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Cats await decision on latest Ablett hit

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26th May, 2019

Geelong have been debating when to give Gary Ablett a rest for a few weeks, but match review officer Michael Christian might just take the decision out of their hands.

Ablett’s right-arm jab to the jaw of Gold Coast’s Anthony Miles has been dissected at length since the two-time Brownlow Medal winner’s rush of blood in the Cats’ win at Metricon Stadium.

It continued an out-of-character run for the 35-year-old after he escaped suspension for much-debated high hits on Essendon’s Dylan Shiel and North Melbourne’s Sam Wright.

An umpire was standing nearby and paid a free kick against Ablett for his latest indiscretion but did not report him.

“It seems to get built up every week … obviously I was a little bit clumsy there and I gave away a free kick,” Ablett said on Fox Footy.

“It was just undisciplined. Obviously I’m disappointed with it, but it was just a free kick.”

Ablett will be hoping that Christian’s assessment on Monday is that the impact was too low to warrant a charge, with Miles able to continue the match apparently untroubled.

St Kilda will be sweating on the availability of pair Ben Long (rough conduct) and Luke Dunstan (striking) after they were reported during Sunday’s win over Carlton.