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Sport Gary Ablett returns to AFL grand final field after arm injury scare as Geelong's fairytale hopes wither against Richmond

15:06  24 october  2020
15:06  24 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Geelong legend Gary Ablett has bravely fought through the pain in his last-ever AFL appearance, but ultimately to no avail in the AFL grand final in Brisbane.

The retiring champion's career came to an end on the losing side as Richmond proved too good for Geelong in the Big Dance on Saturday night.

Ablett hurt his left shoulder in a tackle from Richmond's Trent Cotchin in a chaotic opening on a slick Gabba surface.

The 36 year old grimaced as he was helped off the ground by trainers, clutching his left arm, and exited the field to receive assessment from the club doctors.

A huge cheer went around the ground when he re-emerged on the sidelines after 19 minutes, coming back on just before quarter-time in his 357th and final AFL match.

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Normally the AFL grand final would bring fans thronging to Richmond , regardless of who was vying for the Back in Geelong , Mr McFarlane said seeing the Cats make the grand final at a time when "It gives people a sense of hope again and a sense of enthusiasm after being locked down for such a

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There was more visible anguish for the Cats legend in the third quarter, with his arm again causing him agony, which he managed to shrug off with a wry smile.

But it came as the Tigers surged in the third quarter, having trailed Geelong for much of the match, before Richmond dominated proceedings in the final quarter to clinch a third premiership in four seasons.

More to come.


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Melburnians celebrate Richmond Tigers' historic AFL Grand Final win .
Crowds dressed in yellow and black marched along Swan Street in Richmond to ring in the victory on Saturday night. Fans chanted as they walked around while cars drove down the street honking their horns. Carrying signs and waving flags, the Richmond supporters were ecstatic their team had clinched the Premiership Cup for 2020.

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