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SportAblett in hot water over high hit in Geelong win

01:55  26 may  2019
01:55  26 may  2019 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

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Geelong continued its hot start to the season but will be sweating over the match review after Despite facing scrutiny over a second high hit in consecutive weeks, Geelong veteran Gary Ablett 14. (80) win at Marvel Stadium on Sunday. Speaking to Fox Footy after the win , Ablett suggested

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Ablett in hot water over high hit in Geelong win© AAP Ablett was involved in a heated altercation with Gold Coast Suns midfielder Anthony Miles in the third quarter Geelong star Gary Ablett is set to face nervous wait during the week once again after a high hit in the Cats’ hard-fought win over the Gold Coast Suns.

Ablett was involved in a scuffle with Suns midfielder Anthony Miles late in the third quarter and connected to Miles’ head with a closed fist in the Cats’ 13. 13. (91) to 9. 10. (64) win at Metricon Stadium.

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The incident is the third-such striking controversy involving Ablett this year, after he was forced to visit the AFL Tribunal earlier in the season after being handed the first suspension of his 18-year career.

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Geelong star Gary Ablett and Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe are still in contention for this year's Brownlow Medal after avoiding suspension for a pair of high hits . Fyfe was also in hot water after a high hit on Richmond's Tom Lynch in the Tigers' 25-point win at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

One of Ablett 's best games in what was a bittersweet match for Geelong fans. Ablett kicked nine goals, a record for a Grand Final, and collected the Norm

However, despite the terrible optics of the incident, Ablett maintained that he had nothing to worry about in terms of his availability for the Cats’ Round 11 clash against Sydney next week.

“I think it seems to get billed up every week,” Ablett told Fox Footy.

“Obviously it was a bit clumsy there and I gave a free kick away, but it was a bit undisciplined.”

Fox Footy commentator and former Swans premiership coach Paul Roos also agreed that Ablett may get away without a suspension due to the fact that Miles was able to run out the remainder of the match.

“I think he’ll be fine next week,” Roos said.

“Based on what we’ve seen … what we know with (Match Review Officer) Michael Christian is that he does take into consideration very heavily the match report.”

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The incident put an unfortunate dampener on yet another outstanding performance from Ablett who has turned in somewhat of a vintage season up forward for the Cats.

Ablett in hot water over high hit in Geelong win© AAP The young Gold Coast Suns showed positive signs once again but simply ran out of gas

The 34-year-old finished with 20 disposals and kicked two excellent goals in traffic as the Cats pulled away from a gallant young Suns side.

Tim Kelly was once again the best on ground for Geelong, finishing with 35 disposals, five marks and four tackles.

Veteran forward Tom Hawkins also continued his excellent season and finished with four goals and 13 disposals, while midfield star Mitch Duncan added 27 disposals and three goals.

The loss also came at a major cost for Stuart Dew’s men after young forward Ben Ainsworth was seen on crutches after suffering an ankle injury in the first quarter.

Ainsworth was among the Suns’ best prior to the injury but was eventually iced up in the third quarter and did not return for the remainder of the contest.

The loss sees Geelong maintain its position at the top of the AFL ladder, four points ahead of Collingwood, while despite their positive signs, the Suns are now 17th on the ladder, but still eight points clear of bottom-placed Carlton.

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Geelong shook off their red and white bogey at home as Sydney were reminded why their run of finals appearances is set to end. © AAP Heads up: Tom Hawkins grabs a mark ahead of Dane Rampe. On a weekend headlined by several upsets, the Cats avoided one themselves on Saturday after kicking clear in the second half to win by 22 points, snapping a three-game losing streak against the Swans at GMHBA Stadium. Star forward Tom Hawkins is set to come under the scrutiny of the match review officer after clipping Jordan Dawson with a forearm to the head in a marking contest in the last quarter.

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