June 25, 2024

Former AFL Forward Jeff Garlett to Play for Portland in Local League

Former Carlton and Melbourne forward Jeff Garlett will take to the field for the Hampden Football Netball League’s Portland team this weekend, marking his return to football.

The 34-year-old has been playing for several local league clubs post-AFL career, most recently with Albury, where he scored 90 goals in 58 games.

Garlett, known for his agility and goal-scoring prowess, has also had stints with Temora and Melton South. He is now set to represent Portland in the HFNL.

The Tigers will face South Warnambool at Hanlon Park on Saturday. Portland, currently winless, will face a tough challenge against the undefeated, top-ranked Roosters.

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With Garlett’s addition, Portland gains a player with 185 AFL games and 321 goals to his name, bringing a wealth of experience to the team.

Jeff Garlett last played in the AFL in 2019 with the Demons and was delisted at the end of that season, concluding his 11-year career.

Born in Perth, Garlett was drafted to Carlton as a rookie in 2008 and played 107 matches for the Blues, scoring 183 goals. He earned the club’s leading goalkicker award in 2013 with 43 goals from 22 games, and his career-best season came in 2011 when he scored 48 goals.

Garlett was traded to Melbourne ahead of the 2015 season and kicked 40 goals in his first year with the Demons. He won the club’s leading goalkicker award in 2017 with 42 goals.

The Swan Districts product is set to appear for Portland at 2:00 pm (AEST) on Saturday, June 8, in the Hampden Football Netball League.

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