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Sinclair gets through unscathed

Small defender Ben Sinclair made a welcome return from a hamstring injury in Collingwood's 115-point win over Bendigo on Saturday.

1:40pm  May 18, 2014

Two Pies set for injury lay-off

Collingwood defenders Nathan Brown and Ben Sinclair are set for a stint on the sidelines after sustaining injuries in Saturday night’s gritty win over Sydney.

4:20pm  Mar 31, 2014

Sinclair gives shoulder the thumbs up

Small defender Ben Sinclair says his shoulder passed its latest test against Gold Coast with flying colours.

8:15am  Mar 3, 2014

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Highlights: Sinclair's shimmy

8:13pm  Aug 23, 2014

Post Match: Sinclair

3:47pm  Mar 9, 2010

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Ben
Sinclair

Height
183 cm
DOB
01-10-1991
Weight
80 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
5
Career
44
Goals
2014
2
Career
20
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
271
Avg
54
BenSinclair

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Scotch College (VIC)
Clubs: Collingwood (2011-2014)
Debut: Round 19 2011 v Essendon
Recruited From: Oakleigh U18
Brownlow Votes: 0

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Constantly belies his build to be an inspiration to teammates with his attack on the ball and the ball carrier. Possesses genuine pace, desperation and a willingness to compete. These qualities have made him a valuable option at both ends of the ground during the first four years of his career. He made his name as a small forward in 2012 but found himself playing in a lock-down role at the other end of the ground the following year. A brave and diligent customer, Sinclair will be looking to further cement his place as a small defender in 2014.

Season By Season

Season By Season

It was season of transformation for the gutsy 22-year-old. Few would have guessed that he would have ended the season entrenched in the back pocket after bobbing up for 14 goals as a small forward in 2012. He started the year at the feet of Travis Cloke and Quinten Lynch but struggled to impact the scoreboard, his two goals against Carlton in round two aside. His fanatical attack on the opposition backmen waned after a strong start (Sinclair laid 13 tackles in the first two games) and he returned to the VFL for the first time in more than a year after being substituted out of the ANZAC Day loss with only five touches to his name.

In hindsight, ANZAC Day represented a sliding doors moment for Sinclair who was demoted to the VFL but did so with a new role to play, as he was nominated as a candidate to replace Alan Toovey who happened to sustain a season-ending knee injury against the Bombers.

Sinclair’s back pocket adventure began slowly but gathered pace with 19 and 21 disposals in successive weeks against Geelong and Essendon. Importantly, he was able to quickly find the balance between attack and defence and his refusal to concede an inch saw him catapulted back into the seniors for the Queen’s Birthday clash with Melbourne. He received an AFL Rising Star nomination in the corresponding game last season and it again served as a good luck charm for Collingwood’s No. 28. It marked the start of an unbroken 10-game run that saw Sinclair carve a niche in the back pocket alongside fellow little man Marley Williams. His ability to create and provide rebound improved with each passing week and by round 19 was gathering a career-high 20 possessions, three rebounds and four inside 50s against Essendon. Unfortunately a shoulder injury against the Hawks a fortnight later put the kibosh on his season but he should finish it proud of what he was able to achieve.

Season by Season

The small forward made considerable inroads in his third AFL season, playing 20 games and earning a Rising Star nomination for his three goals against Melbourne on the Queen’s Birthday. Had injuries in the second half of the season but performed well against Hawthorn in the Qualifying Final when he tagged Grant Birchall. Will develop further with another full pre-season.

Season By Season

Received an early opportunity in the NAB Cup series. Started the year in the VFL but missed 12 weeks with a leg fracture. Impressed greatly upon return with his pace and tackling, which earned him a debut in round 19 against the Bombers. Started as the substitute and had eight possessions and a goal by the end of his one quarter on the field.

Returned for the last three rounds of the home and away season where his hunger for the contest in attack meant he was on the fringe of selection right throughout the finals campaign. Was an emergency for the Grand Final.

Surprised with some strong showings in practice matches against Adelaide and Richmond despite his slender frame. Played 14 games in the VFL, mainly on the wing and at half forward, where he was named in the best once. Missed three weeks early in the season with a shin complaint.

Played for the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup U18. Represented Vic Metro at the U18 National Championships, where he averaged 12.8 disposals and 3.0 tackles. Suffered glandular fever late in the season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 6.8
    • Handballs 7.8
    • Disposals 14.6
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 54.2

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 9 Fremantle Rd 1
Handballs 11 Sydney Swans Rd 2
Disposals 20 Fremantle Rd 1
Marks 7 Sydney Swans Rd 2
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 3 GWS Giants Rd 22
Goals 1 GWS Giants Rd 22
AFL Fantasy 72 Sydney Swans Rd 2

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle L 46 - 116 9 11 20 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 69
2 Sydney Swans W 69 - 89 6 11 17 7 0 0 1 2 1 0 72
3 Geelong Cats L 76 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Richmond W 72 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 North Melbourne W 93 - 58 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Essendon W 83 - 60 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Carlton W 70 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Adelaide Crows L 76 - 55 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 West Coast Eagles W 109 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 St Kilda W 54 - 140 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Melbourne W 28 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Western Bulldogs L 98 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Hawthorn L 115 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Carlton W 91 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Gold Coast Suns L 80 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Essendon L 103 - 39 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 98 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide W 76 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles L 126 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Brisbane Lions L 56 - 123 7 3 10 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 38
22 GWS Giants W 67 - 75 8 8 16 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 67
23 Hawthorn L 56 - 121 4 6 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 25
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 34 39 73 17 0 2 1 7 2 1 271

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 44
    • Kicks 6.2
    • Handballs 5.3
    • Disposals 11.6
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 49.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Essendon Rd 19, 2013
Handballs 12 Port Adelaide Rd 14, 2013
Disposals 20 Fremantle Rd 1, 2014
Marks 7 Sydney Swans Rd 2, 2014
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 Essendon Rd 5, 2012
Goals 3 Melbourne Rd 11, 2012
AFL Fantasy 81 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Collingwood 34 39 73 17 0 2 1 7 2 1 271
2013 Collingwood 100 88 188 44 0 3 8 42 2 1 768
2012 Collingwood 129 82 211 50 0 10 11 44 14 11 949
2011 Collingwood 20 25 45 8 0 2 1 12 2 3 196

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

Career

AFL: 39 games, 18 goals

VFL: 24 games, 6 goals

NAB Cup: 12 games, 6 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut: Collingwood v Essendon, Round 19 2011 at the MCG

Collingwood VFL Debut: Werribee v Collingwood, Round 4 2010 at Chirnside Park

Awards

AFL Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination
Round 12 2012 v Melbourne

Club Awards