MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24: Gary Ablett of the Cats gestures after kicking a goal during the round 17 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions at Skilled Stadium on July 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Geelong Advertiser names 50 greatest Cats players…and Gary Ablett Jnr is not in the top 10

The Geelong Advertiser has begun counting down the Geelong Cats’ 50 greatest footballers.

Theย list, compiled by AFL historian Col Hutchinson, who amazingly has not missed a Geelong match since 1963, has so far counted down player 50-11, with the top 10 to be revealed on Saturday.

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Gary Ablett Jnr, despite being a two-time premiership player, a Brownlow Medalist and 192-game player with the Cats, has come in at No.17 on the list.

Hutchinson rated Ablett purely on what he achieved during his career at Geelong, with the little master arguably leaving the Cats just prior to hitting his peak at the Suns, which yielded another Brownlow Medal in 2013.

The selection is based on a number of criteria, including statistical achievements, consistency, skill, length of service to the club, determination, ability to stand up in vital moments in important matches, courage and ability to entertain.

See the top 50 so far:

Geelong’s top 50 players: 50-41

Geelong’s top 50 players: 40-31

Geelong’s top 50 players: 30-21

Geelong’s top 50 players: 20-11


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  1. All you people saying hes the best have a think about it football didn’t start when he did hes not even the best player in the family and not the best even out of recent Geelong teams ask the players

    • Thats the sacrifice he made Spark. Wouldve been #2 had he stayed. Haha Probably would’ve had 1 or 2 more flags. Same with brownlows. Him and Snr best ive seen. Hard to comment on players too far back. But if 16 above jnr? Not sure about that.

  2. This is just a marketing tool designed to keep the Addie profile in the public eye. It’s even got the paper being talked about in Vietnam. They are always a bit controversial to keep people talking. Old newspaper ploy.

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