Watch: Ben Cunnington breaks down in emotional moment at North Melbourne’s best-and-fairest

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Chris RobinsonThe West Australian
VideoBen Cunnington breaks down at North Melbourne's best-and-fairest.

Ben Cunnington stole the show at North Melbourne’s best-and-fairest awards night with an emotional speech after a challenging year both on and off the field.

Cunnington finished second behind Jy Simpkin in the Syd Barker Medal standings, capping a superb individual season.

It came as the Roos won just four games for the year to finish last, but that wasn’t the toughest thing Cunnington had to endure in 2021.

The 30-year-old missed the final four matches of the season after undergoing surgery to remove a testicular tumour.

“For some reason I’m getting a bit emotional, even though I didn’t even win it,” he said as he broke down via a club video feed.

“I’m not good with this stuff.

“Just to have the support from the club, the players and my beautiful family... I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Ben Cunnington had a fine year.
Camera IconBen Cunnington had a fine year. Credit: RICHARD WAINWRIGHT/AAPIMAGE

Cunnington paid tribute to those around the club, saying said the love he’d felt was “more than I could’ve expected”.

“You think you’re a bit more alone, but the support everyone at the top of the club to the fans stuck at home... it’s been huge,” he said.

“It actually helps me smile and makes me want to keep continue playing for this great club.

“It means more than I ever thought.”

Roos skipper Jack Ziebell and defender Aaron Hall rounded out the top four.

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