Jack Bennett

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Jack Bennett
Personal information
Date of birth (1920-06-21)21 June 1920
Place of birth Northcote, Victoria
Date of death 26 May 1997(1997-05-26) (aged 76)
Original team Camberwell (VFA)
Debut Round 4, 1940, Carlton
v. Melbourne, at Princes Park
Height/Weight 184 cm / 96 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1940–1947 Carlton 119 (46)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1947 season.

Jack Bennett (21 June 1920 - 26 May 1997)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1940s.

From the eastern suburbs, Bennett played in the Eastern Suburban Football Association until 1937, then joined Camberwell in the Victorian Football Association in 1938. He played for Camberwell for two years, and attracted the attention of five VFL clubs, before signing with Carlton for the 1940 season.[2]

Bennett played eight seasons with Carlton as a member of the ruck and with his solid build liked to crash his way through packs. He played in Carlton's 1945 premiership team and was one of the best afield in their 1947 premiership in which he helped out in defence. The 1947 VFL Grand Final was the final VFL game of his career. He became a life member of the club after giving eight years of service.

After leaving Carlton, Bennett moved to Tasmania. He was captain-coach of Cooee in the North Western Football Union in 1948, and captain and assistant coach of North Launceston in the Northern Tasmanian Football Association in 1949, leading the team to the State Premiership that year.[2] He then played for Clarence in the Tasmanian Australian National Football League from 1950 until 1952, also coaching the side in 1950 and coaching the seconds in 1952.[3]


  1. ^ "Jack Bennett - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Half back (30 September 1949). "Disappointment proved a blessing in disguise". Examiner (Launceston, TAS). p. 12. 
  3. ^ Drop-kick (22 April 1953). "Jack Bennett for Franklin?". The Mercury (Hobart, TAS). p. 31.