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Vale past player Frank Hanna

Melbourne is saddened by the loss of past player Frank Hanna
NEWS was received on Tuesday night regarding the death of a past player - Frank Hanna. 
 
Hanna - who originally hailed from Walwa in north-east Victoria - played 30 games for Melbourne between 1947 and 1949. 
 
He missed the 1948 success courtesy of a broken arm. 
 
In 1947, he had to bounce back after being flattened by ‘Captain Blood’ - Jack Dyer. Dyer crashed into Hanna, knocking him out cold. 
 
A Melbourne trainer checked Hanna’s pulse, and he was taken off on a stretcher, covered with a blanket. 
 
Until the very end of the game, Dyer was convinced that he had killed Hanna.  
 
Hanna, who was extremely proud of his time as a Melbourne player, was part of a very important generation, reinvigorating the Club immediately post-war.
 
Resident in Tasmania at the time of his passing, condolences have been passed on to Frank’s widow, Joan.