|Full name||Brian Lake|
|Date of birth||27 February 1982|
|Original team||Woodville-West Torrens (SANFL)|
|Draft||#71, 2001 National Draft, Western Bulldogs|
|Height/Weight||195 cm / 104 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Picked late in the 2001 AFL Draft at pick 71 from Woodville West-Torrens, Lake was a relatively late developer. Making his AFL debut late in the 2002 season, he was seen as a raw full-back who was some way from fully developing.
Western Bulldogs career
However, by the 2005 season, Lake's jobs in blanketing some of the best full-forwards in the game were seen as outstanding. He had come of age and shown significant improvement, much like many other of his Western Bulldogs teammates (such as Daniel Giansiracusa, Robert Murphy and Dale Morris), which led the team to within half a game of a finals berth.
After a two-week suspension in 2006 which resulted in him missing the first two premiership matches, Lake made his return against St Kilda, where he was given the job on Fraser Gehrig, a dual-Coleman Medal winner .
In 2007 he developed into one of the best full-backs in the competition. His 2007 season will be remembered for the match against St. Kilda where he held Fraser Gehrig to no possessions for the entire match.
In season 2010, he managed to again be named in the 2010 AFL All-Australian at full back. He undoubtedly had his best season to date and would often rebound from the Bulldog's defence to set up attacks.
Brian Lake has often been referred by many commentators as a "defensive monster" due to his freakishly ability to out strength his opponent and take the mark in contested situations.
Trade to Hawthorn
Lake, along with pick 27, were traded to the Hawthorn Football Club at the end of the 2012 Toyota AFL season during the trade period, in return for picks 21 and 41. The trade on the first day of trade week had caught many sport commentators by surprise that a deal was done so quickly. While the rest of the Hawthorn playing group were away on holidays, Lake trained at Waverley and lost 5 kilos before the team returned for pre-season training. A corked thigh caused him to delay his debut for his new club until round 5 against North Melbourne.
Lake played 21 games in his first season as a Hawk, his two goals were kicked against Sydney in consecutive weeks.
In 2014 Lake was involved in an on field incident with North Melbourne's Drew Petrie during their teams' Round 16 match. Lake was seen holding Petrie in a strangle-like position on the ground for an extended period of a time, before Petrie's teammates dragged Lake away. Lake was charged with misconduct by the AFL Match Review Panel and referred straight to the AFL Tribunal for determination.
At Christmas 2007 he legally changed his name from Brian Harris to Brian Lake to keep his father's family name alive. Harris is his mother's maiden name, he was born out of wedlock.
He currently resides in Caroline Springs, a suburb in Melbourne's west.
- Statistics are correct as end of round 22 season 2014
|†||Denotes seasons in which Lake won an AFL Premiership|
|Led the league for the Season only*|
|Led the league after Finals only*|
|Led the league after Season and Finals*|
*10 games required to be eligible.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Hogan, Jesse (7 July 2014). "Brian Lake sent to AFL tribunal for choke hold on Drew Petrie".
- AAP, Bulldog Harris changes surname to Lake, Brisbane Times, 10 January 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
- Brian Lake's player profile at AFL Tables
- Brian Lake's profile on the official website of the Hawthorn Football Club
- Brian Lake's statistics from AFL Tables
|Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest winner
|Norm Smith Medallist