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Boo Gary at your own peril

Chris Scott post-match (R5) Round Five - Geelong v Hawthorn at the MCG
Gary Ablett and Gary Rohan celebrate a goal. - Geelong Cats,Gary Ablett,Patrick Dangerfield,Chris Scott
Gary Ablett and Gary Rohan celebrate a goal.

That's the message from Chris Scott and Patrick Dangerfield after the Little Master starred amid a bellowing of jeers from Hawthorn fans in Geelong's 23-point win on Easter Monday.

Ablett shut out the noise in his three-goal, 23-disposal outing that included a match-high eight inside 50s and a two-minute passage of brilliance in the second term.

Emulating his famous father, Ablett pulled down a screamer deep in attack and converted at the city end of the MCG, before kicking another dribbling goal on the outside of his right boot.

Speaking after the game, Scott urged rival fans to try the tactic on Ablett in future weeks.

"Good players get booed, it seems to be a trend," Scott said.

"I don't think anyone really likes it do they, but does anyone really care that much?

"Gaz doesn't.

"It just kept going and going (all day), when you boo players and they keep getting the ball, keep booing them, it's working.

"I say I don't want to individualise, but Gary Ablett's contest for a 35-year-old, that was a pretty special game, we thought.

"He rarely got the ball gift-wrapped, he had to go and win it and just looked dangerous all the time.

"It was a big mark, I haven't seen him take too many hangers."


Dangerfield, who spent large periods of the game as the Cats' deepest forward, was left to laugh at the outcome of the booing directed at the modern-day great.

"You can boo him as much as you like when he's kicking goals on the outside of his boot from 50m or taking screamers in the pocket and snapping," he said.

"It's hilarious, really.

"What we've found, (like West Coast's) Andrew Gaff a few weeks (ago), booing does not work.

"Players don't care, they embrace it. The real good ones just feed off it and Gaz did today."

Ablett spent the week in the headlines, addressing his religious stance after 'liking' a controversial post from rugby union player Israel Folau on Instagram.

"I don't think so," Scott said when asked whether the social media activity was linked to the booing.

"I spoke to him about it (his social media response) for 30 seconds or so and I'm not a social media participant at all, but his post was shown to me.

"If he said, 'I love all people', I think that says it, doesn't it?"

Meanwhile, Tom Hawkins could come under Match Review scrutiny after an off-the-ball incident where he made contact to James Sicily left the Hawks defender grounded momentarily in the final term.

Scott also added:
- The decision to throw Joel Selwood into the midfield after half-time, collecting five third-quarter clearances, was due to Brandan Parfitt's "minor quad strain" ruling him out of the contest.

- Spearhead Hawkins, who was held to one goal by Sicily, missed training throughout the week as he spent time with his ill daughter.

- Zach Tuohy's AFL return from a knee injury that allowed him to play three quarters in the VFL on Saturday would come in the next fortnight. "If not this week I'd say next," he said.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs