The ‘little master’ Gary Ablett has accepted that there is a “flaw” in his head-high hitting technique, seen against North Melbourne in Round 8, but doesn’t agree with the label of ‘sniper’.
He was cleared for the hit against Sam Wright. The previous week he had a similar hit on Essendon’s Dylan Shiel, again not receiving any match bans, just a fine.
Geelong coach Chris Scott came to the dual-Brownlow medalists’ defence saying that “he takes offence to people suggesting that all of a sudden after 330-odd games, he’s decided. ‘I’m just going to go around throwing my arms towards players’ heads and get away with it’,” Scott said to AFL.com.au.
He believes that in Ablett’s career, he has made a point of not being that kind of player and “avoiding that reputation” and that nothing in the last two weeks should change that.
Scott was referencing the hit Ablett dealt to Bombers player Dylan Shiel in Round 7.
Ablett’s new role as a permanent forward has resulted in him needing to check running defenders and slow down their run Scott argues.
Macth review officer Michael Christian hinted that Ablett should change his blocking technique due to his two incidents in consecutive weeks.
“That’s part of his technique he needs to fix up and we’re really confident he will,” said coach Scott when asked about Ablett’s technique.
He said Ablett will address the incorrect technique ahead of this week’s clash with the Western Bulldogs on Saturday at GMHBA Stadium.