Ablett aiming to ramp up training

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    Geelong star Gary Ablett plans to ramp up his training later this week as he tries to prove his readiness for the start of the AFL season.

    As the Cats await word on Patrick Dangerfield’s hamstring injury, Ablett looks more likely to be ready for their March 25 opener against Melbourne.

    By then it will be just on a month since Ablett tweaked a hamstring at training and a scan showed a strain.

    “I’m hoping to join in (full training) at the end of this week, if not early next week, and just really looking forward to jumping into it,” Ablett said on Monday.

    Excitement is high at Geelong about Ablett’s return and his addition to their midfield alongside Dangerfield and captain Joel Selwood.

    But Dangerfield hurt a hamstring in Sunday’s pre-season loss to Essendon and the 2016 Brownlow Medallist says it is the first time the he has suffered the injury.

    The public holiday means Geelong must wait until Tuesday for Dangerfield to have scans and know the full extent of the injury.

    “It feels pretty good,” Dangerfield said at Geelong’s headquarters on Monday.

    “I’ve never done a hammy before, so without having done one, it’s hard to say where it’s at.”

    Dangerfield was not worried about his setback.

    “It’s not ideal – that being said, there are far more people in worse situations than I am,” Dangerfield said.

    “You need a little bit of perspective I think.”

    Lachie Henderson (knee) and Scott Selwood (ankle) are still recovering, while Rhys Stanley also hurt a calf in the Essendon loss.

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    The Crowd Says (14)

    • March 13th 2018 @ 10:45am
      Harsh Truth Harry said | March 13th 2018 @ 10:45am | ! Report

      I’ll say it again, GAJ will play 8 games or less this year and retire, hammy shot at 34 dont get better blokes!

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        March 13th 2018 @ 1:30pm
        Cat said | March 13th 2018 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

        And I’ll say it again … you are too chicken to back that prediction up with a bet

        • March 13th 2018 @ 2:48pm
          Harsh Truth Harry said | March 13th 2018 @ 2:48pm | ! Report

          Every time i try to accept, the moderators block my comment Cat.

          • March 13th 2018 @ 4:24pm
            truetigerfan said | March 13th 2018 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

            Meh.

          • March 13th 2018 @ 5:58pm
            truetigerfan said | March 13th 2018 @ 5:58pm | ! Report

            Maybe your bet could involve something other than money. Your 10k offer was preposterous, a look at me grab for attention. No surprise the mods knocked that on the head and so they should.

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              March 14th 2018 @ 10:29am
              Cat said | March 14th 2018 @ 10:29am | ! Report

              I think that was Rick that wanted the 10k bet. Fake news made excuses about who would hold the money.

              I’d do the tried and true ‘forum bet’ that has been done and used on countless forums for years. If Ablett plays 8 games or less, I will display an avatar of your choosing (from the date it becomes mathematically impossible for him to play 8 games or more until the first H&A match of season 2019 is played).
              If Ablett plays 9 or more games Fake news has to display an avatar of my choosing (starting immediately after he plays his 9th game until the first H&A match of 2019).

              Avatars must conform to the roars rules.

              • March 14th 2018 @ 10:57am
                truetigerfan said | March 14th 2018 @ 10:57am | ! Report

                Yeah, you’re right. Rick did suggest the 10k bet. It was Harry who put on the song and dance performance expressing frustration at not being allowed to accept. But I’d suggest Rick saw that coming. Geez if he really wanted to there are bookies out there who would offer better than evens on that one. Just Harry trying to be relevant. Your avatar idea is a reasonable proposal, how could he refuse? Not sure what the rules are but I bet there’d be some awesome, and appropriate, ideas out there. Would you actually take the bet? And Harry, would you? Though I’d be keen for Gazza to play the first 9 games to maximise HTH’s limited remaining time on the roar!

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                March 14th 2018 @ 4:30pm
                Cat said | March 14th 2018 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

                I’d do it.

              • Roar Guru

                March 14th 2018 @ 7:22pm
                Rick Disnick said | March 14th 2018 @ 7:22pm | ! Report

                I didn’t see this article until now.

                Yes, Harry expressed that he was quite the businessman with copious amounts of wealth. As such, I was happy to make a sizeable bet with him.

                I offered again on Josh’s thread today, but still no answer.

                If Harry is reading, I’m willing to drop this amount to $1k if it’s more palatable.

                However, this is why you’re not going to make this bet:

                1. You would be gambling; and
                2. The odds are not in your favour

                Your writing style doesn’t strike me as someone educated. Now, of course, this doesn’t mean you couldn’t afford to lose $1000, but statistically, it’s less likely someone with a poor education would have a spare $1000 to gamble.

                You’re also gambling against the Cats medical staff that don’t hold your view.

                Furthermore, as a physiotherapist, and now a 5th-year medical student, I’ll inform you: hamstring injuries, in the AFL, result in an average of four missed games per injury, with an average recurrence rate of 23%.

                Now Ablett being in his mid-thirties, along with having a history of HS injuries, would increase the chances of injury. To what level?, well that’s mere speculation and something I’m willing to bet with you on.

                Understand this though: There are 23 H&A matches, plus another 2-3 games the Cats are likely to play in come finals. That’s 25 matches. All he needs to do is play in 9 of those for me to win such a bet.

                As I said, the odds are not in your favour. I wouldn’t be gambling either — losing $1000 would not bother me in the slightest.

                Cats’ bet sounds interesting though.

    • March 15th 2018 @ 12:53am
      Dave said | March 15th 2018 @ 12:53am | ! Report

      Haha classic.
      Come on big unit Harry back yourself bloke.
      I kinda like your posts and now your being challenged you have to man up.
      Ps I would be happy to take 1k off ya if gaz plays less than 9 games and I reckon there would be plenty of others also.
      If you are that certain about Garry’s 8 games this season you could really clean up.

    • March 15th 2018 @ 8:10am
      truetigerfan said | March 15th 2018 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      All this assumes Harry is not a fictional character.

    • Roar Guru

      March 19th 2018 @ 5:30pm
      Cat said | March 19th 2018 @ 5:30pm | ! Report

      Look like Harry has run away scared.

      • March 19th 2018 @ 5:52pm
        Jonboy said | March 19th 2018 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

        Would not put money on that Cat,probably fishing or overseas.

    • March 19th 2018 @ 6:07pm
      Jonboy said | March 19th 2018 @ 6:07pm | ! Report

      Writing style crap,mine is .shocking and I have got more money than you will ever see. A uni student with 10 grand mote like dad and mummy’s money. Do you really think non educated people do not make money. Dream on kid.

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