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Key Facts

Full name
Ben Robbins

Known as
Ben Robbins

Born
27 December 1976 (age 45)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 178d
Last game: 26y 247d

Height and weight
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs
Brisbane; North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Brisbane: 28
North Melbourne: 30

Recruited from
Brisbane (2002)

Family links
Graham Robbins (Father)

Ben Robbins

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
BrisbaneAFL1996-200152140.2748%6.486.812.190
North MelbourneAFL2002-20034070.1853%7.139.452.300
AFL1996-200392210.2350%6.767.962.240
Total1996-200392210.2350%6.767.962.240

AFL: 10,715th player to appear, 2,596th most games played, 3,582nd most goals kickedBrisbane: 142nd player to appear, 115th most games played, 136th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 899th player to appear, 327th most games played, 424th most goals kicked

Stints in state league competitions book-ended Ben Robbins’ highly meritorious AFL career. Originally from Victoria he was drafted by West Coast and travelled west to join the club in 1995. However, he proved unable to break into the strong Eagles line-up, and spent the entire season playing 16 WAFL games and kicking half a dozen goals for Perth.

Robbins had to traverse the whole country in 1996 after being traded to Brisbane. He made his long-awaited AFL debut that year, en route to 52 games and 14 goals with the club over six seasons. An on-baller, he always did what was asked of him when selected, but the presence at Brisbane of some of the best midfielders in the game such as Michael Voss and Nigel Lappin inevitably limited his chances.

After being de-listed in 2001 Robbins nominated for that year’s National Draft and was taken at pick 54 by the Kangaroos, where he rounded off his AFL career with 40 games and seven goals in 2002-3. He remained on the Kangaroos’ list in 2004 but did not play in their senior team, instead spending the whole season with their then affiliate, Port Melbourne.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.