Ben Lennon: AFL Rising Star

The 20-year-old forward displayed great wet weather skills with 16 possessions and nine marks at the MCG last Saturday night against Essendon.

Ben has played eight games this season including the last seven games in a row. His season highlights include three goals against St Kilda in Round 16 and 22 touches against the Gold Coast Suns in Round 20.

Ben played seven AFL games in 2014; five of which he started as the substitute. He was also named as the emergency five times. He required hip surgery at the end of 2014.

He represented Vic Metro at the 2013 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and was named an Under-18 All-Australian. He is also a graduate of the NAB AFL Academy.

Recruited from Macleod Junior Football Club and the Northern Knights, he was Richmond’s first selection (selection 12 overall) in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said Ben’s persistence was now paying dividends.

“Ben has been working incredibly hard on his development as an AFL player over the course of nearly two years,” he said.

“It’s his hard work and determination to improve that is seeing him play consistently at AFL level, and it’s exciting for our football club that Ben is part of our future.”

Ben is the second Tiger to be nominated in 2015 following Kamdyn McIntosh in Round One.

Posted in AFL