There are 3 certainties in life. Death, Taxes and a Gary Ablett ton.
If you look up Gary Ablett Junior in the dictionary – it should read: “The greatest player to have graced the game of Australian Rules Football. Period.” It’s well documented how good Gary is. I can hear people ask; “Why analyze him? We all know how good he is”.
I don’t think people realize just how good he is…
Everybody has a religion; Christianity, Catholicism, Atheism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Scientology, Muslim, and many more. Even no religion is a religion. If I had one; it would be Supercoachology (maybe I’m the first one to adopt it?) – Of which Gary Ablett is the God. For so bloody long; his numbers have been majestic. He’s capable of absolutely MAMMOTH scores and currently sits 3rd on the All-time highest scores list. It was set in round 5 of 2008, where he amassed 254 points; playing the complete game.
Since SC inception in 2006; The Little Master has broken the fabled 200 barrier 3 times! Just once is a feat in itself; but thrice is just God-Like! He has achieved a 170+ score 19 bloody times… Nobody has achieved the numbers that this man has.
In the 2014 season; quite a few thought they’d get Ablett as an upgrade target rather than start with him. That was a COLOSSAL mistake – considering he opened with 7 consecutive 120+ scores, to average 146.9; making his price balloon to 740k – up 45k on his starting value.
2015 sees a wind change at the Suns. Rocket Eade is coach and Gablett is returning from a reconstructed shoulder and all reports say he is progressing well, and should have a full preseason. Who cares who the coach is; Gary has played under a few, and since 2008; he has averaged over 114 every year
|Games last season:||15|
|Average last season:||136.7|
|100+ games last season:||13|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2 (one due to injury in his final game of 2014)|
|Price range last season:||$670K-$754K|
|Missed games last season:||7; RDs 17-23 (Shoulder Reconstruction)|
|Significant history:||Averaged over 114 for 7 straight yearsAveraged over 130 4 times2 Brownlow Medals2 Premierships8 times All Australian5 times B&F3 times Leading Goal kicker
Drafted pick 40 in 2001 National Draft (Father Son)
I suppose we should delve into just how good he really is. Look at these for numbers in his last 3 years:
Gary Ablett 2012-2014
|AVG Supercoach Points||134.6|
|AVG SC in Wins||137.3|
|AVG SC in Losses||130.8|
|sub 80 games||4|
|80-99 pt games||4|
|100-110 pt games||3|
|111 – 120 pt games||6|
|121 – 130 pt games||7|
|131 – 140 pt games||7|
|141 – 150 pt games||7|
|151+ pt games||17|
|100-150 pt games||31|
By those numbers alone, you should just pick him. Set him as captain and bask in the majesty of his numbers. 100+ in 85% of his games and 151+ in a THIRD of his games… a 151+ score every three weeks. Yep. Did anyone say Permacaptain?
His stats show that he does slightly better in wins; which is good – considering the Suns will make top 8 in 2015. Maybe even a smoky for top 4. Any way you read it; Gary Ablett is a Monty for your team. I don’t know about you, but this year when he went down, I struggled to find a consistent captain-worthy player. If he plays Friday or Saturday – VC him; He’ll more than likely go big. If he plays Sunday, or you have another captain option play before him; use him as the captain. You need the reliability he provides.
Now, if you have high testicular fortitude and are considering NOT starting Ablett in the hope he starts the year slow; think again. His average in the first 7 rounds of the last 5 years read: 146.9 in 2014, 138.4 in 2013, 144.6 in 2012 (he missed 2 of the opening 7 from minor knee injury), 118.2 in 2011 (new team, groin troubles), 155.2 in 2010 (missed 1 game due to hammy).
So… are you still going to start without Gary? I thought not.
- Rocket Eade has mentioned that Gary will be spending more time up fwd.
- Returning from Major Injury.
Set and forget Permacaptain. Some may want to go on the cheap and trade into him. Either way; Gary should feature in every single SC team come round 23.
- 7 consecutive 114 averaging seasons. With 4 130+.
- The complete player. Possessions. Efficiency. CP. Goals. Assists. Tackles.
- Permacaptain. One third of his last 56 games have been 151+
- Sub 100 8 times in 3 years, once due to injury.
- New coach has stated he will (may) play more time up forward.
- Returning from major shoulder surgery.
- Generally misses 1-2 games a year.
I don’t know about you, but Gary Ablett junior will be my first pick in 2015. The only thing that will stop me selecting him is if his leg falls off. Even then he’ll become a 50-50 prospect. Gary Ablett with one leg is still better than most players.
Yes; he is over 30. He’s still a freak.
There is a new coach; he’ll still get the pill.
He might play up forward; he’ll still get the pill and kick goals.
Even though he usually misses 1-2 games; he is still worth the coin. He’s just that good.
The Suns have a better coach in 2015. The team has acquired better players and the kids are improving. They’ll win more games than not and should play finals.
Gary Ablett of 2009 – premiership year. Averaged 140.1.
Gary Ablett of 2015 – top 8 team. Will average 130+.
You’d have to have rocks in your head not to start GAJ.
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