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|V/AFL Clubs||Hawthorn, Footscray|
George Bennett was a pacy high flier who began his senior career with Camberwell in the VFA during the late 1920s. He joined Hawthorn in 1930 and went on to put in many eye-catching performances during two separate stints with the club. The 1934 season saw him move to Footscray after refusing to adhere to Hawthorn coach Tom Lahiff's rule which dictated that any player who missed more than three senior games with injury or suspension had to resume in the reserves. Bennett went on to play a total of 108 games for the Tricolours, winning a best and fairest award in 1935, before resuming briefly with Camberwell in 1941. He finished his senior career back at Hawthorn, however, where he played between 1942 and 1944 to bring his final tally of VFL games with the club to 92, giving him a round 200 all told. He played a total of 13 VFA games with Camberwell. In 1945 he was appointed coach of VFA club Sandringham but oversaw a highly disappointing season which yielded just two wins from 20 matches, and saw the side miss the wooden spoon only on percentage.
Author - John Devaney