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Ben
Brown

Height
200 cm
DOB
20-11-1992
Weight
101 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2017
10
Career
65
Goals
2017
27
Career
118
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
701
Avg
70
BenBrown

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Devonport
Recruited from: Werribee FC
Draft: #47, 2013 National
Debut: Round 14, 2014 v Melbourne

Strengths

- Can play forward and ruck
- Strong contested mark

Jumper Club Members

- Tecvantedge
- North Melbourne Cheer Squad

Background: Pre-NMFC

 

Overlooked for three drafts before making his way to an AFL club, Ben Brown represented Tasmania in the 2010 Under 18 National Championships.

However he tore his anterior cruciate ligament which resulted in the key position player being overlooked. The following year was again restricted by groin injuries, and Brown returned to Glenorchy for 2012.

A promising season in the TSL got Brown back on the radar, and he moved to Melbourne in 2013 to play for Werribee in the VFL. Part of a Tigers’ outfit which made the preliminary final, Brown kicked 29 goals in 18 games and also spent time in the ruck.

It caught the eye of a few clubs, and North Melbourne selected him with pick 47 in the National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Forwards Coach, Leigh Tudor

“He had a good year, and it was still another learning year for Browny because he got the best defender quite a few times.

“You would think next year with a few of the departures that he might get the best backman again.

“His pre-season will be based around getting stronger and quicker while working on his one-on-one work because he’ll be playing on the better players again.

“His preparation is fantastic. Everyone can picture exactly how he has a shot for goal because his routine is the same every time.

“He does everything right and gives himself every chance to play well every week. We need him to go to another level because 41 goals isn’t easy and we need him to do that and more.

“He’s up for the challenge and he’s really keen to take on the best defenders in the competition.”

2015

Mid-season, from Shane Watson

"'Browny' has been a touch inconsistent, but in terms of his eventual output he's still getting more than a goal a week.

"He's had a couple of good games and he's had a couple of quieter games. He's been subbed a couple of times but that's been more for forward structure than the fact that he wasn't going that well.

"For 200cm, he actually moves quite well, he can get off his opponent and when he plays well, his marking is his feature."

Second half of 2015, from Shane Watson

“He still hasn’t done a pre-season, so in terms of what he’s been able to achieve, it’s been excellent.

“He complemented the other members of the forward line well. By his own admission, he wasn’t overly happy with his finals campaign.

“But still, he’s hard to stop in that forward line. When he gets a run and jump there’s not too many who can stop him.”

2014

Selected with North Melbourne’s final pick of the 2013 National Draft, Ben Brown didn’t have the smoothest start to AFL football. An assortment of injuries forced the Tasmanian to have an interrupted pre-season and delayed his return to the field.

Once the 200 centimetre big man returned to action through Werribee and the VFL, the assumption was that he would require a handful of games simply to get back into the flow. Instead the improvement was swift.

Brown was selected to make his debut in Round 14 against Melbourne and immediately helped to make the forward line function better.

Although a finger injury cost him two matches, on either side of it North was able to kick higher scores; three goals a game more when he was in the side.

It was in the Elimination Final where Brown played arguably his best game of the year. With four goals in the second half, he forced all sorts of defensive changes from the oppostion as North charged from 33 points down.

He finished with 18 goals from his 11 games, an impressive effort considering he was playing through knee discomfort.

Brown will resume training after Christmas.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 7.5
    • Handballs 4.3
    • Disposals 11.8
    • Marks 5.1
    • Hit-Outs 2.2
    • Tackles 1.1
    • Goals 2.7
    • AFL Fantasy 70.1

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6
Handballs 7 Adelaide Crows Rd 7
Disposals 17 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6
Marks 8 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6
Hit-outs 6 Fremantle Rd 5
Tackles 3 Adelaide Crows Rd 7
Goals 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6
AFL Fantasy 115 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 93 - 136 6 5 11 6 0 1 0 2 2 1 68
2 Geelong Cats L 112 - 111 10 4 14 6 0 2 0 0 3 1 77
3 GWS Giants L 67 - 109 7 4 11 2 0 2 0 2 1 2 53
4 Western Bulldogs L 86 - 89 8 6 14 8 0 1 0 1 4 1 90
5 Fremantle L 67 - 62 8 2 10 6 6 1 1 1 1 1 61
6 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 13 4 17 8 3 2 1 1 6 2 115
7 Adelaide Crows W 145 - 86 4 7 11 3 5 0 1 3 2 1 62
8 Sydney Swans L 78 - 120 3 4 7 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 35
9 Melbourne W 90 - 104 10 3 13 6 3 3 2 1 5 2 90
10 Carlton W 96 - 113 6 4 10 4 3 2 0 0 1 1 50
11 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
13 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 6 75 43 118 51 22 15 6 11 27 12 701

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 65
    • Kicks 7.2
    • Handballs 3.4
    • Disposals 10.6
    • Marks 4.8
    • Hit-Outs 2.5
    • Tackles 1.2
    • Goals 1.8
    • AFL Fantasy 61.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6, 2017
Handballs 8 Hawthorn Rd 16, 2014
Disposals 17 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6, 2017
Marks 10 Port Adelaide Rd 17, 2016
Hit-outs 11 Adelaide Crows Rd 14, 2016
Tackles 4 Geelong Cats SF, 2014
Goals 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6, 2017
AFL Fantasy 115 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 North Melbourne 75 43 118 51 22 15 6 11 27 12 701
2016 North Melbourne 174 65 239 115 52 28 14 28 41 18 1411
2015 North Melbourne 152 72 224 99 63 21 6 21 32 17 1256
2014 North Melbourne 66 41 107 49 27 6 7 17 18 9 624

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

Milestones

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 8
- Goal assists: 2
- Goals: 1
- Time on Ground: 85%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 11
- Inside 50's: 3
- Goals: 2
- Time on Ground: 100%

NMFC Debut

Round 14, 2014 v Melbourne
Venue:
MCG

North Melbourne: 4.5.29, 7.8.50, 14.12.96, 15.17.107
Melbourne: 3.0.18, 6.0.36, 8.4.52, 10.6.66

50th game

Round 18, 2016 v Collingwood
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 6.5.41, 10.7.67, 14.10.94, 18.16.124
Collingwood: 2.2.14, 4.4.28, 10.7.67, 12.12.84