Former AFL Footballer Brian Lake was seen as a raw full-back when he debuted with the Bulldogs late in the 2002 season. By the 2005 season, however, Lake’s skill at blanketing saw him become one of the best full-forwards in the game. By 2007 he was the leading full-back in AFL competition and went on to win the Charles Sutton Medal as the Bulldogs’ best and fairest player. In 2009, Lake earned a place on the AFL All-Australian team and again in the 2010 season, as a full-back.
With his ability to out-strength his opponent and take the mark in contested situations, Lake has earned the moniker of a defensive monster of AFL.
Joining Hawthorn saw Lake win his first AFL premiership, defeating Fremantle and winning the Norm Smith Medal for best on the field. He went on to win two more premierships with Hawthorn and played a pivotal role in Hawthorn’s success – Lake’s era was the first time Hawthorn had ever won 3 successive premierships in club history.
This decorated veteran full-back always showed guile, touch and sound judgement on the field, making him the number one choice at Hawthorn as an opposition power forward, until his retirement
Showing great wisdom, the AFL star always spoke about leaving ego at the door, pushing players to play for the team and not for themselves. Lake wanted to create an environment that was safe and enjoyable for all players, encouraging team mates not to compete among themselves.
Though retired from AFL, Lake still enjoys playing in local football, including one-off games with teams like Templestowe Reserve, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the smaller league and is committed to Caroline Springs along with his sons who play junior football for the club. It is clear the the joy of the game still run through this dedicated veteran’s blood.