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First Blue in number 45...

Gil Lockhart


Career : 1966
Debut : Round 6, 1966 vs Footscray, aged 21 years, 50 days
Carlton Player No. 784
Games : 2
Goals : 0
Last Game : Round 7, 1966 vs Geelong, aged 21 years, 57 days
Guernsey No. 45 (1966).
Height : 173 cm (5 ft. 8 in.)
Weight : 67 kg (10 stone, 7 lbs.)
DOB: April 7, 1945

Since 1911, only five Blues have carried the number 45 onto the field in a senior VFL/AFL game. The first of this select group was Gilbert Leslie Lockhart, who made his debut on the bench for Carlton against Footscray at Princes Park in round 6, 1966.

A busy, determined wingman, Lockhart had earlier represented the Blues at Under 19 level, before returning to play senior football for his local club, Beaumaris. In 1965, Beaumaris enjoyed a dominant season in the South East Suburban Football League, before winning the Premiership with a huge victory over Carnegie in the Grand Final.

The following year, Lockhart was drawn back to Carlton, where his good early-season form with the Reserves gained him selection for the match against Footscray in round 6. Playing at home, the Blues easily accounted for the Bulldogs, with captain-coach Ron Barassi providing outstanding leadership in a Best on Ground effort. Both the 19th and 20th men - Lockhart and Maurie Fowler - were given a run in the last quarter, and were on the field when the final siren sounded.

A week later in round 7, Carlton made the long trek to Kardinia Park to take on finals contenders Geelong. Lockhart warmed the bench as 19th man again, and his team looked like stitching up a surprise win when they led by 19 points at three-quarter time. But Geelong rallied, and aided by a freshening breeze off Corio Bay, kicked 3.3 to Carlton’s one solitary point, and won by exactly that margin.

Lockhart was then omitted from the team for round 9. He was unable to force his way back in before the season ended, and he was told that his services were no longer required.

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