Gary Ablett Jr.
Gary Ablett Jr. is a professional Australian rules footballer who plays for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League. He also previously played with the Geelong Football Club, the eldest son of Australian Football Hall of Fame member and former Geelong player Gary Ablett Sr. Ablett was drafted to Geelong under the father-son rule in the 2001 AFL draft. He made his debut in 2002 and has become recognised as one of the AFLs best midfielders. Ablett became the captain of the Gold Coast Football Club in 2011. He is a winner of the Gold Coast Best & Fairest award. He won the clubs first and only Brownlow Medal in 2013, in recent years, Ablett has suffered a number of setbacks through injury. Gary Ablett, Junior was born to Gary and Sue Ablett in the town of Modewarre. As the eldest boy among three siblings, Abletts childhood coincided with the peak of his fathers footballing career. Along with his brother Nathan, Ablett would regularly attend his fathers training sessions, Geelong players regarded them as barefooted pests in the rooms, and would often engage in kick-to-kick sessions with both of the boys. He attended Christian College Geelong during his schooling years, Ablett played junior football with the Modewarre Football Club until he was chosen to play for the Geelong Falcons in the Under 18 TAC Cup competition in 2000. Abletts selection was met controversy, as some families of other prospective junior players felt Ablett was chosen on the basis of his famous family heritage rather than footballing merit. However, the Falcons football manager Mick Turner repeatedly dismissed speculation, nonetheless, as the son of a popular and famous football player from Geelong, Ablett attracted a large following even at junior level. Although he was still a player, Ablett received mid-year State honours for Victoria Country during the 2001 National Championships. After spending one year in the TAC Cup, Ablett entered his name into the 2001 AFL Draft at the conclusion of the 2001 season. Ablett was drafted by the Geelong Football Club with their fifth selection, Ablett made his senior debut for the club in the opening round of the 2002 AFL season, where he gathered 8 disposals and took 4 marks. Ablett made twelve appearances in total during the season, before spending the latter half of the year with the reserves team. Playing as a forward, he helped the clubs reserves team win the 2002 VFL premiership against the Port Melbourne Football Club. After achieving premiership success with the team in the previous year
Gary Ablett Sr.
Gary Robert Ablett is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Hawthorn and Geelong in the Australian Football League. Nicknamed God, Ablett is widely regarded as one of Australian footballs greatest players, after making several country league representative teams, Ablett was recruited by Hawthorn from Drouin and made his professional senior debut in the 1982 season. However, he failed to settle down in the city and retreated to Myrtleford the following year, Ablett helped Geelong to a Grand Final appearance in 1989, where he kicked a Grand Final-record nine goals in a losing team. Ablett shocked everyone by announcing his retirement from football at the beginning of the 1991 season. Ablett made three more Grand Final appearances in the 1992,1994, and 1995 seasons before retiring for good after the 1996 season. Ablett is Geelongs all-time leading goalkicker with 1021 goals and in 2006, was voted by past, born in Drouin to Alfred and Colleen Ablett, Gary Ablett grew up in the Latrobe Valley in Victorias Gippsland region alongside his four elder brothers and three sisters. Ablett displayed a love for sport at an age, winning the state school high jump at 10 years of age. He was also awarded both club and competition best and fairest awards for Drouin at the under-11s, under-12s and under-14s levels, after citing waning interest in school, Ablett dropped out of high school at the age of 15 years to become a bricklayers labourer. Outside of work, Gary Ablett began to concentrate on his football, after signing a reserves contract and featuring in six reserves games for Hawthorn, Ablett retreated back to his home in Drouin. He returned to Hawthorn in 1982 and made his senior VFL debut versus Geelong in Round 2, kicking 1 goal and he played a further five games for Hawthorn that year for a total of six games and nine goals. In 1983, he moved to the town of Myrtleford under the tutelage of his cousin Len Ablett. Abletts footballing ability soon came on again, this time to the Geelong Football Club. McMaster convinced Ablett to give the game another shot, this time in the confines of the city of Geelong. After protracted negotiations with Hawthorn, Geelong finally paid a $60,000 transfer for Ablett in 1984, Ablett signed a one-year contract for the 1984 season with Geelong, and he began his first season under the guidance of Tom Hafey. He debuted for the Cats in Round 7 and after just nine games on the wing, Ablett earned best-on-ground honours after kicking 8 goals from the half-forward flank. He played 15 games and kicked 33 goals in the 1984 season, following his first season with Geelong, Ablett signed a new three-year contract with the club. Playing mostly on the forward flank, Ablett won the clubs goalkicking award for the following two seasons with 82 and 65 goals respectively. With his contract expiring at the conclusion of the 1987 season, Ablett shocked the VFL by signing a new contract with his former club
Jed Adcock is a former professional Australian rules footballer and current coach who played for the Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League. He was co-captain of the Brisbane Lions in 2013 and sole captain in 2014 and he is currently the Assistant Midfield Coach at the Lions. He was recruited as the number 33 draft pick in the 2003 AFL Draft from the North Ballarat Rebels and he made his debut for the Brisbane Lions in Round 7,2004 against North Melbourne. In 2007, Adcock came second in the best and fairest and was also an all Australian nominee and he was in the top 10 in the AFL for free kicks and was in the top 15 for tackles. He was a defender at the start of 2007 and then became a midfielder for the lions, in 2008, Adcock was appointed as one of four vice captains alongside Simon Black, Luke Power and Daniel Merrett. Adcock played in the first 15 games of 2009 before getting injured, scans revealed that the injury was a tibial plateau fracture which kept him off the field for 10–12 weeks. He returned for the semi final against the Western Bulldogs. In 2013, he became co-captain of the Lions with Jonathan Brown and in January 2014, after 1 season in job, Adcock stepped down to a mentor role and Tom Rockliff took over as captain. In August 2015, he was advised he would not be offered an extension for 2016. He was, however, drafted by the Western Bulldogs in the 2016 rookie draft with the 46th selection, Adcock played his first game for the Bulldogs in round 4,2016 against Carlton. In August, he announced he would retire at the end of the season and he did not feature in the clubs premiership win in October. Jed Adcocks profile on the website of the Brisbane Lions Jed Adcocks statistics from AFL Tables
Luke Ablett is a former Australian rules footballer with the Sydney Swans of the AFL. He is also the cousin of current Gold Coast captain, Gary Ablett Jr, in 2005 he missed only one game and steadily improved, his average possessions nearly doubling the previous years figures. Ablett was a member of the Swans 2005 grand final winning team, despite kicking straight to West Coast player Ben Cousins at a crucial moment, threatening to lose the game for Sydney. Being part of the team had him following in the footsteps of his uncle Geoff. Ablett now plays for the Fitzroy Football Club in Melbourne, Ablett was delisted by Sydney on 13 November 2009. Sydney Swans site player profile Name game now history, Ablett finds, the other Ablett finds his own space
Nathan Ablett is an Australian rules footballer who played for Gold Coast and Geelong in the Australian Football League. A key forward,1.94 metres tall and weighing 96 kilograms, Nathan is the youngest son of Gary Ablett Sr and the younger brother of Gary Ablett Jr. Although a standout junior footballer, Ablett chose not to play in the TAC Cup to avoid the attention which accompanied the preceding careers of his father and brother. After spending a year playing in country leagues, Ablett agreed to sign for Geelong under the leagues father-son rule and was selected with the 49th overall pick in the 2004 AFL Draft, Ablett made his AFL debut in 2005, and was part of the Premiership side in 2007. However, he announced his retirement from football at the conclusion of the 2007 season. Though a gifted footballer, Ablett avoided media attention surrounding his career by choosing not to play in the TAC Cup. He eventually decided to pursue a career in AFL football, though wary of the placed on him as the son of a former league superstar. Regarded as a shy personality both on and off the field, Ablett rarely participated in media interviews, Ablett debuted midway through the 2005 AFL season after beginning his professional football career with the Geelong reserves team in the VFL. Nathan showed improvement as a player at the end of the 2006 season in the VFL team which contested the Grand Final. By 2007, Ablett cemented his position in the squad at full forward. On 30 November 2007, Ablett announced he was considering retirement from the game at the age of only 21 and this was not without precedent, as Ablett walked away from his TAC Cup team in 2003, but was eventually convinced to return to top level competition. Having been given until the start of 2008 to make a decision, Ablett decided on 7 January 2008 to walk away from AFL for at least one year, Nathan re-commenced training with Geelong on 9 July 2008. Although he was expected to play in Geelongs VFL side in the part of the 2008 season. It was announced on 2 September 2008 that Nathan would not be pursuing an AFL career in 2009, however, he surprised many when he subsequently signed with the Broadbeach Cats to play in the AFL Queensland State League. Ablett returned to AFL football in 2011, playing for the Gold Coast Suns and his Suns debut came in Round 22 against Adelaide,3 years and 325 days since his previous AFL appearance. On 5 September 2011, Gold Coast announced they had delisted Ablett from their playing list and he had played only two games for the Suns and kicked one goal. Nathan Abletts statistics from AFL Tables