Les Bamblett

Image DOB: 5 August 1963

Debut: Round 1, 1983 against Collingwood at MCG
Last MFC Game: Round 12, 1983 against Collingwood at Waverley

From: Lemnos

Number: 8 1983

Games: 11 (48 total)
Goals: 12 (71 total)
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Invited to train with Melbourne Bamblett initially resisted until a chance meeting with Ron Barassi in the streets of Shepparton convinced him to travel to Melbourne early in 1982. Despite missing the first month and a half of the season, and playing several games in the reserves, he won the Morrish Medal for the best player in the Under 19s competition.

Debuting in the first round of 1983 Bamblett kicked two goals in his first game, despite being cleaned up by David Cloke, but despite showing flashes of brilliance and tremendous speed, was erratic and largely ineffectual in his one year with the Demons.

Homesick and unhappy with his life at Melbourne, Bamblett crossed to Richmond in the 1984 pre-season but, the two clubs couldn't agree on a transfer fee so he moved to Perth instead. He signed with Claremont but was unable to play for them due to clearance issues, and was instead signed by Footscray just before the 1984 transfer deadline.

Bamblett's first season at the Western Oval was a disappointment with just four games, but he burst onto the scene in 1985 with 51 goals. From there on he was plagued with injuries including a snapped achilles and a total knee reconstruction and played just nine more games over the next three years for four goals.

His nephews Andrew Lovett (Essendon) and Chris Egan (Collingwood) both played senior football.

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Inside Football 27/03/1986 says he was swapped for Steve O'Dwyer.

Australian Football profile
Interview with Bamblett - woof.net.au
Wikipedia profile

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