Ben Harrison

Date of Birth: 17/01/1975
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Guernsey: 20
Debut: 21/04/1996, Round 4, Sydney
Last Game: 06/08/2000, Round 22, Carlton

Seasons: 1996-2000
Total Games: 74
Total Goals: 39

Ben Harrison was originally from Devonport and was a childhood friend of Tiger star Matthew Richardson who was also from Devonport. Ben was initially drafted by Carlton with pick 103 in the 1992 AFL National Draft . It took till Round 15 1995 against Adelaide to make the Carlton senior team. He only played 1 more game with Carlton senior team which was a very strong group that would go on and win the 1995 Premiership. Ben was Carlton Reserves Best and Fairest in 1995 but looking for senior
games opportunities , at the end of 1995 he was traded to Richmond in exchange for Justin Murphy. Ben played only 8 senior games for the Tigers in 1996 but was a regular senior player in 1997 and 1998. In a memorable final round in 1997 Ben kicked the winning goal in a two point win over a heavily fancied Carlton , resulting in Carlton missing the finals for the first time since 1992 and Stephen Kernahan finishing a great career on a slightly sour note. Tiger supporters got some joy after a difficult season that saw the late season changeover of Coach from Robert Walls to Jeff Gieschen. Ben played mainly as a defender but was
quite versatile and played also as wing and forward. In 1997 and 1998 Ben had ‘ 4 goal hauls ‘ on 3 occasions . Ben was also one of only three players in 1998 to play all 22 games and finished 4 th in the Club Best and Fairest. Ben missed the first 8 games of 1999 with hamstring injuries but recovered to play the rest of the season in the senior team. Ben played 14 games in 2000 but at the end of the 2000 season Ben was traded to the Western Bulldogs in exchange for the Western Bulldogs pick 41 in the 2000 AFL Draft. Richmond used pick 41 to draft Andrew Krakouer in the 2000 AFL National Draft. Ben went on to play 82 out of a possible 86 games for the Western Bulldogs from 2001-2004, with injuries restricting him to 3 games in 2005 bringing about his retirement from AFL football.

Carlton 1995, Games 2, Goals 0. Joined Richmond as traded player from Carlton in a swap for Justin Murphy in 1995.

Western Bulldogs 2001-05, Games 85, Goals 32.