AFL grand final: Levi Ablett, son of Gary, to head out with Geelong Cats ahead of big game

It’s a sight adoring footy fans seen plenty of over the years: An Ablett heading out onto the ground on grand final day.

But Saturday’s version will be different and even more emotion-filled, with Gary Ablett Jr’s son Levi set to take to the MCG turf in front of 100,000 spectators for the AFL’s biggest occasion.

Levi, 3, will link up with Ablett Jr’s long-time teammate Joel Selwood as Geelong players make their way onto the field ahead of their clash with Sydney, following the path of his dad and his grandfather Gary Sr, who played in a combined eight grand finals between 1989 and 2020.

“His son’s going to run out with me tomorrow, which is pretty special,” Selwood told SEN.

“I think it’s only fair that an Ablett’s performing on grand final day.

sport, geelong cats, afl, afl grand final: levi ablett, son of gary, to head out with geelong cats ahead of big game

Gary Jr and Levi. Credit: Instagram/Instagram

“It’s Gaz’s turn to cheer on his little son.

“That will be pretty special for the Ablett family, but also for the Geelong faithful.”

Levi suffers from a rare degenerative disease that Ablett Jr and partner Jordan have previously described as having a “very short life expectancy”.

Loading Instagram Post

Earlier this year, Jordan opened up about her love for her son and how he was yet to talk.

“It’s really difficult from a practical point of view but also really difficult just being his mum and not being able to hear his voice or know what he needs,” she said.

“When he gets upset, I have to guess what the problem is.

“It’s also difficult because I’d love to just hear his thoughts, have conversation with my boy and for us to know he understands how much we love him.”

It comes after Levi last month took to the turf at another of his dad’s old stomping grounds at Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium.

Loading Instagram Post

Levi and his little sister Grace were pictured playing with footballs and bubbles out on the field.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Nishioka beats Shapovalov for Korea crown

Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka has claimed his second career title after beating fourth seed Denis Shapovalov 6-4 7-6 (7-5) to win the Korean Open. The 27-year-old, who beat top seed and ... Read more »

Former Australian Test captain Tim Paine makes successful start to comeback

Former Australian Test captain Tim Paine has made a successful return to the field, helping his old junior team to an upset win in Tasmania’s Premier League. The wicketkeeper took ... Read more »

Bryce Cotton fires as Perth Wildcats edge out Brisbane Bullets in NBL

Three-time NBL Most Valuable Player Bryce Cotton has sounded a warning to the rest of the competition with a masterful performance as Perth recorded a solid 87-73 win over Brisbane. ... Read more »

Roos post record AFLW win over ex-coach

Sydney coach Scott Gowans has received a painful reminder of what was cruelly ripped away from him after his side suffered a 66-point AFLW loss to North Melbourne. The Kangaroos ... Read more »

Koroisau to come off bench in NRL decider

Penrith have made the call to hold back Api Koroisau and bring him off the bench against Parramatta in a late NRL grand final positional switch. Just as they have ... Read more »

Snapshot for round six of the AFLW season

THE MOMENT: Richmond teenager Emelia Yassir kicked her side's match-winning goal against Gold Coast with less than two minutes left on the clock at Punt Road Oval on Saturday night, ... Read more »

Knights beat Eels to seal first NRLW title

Newcastle have capped a remarkable NRLW turnaround, going from wooden spooners to champions in less than a year by claiming their first title with a 32-12 win over Parramatta. The ... Read more »

United edge NBL thriller over Breakers

Melbourne United have survived a major scare from an impressive New Zealand Breakers side to open their 2022/23 NBL campaign with a thrilling 101-97 overtime victory. Sunday's clash at John ... Read more »

Demons crush Dockers with late AFLW blitz

Melbourne have overcome a Kiara Bowers masterclass to post a 30-point AFLW win over Fremantle at Fremantle Oval. Bowers tallied 26 disposals, 12 tackles and a goal to give her ... Read more »

Demon Bedford wants to become a Giant

Uncontracted forward Toby Bedford has rejected Melbourne's contract extension and told the AFL club he wants to join GWS. Bedford was credited with 16 games this season, but eight were ... Read more »

Lions belt Bombers in rebound AFLW win

Brisbane have rebounded hard from last week's upset AFLW loss to Richmond, belting Essendon by 44 points at Moreton Bay. The Bombers did not kick their first score until 13 ... Read more »

Cowboys pact saves Australia more woes

Jeremiah Nanai has revealed how he and best mate Murray Taulagi made a pact to prioritise the Kangaroos and play for Australia together at the Rugby League World Cup. Australia ... Read more »

Lin, Hull tied for LPGA Tour lead

England's Charley Hull and China's Xiyu Lin are tied for the lead after the third round of the LPGA Tour's The Ascendant tournament in Texas. Lin fired a two-under 69 ... Read more »

Forty years of major stadium disasters

Following the death of at least 129 people in a stampede at a football match in the Indonesian province of East Java, here is a look at some of the ... Read more »

Battler Hubbard eyes maiden PGA Tour win

American Mark Hubbard is eyeing a long-awaited maiden PGA Tour victory after seizing a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. The 33-year-old Hubbard reeled ... Read more »

Indonesia soccer riot kills more than 120

At least 129 people have died after police fired tear gas to disperse rioting fans in Indonesia's East Java province. Most of the victims died from a lack of oxygen ... Read more »

How Peter Wynn’s Score became Parramatta’s heartland

In the jubilation of last Friday’s historic preliminary final win against the North Queensland Cowboys, there was one place Parramatta Eels fans knew to go. The long lines that have ... Read more »

Tuivasa-Scheck shuts down NRL return talk

Roger Tuivasa-Scheck has moved to end speculation he could return to the NRL from rugby union. All Blacks great John Kirwan raised the possibility on a New Zealand tv rugby ... Read more »

Napoli keeping up hot pace in Serie A

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa earned notice for his physical presence in the Napoli midfield across 30 matches during his first season on loan from Fulham – without a goal. Ten matches ... Read more »

Mbappe nets winner for PSG over Nice

Kylian Mbappe has scored a late winner as defending champions Paris Saint-Germain edged Nice 2-1 to restore their two-point lead over Marseille in the French league. Mbappe pounced on a ... Read more »

Lewandowski leads Barca to win at Mallorca

Robert Lewandowski has scored again to lead Barcelona's 1-0 win at Mallorca as the Poland newcomer continues destroying defences in the Spanish league. Mallorca tried to keep Barcelona in check ... Read more »

Mansell eyes maiden DP World Tour win

England's Richard Mansell has doubled his lead to four strokes at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by shooting five-under 67 at Carnoustie in the third round. The No. 218-ranked Mansell ... Read more »

AFL contracts: How many list spots your club has going into the trade period

The twists and turns of the trade period are almost upon us and many of the happenings in the next fortnight will shape clubs’ list strategy. Every club bar Gold ... Read more »

Davila grateful for Macarthur's support

After winning the Australia Cup on Saturday Macarthur FC captain Ulises Davila thanked his teammates for supporting his return to football following the death of his wife earlier this year. ... Read more »

Djokovic reaches Tel Aviv final

Novak Djokovic reached his fourth final of the season at the Tel Aviv Open with victory over Roman Safiullin. The former world No.1 resumed his campaign at the Laver Cup ... Read more »

FA condemn Australia Cup fan behaviour

Football Australia say eight fans were thrown out of Saturday's Australia Cup final which was overshadowed by a section of Sydney United 58 fans chanting songs with fascist links. NPL ... Read more »

Arsenal remain top of EPL league

Arsenal retained their place at the top of the Premier League table with a fine north London derby victory over 10-man Tottenham. A rare Thomas Partey strike and goals from ... Read more »

Eels seek 2001-style ambush to win NRL GF

If Parramatta need any additional belief they can cause a grand-final boilover, they may find inspiration from the cruellest day of their 36-year premiership drought. In the 2001 grand final, ... Read more »

Opals hopeful of building on WC success

Australia's women's basketball captain Tess Madgen hopes a strong World Cup campaign has laid the foundations for the rejuvenated side to continue their ascension on the world stage. The Opals ... Read more »

Union keep a grip on Bundesliga lead

Union Berlin suffered a first season defeat on Saturday but retained the Bundesliga lead because Borussia Dortmund also lost a week ahead of their prestigious duel with Bayern Munich. Dortmund ... Read more »

Leclerc takes Singapore Grand Prix pole

Max Verstappen looked on course for pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix when his Red Bull team aborted his lap with just seconds left in qualifying and Ferrari's Charles ... Read more »

Arsenal on top as Tottenham self-destruct

Arsenal meted out their usual punishment to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium with goals by Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka sealing a 3-1 win ... Read more »

Hamilton investigated for jewellery breach

Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was summoned to appear before stewards for a potential jewellery breach ahead of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday. Shortly after third ... Read more »

Kings import delivers against Hawks

The Sydney Kings have survived a dream outing from Illawarra local Lachlan Dent to claim a 106-97 victory and get their NBL title defence to a winning start. Kings import ... Read more »

'A lot of s*** was inaccurate': Kevin Durant slams reporting of his offseason Brooklyn Nets 'trade me or fire the coach' ultimatum and insists he wants to 'move on': 'I still love my teammates... I'm glad I'm here'

Kevin Durant has opened up on his offseason trade drama at the Brooklyn NetsHe insists 'a lot of s*** was inaccurate' and has urged the media to move onDurant reportedly asked to be traded, or for the coach and GM to be firedThe air has been cleared and Durant has opened up on why he opted to stay  Read more »

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea LIVE: Graham Potter takes patched-up side to Selhurst Park for a London derby as he prepares for his first Premier League game as Blues boss

Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for the Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Chelsea.  Source: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea LIVE: Graham Potter takes patched-up side to Selhurst Park for a ... Read more »

Liverpool vs Brighton LIVE: Roberto De Zerbi to take charge of Seagulls for first time, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get back to winning ways... plus all the updates from across the Premier League

Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Brighton.  Source: Liverpool vs Brighton LIVE: Roberto De Zerbi to take charge of Seagulls for first time, as ... Read more »

'Pure leadership!': Arsenal fans hail 'flourishing' Granit Xhaka for pulling Arsenal team-mates together for a huddle to re-focus after Thomas Partey's stunner gives them the lead in the north London derby vs Tottenham

Granit Xhaka has won the praise of Arsenal fans for his display of leadershipThe Swiss midfielder gathered his team-mates after Thomas Partey's openerSupports have taken to Twitter to hail the player who formerly split opinion  Read more »

Fremantle Dockers players, coaches and partners hit the purple carpet in lavish Doig Medal ceremony

Fremantle is celebrating the club’s best season in more than half a decade at Saturday’s lavish Doig Medal ceremony Players, coaches and partners took to the purple carpet for the ... Read more »

Singapore Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Max Verstappen looks to claim pole position to edge closer to his second world title... as off-track drama surrounds whether Lewis Hamilton will be awarded 2021 title!

Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for qualifying updates as the Formula One campaign continues at the Singapore Grand Prix.   Source: Singapore Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Max Verstappen looks to claim pole ... Read more »
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network