Les Bamblett

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Les Bamblett
Personal information
Full name Les Bamblett
Date of birth (1963-08-05) 5 August 1963 (age 54)
Original team(s) Lemnos
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1983 Melbourne 11 (12)
1984–1988 Footscray 37 (59)
Total 48 (71)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1988.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Les Bamblett (born 5 August 1963) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne and Footscray in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

An Indigenous Australian, Bamblett played as a forward and who won the 1982 Morrish Medal, as the best and fairest player in the VFL Under 19's competition.[1] The following year he made his senior debut, against Collingwood in the opening round of the 1983 VFL season, kicking two goals.[2] He made a further 10 appearances that year.[2]

Bamblett trained at Richmond in the 1984 pre-season but they couldn't come to an agreement with Melbourne on a transfer fee. He instead joined West Australian Football League club Claremont for the 1984 season. Clearance issues meant he was unable to play a senior game and upon receiving an offer from Footscray, returned to Victoria during the season.

He kicked 51 goals for Footscray in 1984, to finished second in his club's the goal-kicking behind Simon Beasley.[2] His 24 games that season included three finals.[2] Over the next three years he struggled with injuries and was only able to add a further six games to his tally.[2]

Two of his nephews, Chris Egan and Andrew Lovett, both played in the Australian Football League.


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e AFL Tables: Les Bamblett

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