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The Five: BFL Recruits

Luke Cartelli (Ocean Grove)

Out: Brent Macleod. In: Luke Cartelli. While the majority of the local footballing world was well aware of what Macleod would – and did – bring to the table at Ocean Grove last year, the exploits of Cartelli are a little less known to BFL watchers. He has VFL experience with Coburg during their alignment with Richmond and has been a star in the strong Essendon and District league where he was in the squad for last year’s 3v4 AFL Victoria Community Championships clash with Eastern. Has already made an impression at Ray Menzies Oval after being voted in to the Grubbers’ leadership group.

Mitch Phelps (Barwon Heads)

For a second-straight year Barwon Heads look set to add another quality player without little fanfare. In 2017 it was big man Tyson Macilwain, this year it could well be small forward Mitch Phelps. A best-and-fairest winner and premiership player with Ballarat league club Redan, he has joined the Seagulls alongside fellow former Lion Nathan Horbury. Phelps kicked 39 goals in 13 games for Redan in 2017 and may be the spark Barwon Heads needs to snap a 25-year premiership drought.    

Jordan Erskine (Anglesea)

Anglesea may well nabbed the most influential recruit of the off-season. Jordan Erskine arrives at Alcoa Oval after 353 goals in 91 games, including 57 in a Grovedale team that won just six games during a disappointing 2017. His inclusion, coupled with the addition of fellow former Tiger Jordan Harrison and ex-Sydney Swan Matt O’Dwyer, and the return of Ash Caldwell from Grovedale, has catapulted the Roos into finals contention. Erskine will enjoy the wide spaces of the competition’s grounds, while Anglesea coach Paul Carson will have a decision to make on where to play his brother, with Dale capable of holding down key positions both back and forward.

Daniel Lovick (Geelong Amateur)

Where do we start when talking about the genius that is Daniel Lovick? Arrives at Geelong Amateur after capping a fine GFL career with best-on-ground honours in St Joseph’s grand final win. Is highly likely to slot in across half back for Ammos, which will reduce most BFL forward lines to just five players as they look to curb the influence of Lovick. Would be favourite for the Ash Medal if there was a market.

Nathan Ablett (Modewarre)

Has there been a more talked about BFL recruit in the competition’s history? An AFL premiership player at 21, Nathan Ablett has been somewhat of a footballing nomad since walking away from the Cats at the end of 2007. He spent a season with brother Gary on the Gold Coast and with VFL club Werribee. Most recently he played in Gippsland with Warragul Industrials. Adds to a forward line already containing the likes of good mate Luke Forbes, Josh Bouwman and Josh McDonald.


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