Ben Howlett

Ben Howlett (born 21 October 1988) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Ben Howlett
Howlett playing for Essendon in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Ben Howlett
Date of birth (1988-10-21) 21 October 1988
Place of birth Donnybrook, Western Australia
Original team(s) Peel Thunder (WAFL)
Draft No. 30, 2009 rookie draft
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder / forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20102017 Essendon 124 (58)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Howlett was selected by Essendon with pick 30 in the 2010 rookie draft, as a 21-year-old from Peel Thunder in the West Australian Football League. His final season with Peel Thunder saw him claim the club's best and fairest award.[1] He was promoted to Essendon's senior list in the 2010 season.

Howlett, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance-enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his teammates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal,[2] but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for one season which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 AFL season.[3]

Howlett was delisted at the conclusion of the 2017 AFL season.[4]


Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
Career 97 47 26 944 761 1705 296 606 0.5 0.3 9.7 7.9 17.6 3.1 6.3
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles


  1. Mandurah Mail (28 September 2009). "Howlett named the best, coach announced". Mandurah Mail. Archived from the original on 2 October 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  2. Twomey, Callum (31 March 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  3. Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  4. "Dons announce list changes". Bigpond. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.

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