By Ben Hope
THE father of Berwick teenager Levi Casboult, who was selected by the Carlton Football Club in the AFL Rookie Draft last month, said his son had a quiet Christmas break after a heavy drinking end of year celebration with the Blues and a miraculous escape from a car crash on Christmas Eve.
About 10pm on Christmas Eve Levi Casboult was travelling on the Princes Highway near the intersection of the South Gippsland Highway when the driver of a silver Nissan sedan lost control and travelled over the median strip before colliding with his vehicle.
The driver of the sedan died at the scene.
Miraculously, Levi walked away from the crash without injury but according to his father, is still understandably shaken by the event.
“Levi returned to training with the club on Monday and is trying to put the last couple of weeks behind him,” Mr Casboult said.
“He is looking forward to playing with Carlton in 2010.”
Mr Casboult also said the support of the Carlton club for his son had been fantastic and the club had called every couple of days to see how he was going, as well as offering the services of a psychologist.
“The support has been great, especially as Levi has only been with the club for a couple of weeks,” Mr Casboult said.
“As a parent it is nice to know Levi is playing for a club that has the full support of their players at the forefront of their minds.”
Mr Casboult said he had nothing more to say about the Blues’ end of year celebrations during which, according to the Herald Sun, Levi was involved in a drinking game where he was urged to drink one-for-one with a senior player.
According to the report, Levi was barely conscious when his father picked him up from the Yarra cruise.
“At this stage I would like to leave it alone,” Mr Casboult said.
By Ben Hope