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Key Facts

Full name
John Benetti

Known as
John Benetti

17 June 1937

31 October 2013 (aged 76)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 313d
Last game: 28y 58d

Height and weight
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 8

Family links
Serge Silvagni (Cousin)

John Benetti

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,909th player to appear, 2,762nd most games played, 4,262nd most goals kickedCarlton: 714th player to appear, 205th most games played, 355th most goals kicked

A cousin of Carlton great Sergio Silvagni, John Benetti joined the Blues at the same time, and played 88 VFL games for them between 1958 and 1965. Tough, solidly built, and resolute, he was a defender for most of his league career, and was in a back pocket for the losing grand final of 1962 against Essendon. Popularly known as 'Tank' among Blues supporters, he represented the VFL against South Australia at the MCG in 1963 (match reviewed here). 

In 1966, he was appointed captain-coach of VFA 1st division club Oakleigh which was experiencing severe financial hardship. Benetti tried his best, but faced an uphill struggle as the side lacked quality players, and in the end it managed just two wins from 18 matches for the year and was relegated. Benetti meanwhile had departed the club midway through the season after being dropped to the reserves because of poor form. Oakleigh did not have the funds to pay a non-playing coach, a fact of which Benetti was probably cognisant when he tendered his resignation.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.