Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Carl Bleackley Willis

Known as
Carl Willis

23 March 1893

Place of birth
Daylesford, VIC (3460)

12 May 1930 (aged 37)

Place of death
Berrigan, NSW (2712)


Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 35d
Last game: 28y 178d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
University; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
University: 24, 5, 7
South Melbourne: 10, 5, 24

Recruited from
University (1915)

State of origin

Carl Willis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1915, 1920-192129180.6241%0
V/AFL1912-1915, 1920-192175590.7917%0
Total1912-1915, 1920-192175590.7917%0

AFL: 1,877th player to appear, 3,139th most games played, 1,768th most goals kickedUniversity: 78th player to appear, 15th most games played, 5th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 272nd player to appear, 479th most games played, 335th most goals kicked

Carl Willis was an accomplished all round sportsman who played cricket for Victoria in addition to his football career. That career commenced in 1912 with University for whom he played 48 matches and kicked 41 goals over three seasons whilst stamping himself as one of the most impressive members of a persistently weak side. He transferred to South Melbourne in 1915 and added 29 VFL games and 18 goals during that season and in 1920-1. He skippered South in his last year.

Author - John Devaney


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