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Frank Gill


Career : 1929 - 1942
Debut : Round 1, 1929 vs Essendon, aged 20 years 138 days
Carlton Player No. 456
Games : 205
Goals : 14
Last Game : Round 10, 1942 vs Melbourne, aged 33 years 213 days
Guernsey No. 21
Height : 183 cm (6 ft. 0 in.)
Weight : 82.5 kg (13 stone)
DOB : December 10, 1908
Victorian Representative: 1932
Captain: 1933
Premiership Player: 1938
Best and Fairest: 1939
Carlton Hall of Fame (1993)

Regarded as one of the very best in an era of star full-backs, Frank Gill was a Carlton stalwart for 14 seasons. Recruited from Nhill in north-western Victoria, he began his league career with the Blues in 1929 and went on to play 205 games. Fearless and utterly dependable, his anticipation, strong hands and pace off the mark were his greatest assets, along with his booming long kicks to position. His favourite ploy was to dash out front of his opponent, then prop or push back just as the ball arrived. His superb judgement then usually resulted in a mark, or a free kick for a push in the back.

He was appointed club vice-captain in 1931. In 1932 he was selected in the Victorian state team, and was among Carlton’s best in the Blues’ Grand Final loss to Richmond. Largely because of his tireless efforts that day, he was made captain in 1933. His second Grand Final appearance came six years after the first, in 1938 against Collingwood. While Carlton went in as favourites, Collingwood were in hot form after crushing Geelong in a daunting Preliminary Final in which Collingwood’s gun full-forward Ron Todd kicked 11 goals. But in a typically hard, physical contest, the Blues triumphed by 15 points. Defenders Jim Park, Jim Francis and Frank Gill were all superb. Although Todd managed three goals, he was kept under a tight rein all day.

Carlton slipped to finish fifth in 1939, as Frank maintained his consistent form to win our Best & Fairest for the first time, aged 30. By then the war clouds were gathering over Europe, and the VFL went into decline as thousands of young men and women joined up. In a time when Carlton needed stability and experience, Frank was as durable and reliable as always until he, too, enlisted in 1942. He served throughout the war in various ordnance depots, and was promoted to Corporal before being discharged in June, 1946.

Seven years later, Frank's son Dick Gill tried out at Carlton, and managed eight senior games in guernsey number 20.

Frank Gill passed away in in June, 1970, and was posthumously inducted into the Carlton Hall of Fame in 1993.

Frank Gill - A Great Mark

1928 Weekly Times August 04 (p77) article on Frank's career at Nhill.
To read click here> http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224738174

The Gill Brothers - Footballers

1929 article on the Gill brothers from the Weekly Times August 17 (p73)
To read click here> http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224406683


Milestones

50 Games: Round 12, 1931 vs Richmond
100 Games: Round 13, 1934 vs South Melbourne
150 Games: Round 7, 1938 vs St Kilda
200 Games: Round 15, 1941 vs North Melbourne

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