Jack Brake

DOB: 11 November 1890
Died: 16 May 1970

MFC Debut: Round 2, 1915 against Fitzroy at Brunswick Street
Last Game: Round 4, 1921 against South Melbourne at MCG

Games: 17 (98 total)
Goals: 2 (23 total)
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From: Melbourne University/University

Number: 10 1915, 1920-1921

Originally from Horsham, ruckman Brake was one of University's few superstars in their brief stay in the VFL. A former amateur pole vault champion of Australia, Brake was also accomplished at athletics and the rifle.

He represented Victoria in 1912 and despite briefly retiring in the middle of the 1913 season he played with University until they folded at the end of 1914.

Brake transferred to the Fuschias for 1915, but disappointed in comparison to his performances with University. Nevertheless he helped Melbourne to the finals but then the First World War interrupted and when Melbourne went into recess his career was put on hold.

He enlisted in the Australian Infantry Force and in 1916 played in a match for servicemen in London in front of the Prince of Wales, King Manuel of Portugal and 3,000 other onlookers.

After the First World War ended Brake returned to Melbourne and played six games across 1920 and 1921 before retiring. In his final years he spent most of his time working on his farm at Yering and wasn't able to train, appearing to play matches only.

Brake served again in World War II despite being nearly 50 when the conflict began. At the time of rejoining the military Brake was a member of the Independant Tribunal which oversaw hearings against reported players. He remained on the tribunal through at least 1957.

1915 111
1920 30
1921 31


Football Record (external link) R8 1920
Football Record (external link) R8 1940
Football Record (external link) R1 1957

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