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Key Facts

Full name
Jack Bennett

Known as
Jack Bennett

21 June 1920

26 May 1997 (aged 76)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 332d
Last game: 27y 98d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 96 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; Cooee; North Launceston; Clarence

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 3

Recruited from
Camberwell (1940); Burnie Dockers (1949); North Launceston (1950)

Jack Bennett

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North LauncestonNTFA1949

AFL: 4,789th player to appear, 1,880th most games played, 2,131st most goals kickedCarlton: 552nd player to appear, 128th most games played, 173rd most goals kicked

Jack Bennett was a highly effective ruckman who was a mainstay of Carlton teams for muchof the 1940s. He made his league debut in 1940, and ended up playing a total of 119 VFL games for the Blues, the last of which was the Grand Final of 1947 against Essendon. Bennett was near best afield that day as Carlton got home by a single point. He had earlier also played in the infamous 'Bloodbath' Grand Final of 1945 (reviewed here), which the Blues also won. After finishing with Carlton, Bennett headed south to Tasmania and had stints as captain-coach of Cooee, North Launceston and Clarence.

Author - John Devaney, with updates by Andrew Gigacz


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