, Dylan Shiel, Nathan Jones

View Jacobs’ player profile here

First half review – Leigh Tudor

"He performed a play-on, play-off role on Sydney Swans midfielder Daniel Hannebery (in round 11) and the following week against Dylan Shiel from the Giants.

"They were the same roles in both games … and he's actually done it pretty well.

"In the last two weeks, he's shown that he can play an accountable midfield role for us which is another good string to his bow.”

Second half review – Darren Crocker

“He’d always wanted to get into the midfield but he was always going to struggle to push past the likes of Swallow, Cunnington, Ziebell, Dal Santo, Wells, etc.

“We were really pleased with the number of scalps he got in the back half of the year and he was really important in where we were able to get to.

“It’s hard to prepare for (what might be increased attention). Obviously our guys during pre-season aren’t going to go as hard at him as opposition might.

“But we normally find if opposition guys go after him and have a real focus to unsettle him as a tagger, it’s taken them away from what they need to be doing in the game.”

In the news

September 21 – Jacobs enjoys new tag – STORY

"We just have trust in each other now. We're a totally different side – we're not hoping this year, we think we belong."

September 14 – Jacobs’ finals scare – STORY

"After the game I weighed myself and I was probably a good three or four kilos lighter than I usually weigh in at, but I felt fine during the game.”

Have your say on Jacobs’ 2015 in the comments below.

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