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Monday, 23 June 2014
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-AUSTRALIAN "" JEFFEREY "JEFF" GARLETT " US A BLACK AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALLER AT THE CARLTON FOOTBALL CLUB IN THE AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS ""
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Jefferey "Jeff" Garlett (born 3 August 1989) is an Indigenous Australian rules footballer at the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League.
Garlett played his early football for Burracoppin, before playing for Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League in 2007. Garlett was homeless for much of the time that he was playing for Swans, often sleeping in the back of cars going for days without eating. Once the club discovered this, he lived with Anne and Maurice Embley (parents of many Swan Districts players, including West Coast's Andrew Embley) and with Swans captain Shane Beros. Altogether, Garlett played 21 league matches for Swans between 2007 and 2008.
Garlett has many relatives who are also Australian rules footballers. He is cousins with Lance Franklin, Cruize Garlett and Des Headland, and is the nephew of Leon Davis.
Garlett was recruited to the AFL by the Carlton Football Club with the sixth pick in the 2009 Rookie Draft. He joined indigenous Swan Districts teammate Chris Yarran at Carlton, who was drafted in the 2008 AFL Draft at pick 6.
After playing in Carlton's 2009 NAB Cup series, he was elevated off the rookie list in place of injured ruckman Robert Warnock. He made his debut in Round 1, 2009 against Richmond at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, scoring a goal with his first kick.Garlett played ten games for Carlton in 2009, scoring twelve goals. Late in the season, he, as well as teammates Cameron Cloke and Eddie Betts, was internally suspended by Carlton for one game after failing to attend a recovery session.
Garlett was made a nominated rookie in 2010, and earned regular selection in the Carlton team. He scored a career-high six goals in Round 19 against Essendon and was subsequently rewarded for this by taking out the NAB Rising Star nomination for the round; he ultimately polled five votes to finish sixth for the Rising Star Award. He played twenty games for the year, and performed strongly in the club's best and fairest, finishing seventh. Throughout the season, he formed part of a short-lived forward-line structure consisting of tall full-forward Setanta Ó hAilpín, and three small forwards (Garlett, Eddie Betts and Chris Yarran) who became known as "Setanta's Little Helpers".
Garlett signed a two-year contract extension with the Blues, and moved onto the senior list proper in 2011. He played every game in 2011, and kicked 50 goals for the year.