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Key Facts

Full name
Peter Bennett

Known as
Peter Bennett

Born
11 July 1926

Died
4 July 2012 (aged 85)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 321d
Last game: 27y 364d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 17, 27

Peter Bennett

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1944, 1947-1951, 1953-19541032582.5023%3
Total1944, 1947-1951, 1953-19541032582.5023%3

AFL: 5,315th player to appear, 2,298th most games played, 260th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 838th player to appear, 130th most games played, 14th most goals kicked

Bennett ..... has all the qualities that go to make a champion. He is fast, an excellent mark, and a good, but not always accurate, kick. He has great understanding with his rovers and half forwards, and leads to their passes with split-second precision.¹

Peter Bennett was a useful full forward who topped St Kilda's goal-kicking list on five occasions. However, he retired prematurely from football in order to concentrate on his other sporting love, water polo, at which he was an Australian Olympic representative. Bennett played 103 VFL games for the Saints in 1944 and from 1947 to 1954, kicking 258 goals. He twice booted eight goals in a match.

Author - John Devaney

Footnotes

1. “Sporting Life”, August 1950, page 18.

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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