Son of God deserves to be blessed again

ON ONE of the unholiest of TV shows, The Footy Show, Gary Ablett last week opened up about his faith in God.

Questioned by Sam Newman, who was sporting his serious face on top of the reconfigured one, the Gold Coast skipper was refreshingly honest, revealing he and several teammates get together before each game for a prayer session.

"It means everything to me, my faith," Ablett explained. "Without God I couldn't do the things I do."

And we should all thank God - be it the big man upstairs or his dear old dad who goes by the same name - for providing us with such an incredible footballer and role model. While there are obviously more important things in his life, it would be a sin for Ablett to not become a dual Brownlow medallist.

The Little Champ, who has become one the biggest name in the game, won the league's highest individual honour in 2009.

But, Ablett had strong claims to be awarded the most votes from the umpires two years earlier, in his breakout season, and then again in 2008 and 2010 while still playing with Geelong.

Clear favourite heading into both counts, in 2007 he finished equal fifth with 20 votes behind teammate and winner Jimmy Bartel (29), and in 2008 was equal third with 22 behind surprise packet Adam Cooney (24).

After romping home with 30 votes in 2009, Ablett was second favourite behind Collingwood's Dane Swan the following year when going for back-to-back gongs. But the two top fancies would be left in the wake of Carlton's Chris Judd who would register 30 votes, with Ablett runner-up on 26.

While Judd was a worthy recipient of a second Brownlow, after claiming his first in 2004, the result in 2010 was a shock. The Blues skipper was considered a $23 outside chance and few were more surprised by his win than the man himself.

Ablett has taken his game to a new level since joining the Suns in 2011, and despite being involved in just six wins over his first two years with the new franchise, has enjoyed 23 and 24-vote seasons for two top-seven finishes, gaining maximum votes in six losing causes last season.

Sustaining his level of brilliance in 2013, and with the Suns registering a healthy eight wins, Ablett is clear favourite tonight to finally take 'Charlie' home for a second time and add to his bulging list of honours, which now includes five MVP awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) and three Coaches awards (2007, 2008, 2009).

Looking the man most likely to spoil Ablett's party is Geelong skipper Joel Selwood, who has been an out and out match-winner in many of the 18 games his team won.


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