Brian Lake

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Brian Lake
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Personal information
Full name Brian Lake
Date of birth (1982-02-27) 27 February 1982 (age 34)
Original team(s) Woodville-West Torrens (SANFL)
Draft No. 71, 2001 National Draft, Western Bulldogs
Height/Weight 195 cm / 98 kg[1]
Position(s) Full-back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–2012
2013–2015
Total
Western Bulldogs
Hawthorn
197 (32)
054 0(2)
251 (34)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
Career highlights

Brian Lake (born Brian Harris; 27 February 1982) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early career[edit]

Picked late in the 2001 AFL Draft at pick 71 from Woodville West-Torrens due to a sleep apnea condition that resulted in him falling asleep in club interviews.[citation needed] The Bulldogs discovered this and realised they could get him as late as they wished.[2] Lake was a relatively late developer.[citation needed] Making his AFL debut late in the 2002 season, he was seen as a raw full-back who was some way from fully developing.[citation needed]

Western Bulldogs career[edit]

Lake playing for the Western Bulldogs in 2008

By the 2005 season, Lake's role in blanketing some of the best full-forwards in the game was seen as outstanding.[who?] 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), who led the team to within half a game of a finals' berth.

In 2007 he developed into one of the leading full-backs in the competition and is remembered for the match against St Kilda in which he held Fraser Gehrig, a dual-Coleman Medal winner, to no possessions for the entire match.[citation needed] That year he won the Charles Sutton Medal as the Bulldogs' best and fairest player.

Lake earned a place in the 2009 AFL All-Australian team in the back pocket as his first All-Australian honour.[citation needed] In season 2010, he was again named in the 2010 AFL All-Australian at full back.[citation needed] Lake has often been referred by many commentators as a "defensive monster" due to his ability to out strength his opponent and take the mark in contested situations.[citation needed]

Trade to Hawthorn[edit]

Lake, along with pick 27, were traded to the Hawthorn Football Club at the end of the 2012 season during the trade period, in return for picks 21 and 41.[citation needed] The trade on the first day of trade week had caught many sport commentators by surprise that a deal was done so quickly.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] A corked thigh caused him to delay his debut for his new club until round 5 against North Melbourne.[3]

Hawthorn career[edit]

Lake's move to Hawthorn culminated in his first AFL premiership, with Hawthorn defeating Fremantle and Lake winning the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground.[4] Lake played 21 games in his first season as a Hawk, his two goals were kicked against Sydney in consecutive weeks.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] Lake was charged with misconduct by the AFL Match Review Panel and referred straight to the AFL Tribunal for determination.[5] Lake went on to win 2 more AFL premierships with Hawthorn in 2014 and 2015, playing a pivotal role in Hawthorn's success.[citation needed] This era is the first time Hawthorn have ever won 3 successive premierships in its history.[citation needed] Lake announced his retirement on 6 October 2015 after playing his last game for Hawthorn in the 2015 AFL Grand Final and winning his 3rd AFL premiership.[6]

Personal life[edit]

At Christmas 2007 he legally changed his name from "Brian Harris" to "Brian Lake" in order to keep his father's family name alive.[7] He was born outside of marriage and "Harris" is his mother's maiden name.[citation needed] Lake currently resides in Caroline Springs, a suburb in Melbourne's west.[citation needed]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of career[8]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league after season and finals
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2002 Western Bulldogs 36 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 0.0
2003 Western Bulldogs 36 13 6 7 44 31 75 23 19 0.5 0.5 3.4 2.4 5.8 1.8 1.5
2004 Western Bulldogs 36 17 0 0 72 40 112 47 18 0.0 0.0 4.2 2.4 6.6 2.8 1.1
2005 Western Bulldogs 36 22 2 1 150 81 231 85 26 0.1 0.0 6.8 3.7 10.5 3.9 1.2
2006 Western Bulldogs 36 24 1 0 177 127 304 123 49 0.0 0.0 7.4 5.3 12.7 5.1 2.0
2007 Western Bulldogs 36 20 0 1 237 106 343 182 35 0.0 0.1 11.9 5.3 17.2 9.1 1
2008 Western Bulldogs 36 25 4 2 272 171 443 175 50 0.2 0.1 10.9 6.8 17.7 7.0 2.0
2009 Western Bulldogs 36 25 2 6 290 183 473 208 34 0.1 0.2 11.6 7.3 18.9 8.3 1.4
2010 Western Bulldogs 36 25 10 6 344 177 521 240 58 0.4 0.2 13.8 7.1 20.8 9.6 2.3
2011 Western Bulldogs 36 5 3 0 41 17 58 20 8 0.6 0.0 8.2 3.4 11.6 4.0 1.6
2012 Western Bulldogs 36 20 4 7 261 82 343 160 30 0.2 0.4 13.1 4.1 17.2 8.0 1.5
2013 Hawthorn 17 21 2 1 199 129 328 158 39 0.1 0.0 9.5 6.1 15.6 7.5 1.9
2014 Hawthorn 17 11 0 1 80 73 153 61 12 0.0 0.1 7.3 6.6 13.9 5.5 1.1
2015 Hawthorn 17 22 0 0 192 120 312 147 34 0.0 0.0 8.7 5.5 14.2 6.7 1.5
Career 251 34 32 2360 1338 3698 1630 412 0.1 0.1 9.4 5.3 14.7 6.5 1.6

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