Carlton ruckman, Matthew Kreuzer, has had a successful return to the VFL today. The 22 year old played out the first half of the game in the Northern Bullants against the Werribee Tigers at Avalon Airport Oval.  By quarter time Kreuzer had already managed 5 touches, 3 hitouts and a tackle, and finished his time on the field with 2 goals and 5 hitouts to his name.

The Carlton Football Club lost their number 1 ruckman for the remainder of the 2010 and the beginning of the 2011 season after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during Carlton’s 9 point loss to Fremantle Dockers in round 13 last year.

The Carlton tall underwent a knee reconstruction following the injury last year and he returned to training with the club in February early this year. Next week he is expected to play out three quarters in the Northern Bullants, home at Visy Park against the Box Hill Hawks, followed by a full game in round 10 against Collingwood and a return to the AFL soon after that.

Whilst ruckman Robert Warnock and Shaun Hampson have proven to be suitable replacements for Carlton over the last year, there is no doubt Carlton Supporters will be highly anticipating Kreuzer’s long awaited return back into the AFL.