With pick 40 in the 2002 AFL draft, the Geelong Football Club select… the son of “god”.
Gary Ablett Jr is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game and was a steal at pick 40 in 2002, but Matthew Lloyd is willing to go one step further and call him the greatest father-son selection in history.
Now there is some really stiff competition here and Carlton fans won’t like this one bit considering Stephen Silvagni is sitting at full back in the AFL Team of the Century.
Going through the seven players on Lloyd’s list, Lions forward Jonathan Brown comes in at seven after his father Brian played 51 games for Fitzroy and Brown would play all 256 games for Brisbane. Selected in 1999, Brown would win three premierships and captain the club along with booting 594 goals.
Despite being a little controversial at times, not many could argue with Ben Cousins coming in at six. His father Bryan played 67 games for Geelong and they were keen to capture the young Cats fan back in 1995, but his father also played 236 games for Perth and decided to remain in Perth, being selected by the Eagles.
On the field, he was an electric midfielder playing 270 games over 15 years and winning a premiership and Brownlow medal in the process.
Hard to believe it but Dustin Fletcher, coming in at number five, was present in almost every game Lloyd himself played throughout his career. One of the finest defenders the game has seen, he played his 400th game in 2015 before retiring with his two premiership medals. He was born out West and played his whole career at the Bombers where his father had played before him for 264 games.
Matthew Richardson was fourth on the list with 282 games and 800 goals after his dad Alan played 103 games for the Tigers. Richo would never win a premiership but finished as a multiple All-Australian and almost won the Brownlow in the twilight of his career.
Matthew Scarlett comes in at three after his dad played 183 games for the Cats. Scarlett would be commonly regarded as Geelong’s greatest ever defender and played in arguably the best Geelong side of all time. At pick 45, he was a steal and played all 284 games with the Cats, including three premierships.
Ironically his favourite player growing up was Matthew Lloyd but the AFL Hall of Fame inductee is a Geelong man through and through.
This left the big question. SOS or Gary?
It’s really a flip of a coin, with both fathers of the pair being superstars in their own right, their sons lived up to the name. Both men have played over 300 games with SOS being at the Blues throughout whilst Ablett left for the Gold Coast back in 2011.
Lloyd has Ablett at 1, but it’s really close.
.@MatthewLloyd18 ranks the top seven sons in father-sons of all-time – including all players who had fathers who played.
(He has excluded himself from the list)
— Sportsday (@SportsdayRadio) July 30, 2019