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Updated: 30/09/2009

Gary Ablett

Ablett was the typical country footballer who found it difficult to cope with the city life. He originally tried out with Hawthorn where his brother Geoff played. He played six games in 1982 but then returned to the bush. He was lured back to the VFL with Geelong and was best on the ground in the first game he played. From that first game he has gone from strength to strength.

Ablett's honours include the Geelong's Best and Fairest in 1984, the Coleman Medal for the league's leading goal kicker in 1993-1995 and Geelong Co-Captain in 1995-1996. He has won All Australian selection in 1984, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. In the Centenary year he was named on the interchange bench in the team of the Century. During the 1996 season he passed the 1000 goals landmark ending with 1021 goals after ending his career with a disappointing 1997 season due to a knee injury.

He has played in four loosing Grand Finals including being Best on the Ground and winning the Norm Smith Medal in the 1989 Grand final loosing to Hawthorn.

Ablett played 242 games.

Gary Ablett was chosen by the Geelong Football Club as its star on the Geelong Centenary Maximum Card and Postcard. The maximum card is displayed below. The postcard is essentially the same except that the background is brighter and there is no postmark. A cover with the outline of the postcard was also released.

1996 AFL Centenary Maximum Card

In 2005 after much controversy Gary Ablett was finally admitted to the AFL Hall of Fame.

On the 10th June 2006 the Club held their Gala event. "The Cats' Tales" at the Melbourne Exhibition centre. Onlycovers released a series of covers recognising players from various eras. They  Gary Ablett Snr and Gary Ablett Snr.