Gary Ablett Jr attended Christian College at primary and secondary levels during the 1990s and early 2000s.
He first played football with a Christian College team, then for local club Modewarre, before being picked up by the Geelong Cats under the father-son rule in the 2001 National Draft. He played his first senior AFL game in the opening round of the 2002 season, his first of a total of 357 games at that level.
After nine seasons with the Cats, which included two premierships (2007, 2009) and a Brownlow Medal (2009), he was recruited to the Gold Coast Suns as the club’s inaugural captain. He remained at the Suns for seven years, winning his second Brownlow Medal (2013), before heading back to the Cats in 2018, playing his final game in the 2020 Grand Final where the Cats finished runners up. It finished a stellar career, which also saw him boot a total of 445 goals.
As well as playing in two premierships and twice taking out the AFL’s highest individual award, the Brownlow Medal, Gary was awarded the Leigh Matthews Trophy five times, which goes to the individual named as the AFL Players Association MVP. Three times he was named the AFL Coaches’ Association Champion Player of the Year and was a member of the All-Australian team eight times.
Christian College Geelong is proud to welcome Gary Ablett Jr – a person universally respected as a champion footballer and exceptional human being – as the first male inductee to the Sport Hall of Honour.