Perhaps somewhat lost in all the hype of Grand Final week is the fact that we will farewell one of the game’s greats.
Gary Ablett Jnr, the son of God.
Saturday night’s Grand Final @ the Gabba against the Tigers will be Ablett’s 357th and last AFL game.
What a way to finish.
Drafted in 2001, Ablett took a few years to find his stride.
Or did he?
The weight of expectation was firmly on his shoulders to uphold the famed Ablett name.
Well he’s done that. Yes he certainly has.
Drafted in 2001, Ablett steered Geelong to 3 grand finals, winning two flags in 2007 & 2009.
Across his 20 year career, he’s achieved everything you can in the game, perhaps outside of the Norm Smith Medal.
Steve Johnson and Paul Chapman got that award when the Cats won in ‘07 & ‘09 respectively.
But alongside the 2 flags, you can put 8 All Australian selections & 2 Brownlow medals.
He left his beloved Geelong in 2010 to help kickstart the Gold Coast Suns, and let's face it, to earn a bucket load of cash. In 2014, as they were making a run at the finals, Ablett injured his shoulder and injuries began to plague him thereafter.
In 2018, the prodigal son returned, teaming up with the Selwood and Dangerfield in a dangerous mid-field combination.
For Gary Ablett, like most, 2020 has not been the easiest year. But now the Cats find themselves one win away from more grand final glory and the opportunity for Gaz to enjoy a fairytale finish to a storied career.
Perhaps, if someone is writing Ablett's scripts, it might come down to a famous right corner goal on a tight angle.
But will the Cats’ get the job done?
The sentimentalist in me hopes they do, for Gaz, but Dusty Martin and the Tigers provide a formidable obstacle.
Whatever happens Saturday night, we must not forget to appreciate what this man has given us over the past 20 seasons.
Thank you Gaz, for everything you’ve done for our great game and bring on the 2020 AFL Grand Final!
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