Wally Lock

Image DOB: 22 January 1917
Died: 17 June 1992

Debut: Round 10, 1936 against Essendon at MCG
Last Game: Round 19, 1949 against Hawthorn at Glenferrie Oval

From: Maryborough High School/Maryborough

Number: 18 1936-1949

Premiership Player - 1941
Grand Final team - 1946
Life Member - 1946
Best and Fairest - 1947
150 Heroes selection
MFC Hall of Fame - 2013
Team of the Century selection

Games: 140
Goals: 14
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

A solid defender who was used in various positions around the backline and quickly became a vital member of the Melbourne backline. He was restricted to 13 games in his second season by a series of ankle injuries, as well as being bitten by a horse while at work. In the 1939 pre-season he needed a tetanus injection after the nails of a boot stop punctured his skin.

Lock missed the 1939 premiership after being reported in the Semi Final, then injured himself in the 1940 Preliminary Final. He finally won a flag at full back in 1941 before enlisting in the army during 1942 and stepping out of VFL football while he served with the 15 Field Ambulance.

Returning to the club in 1946, Lock moved to a half-back flank and played 15 games for the season. In 1947 he played 18 matches and was named in the Sporting Life "Team of the Year". That year he won the Best and Fairest.

Lock managed another 18 games in 1948, but missed his third premiership after suffering an injured knee in the 1948 Semi Final loss to Essendon. Though it was initially feared that his career was over, and Lock announced he would be retiring, he returned late in 1949 for four games. He retired for good after the injury failed to respond to treatment in the 1950 pre-season.

Lock was named on the interchange bench of the MFC team of the century.

He was also a talented all-round cricketer.

1936 1010
1937 1380
1938 1723
1939 1400
1940 1506
1941 1621
1946 1500
1947 1804
1948 1800
1949 410
Tribunal Record
Semi Final 1939 Jostling, pushing and tripping 4 matches

Shown as in Air Force in 1944.

Players who served during war

Argus - 15/02/1936
Herald - 02/06/1937
Herald - 05/04/1939
Sporting Globe - 27/04/1940
The Australasian - 24/06/1944
Football Record 1948 Finals
Age - 21/09/1948
Argus - 29/07/1949
Argus - 20/03/1950

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