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No easing up

A hunger to go one step further is driving North's players as they prepare for a Christmas break.

7:28pm Dec 17, 2015

2015 review: Ben Jacobs

“We were really pleased with the number of scalps he (Jacobs) got in the back half of the year."

9:00am Nov 3, 2015

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Ben
Jacobs

Height
185 cm
DOB
09-01-1992
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2016
5
Career
75
Goals
2016
0
Career
9
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
220
Avg
44
BenJacobs

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Brighton Grammar
Recruited from: Port Adelaide
Former club: Port Adelaide
Draft: #16, 2010 National (PA)
#37, 2012 National (NM)
Debut: Round 8, 2011 v Sydney (PA)

Strengths

- Contested ball winner
- Penetrating disposal

Jumper Club Members

- Marian & Stephen George
- Fred & Fay Sands & The Rowe Family
- NMFC Peninsula Supporters Group

 

Background: Pre-NMFC



Jacobs received significant interest in his draft year of 2010, his sparkling form for Sandringham and Vic Metro raising eyebrows.

Throughout the national championships, Jacobs averaged 29 disposals a game and was a player who could win his own ball and use his long left foot to set up forward forays.

Port Adelaide eventually selected him with pick 16 in 2010, but after two interrupted seasons at Alberton, Jacobs announced he wanted to return home to Victoria.

Deciding that North Melbourne was the only club he wanted to come back to, Jacobs entered the 2012 National Draft. The Kangaroos gladly selected the midfielder with pick 37.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Mid-season, from 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 of 2015, from 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.”

2014

After completing his first ever full pre-season, Jacobs benefited with arguably the best of his four year AFL career.

Jacobs made three early appearances in the North Melbourne side as a substitute and inside midfielder, delivering with an impressive final term against Port Adelaide in Round 3.

The left-footer then went back to North Ballarat and looked a class above in most of his outings. In his first four VFL games for the year, Jacobs averaged an astounding 36.5 disposals per game.

Eventually the quality VFL form earned him a recall to the senior side, as he played 11 of the last 12 games for the year. In a departure from his normal role, he played as a half-back and consistently provided another avenue for North to rebound from defensive 50.

Jacobs was rewarded for his solid 2014 with a new one-year contract.

2013

Mid season, from Darren Crocker

“We were playing him on the wing in the early stages when he got an opportunity in the NAB Cup but back at VFL level we’ve played him more as an inside midfielder.

“For Ben it’s about learning the way we need him to play so he becomes a valuable contributor for us.

“Physically he’s a pretty mature guy and he’s not too far away. Just from a game sense perspective he’s still working on a few things."

End of season review

An injury to Andrew Swallow opened up a midfield spot in the last six weeks of the season and Jacobs was the beneficiary.

Jacobs significantly improved his disposal efficiency when compared to his two years at Port Adelaide. In 2012 the left footer's efficiency was at 65.4 per cent but it improved to 77.6 in his first year at North.

Milestones

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 12
- Contested disposals: 6
- Substituted
- Time on Ground: 62%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 23
- Marks: 5
- Inside 50's: 5
- Time on Ground: 83%

NMFC Debut

Round 1, 2013 v Collingwood
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 5.2.32, 8.4.52, 9.7.61, 13.9.87
Collingwood: 3.5.23, 8.6.54, 12.10.82, 15.13.103

50th AFL Game

Ronud 4, 2015 v Geelong
Venue:
Simonds Stadium

North Melbourne: 1.2.8, 5.4.34, 7.8.50, 12.11.83
Geelong: 4.3.27, 4.6.30, 6.8.44, 9.13.67

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 3.8
    • Handballs 8.0
    • Disposals 11.8
    • Marks 1.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.8
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 44.0

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 7 Western Bulldogs Rd 6
Handballs 13 Fremantle Rd 4
Disposals 20 Fremantle Rd 4
Marks 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 6
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Fremantle Rd 4
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 70 Fremantle Rd 4

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 107 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Brisbane Lions W 83 - 117 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 25
3 Melbourne W 136 - 131 2 4 6 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 30
4 Fremantle W 132 - 101 7 13 20 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 70
5 Gold Coast Suns W 81 - 119 2 8 10 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 38
6 Western Bulldogs W 61 - 45 7 10 17 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 57
7 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
16 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 0 19 40 59 8 0 3 0 14 0 0 220

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 75
    • Kicks 7.3
    • Handballs 7.7
    • Disposals 14.9
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 55.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Port Adelaide Rd 3, 2015
Handballs 17 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2011
Disposals 30 Port Adelaide Rd 3, 2015
Marks 9 Essendon Rd 7, 2015
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 17, 2015
Goals 1 Melbourne Rd 19, 2015
AFL Fantasy 96 North Melbourne Rd 14, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 North Melbourne 19 40 59 8 0 3 0 14 0 0 220
2015 North Melbourne 172 183 355 76 0 17 29 100 1 2 1448
2014 North Melbourne 92 105 197 39 0 8 15 20 1 2 654
2013 North Melbourne 34 51 85 8 0 1 8 13 2 4 273
2012 Port Adelaide 117 111 228 53 0 5 6 27 3 0 845
2011 Port Adelaide 110 87 197 39 0 6 9 27 2 1 721

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points