Timboon P-12 students were treated to footy royalty on Tuesday with Geelong superstar Gary Ablett Jr in the schoolyard to share his wisdom.
Ablett and Cats youngster Charlie Constable took questions from primary students this morning.
Questions came thick and fast from the enthusiastic students with Ablett revealing former Carlton champion, Chris Judd, was the toughest opponent he had faced.
“I remember what it like was as a kid growing up as a Cats supporter and having Geelong players come to my school,” he said.
“It was pretty special.”
Ablett said the Cats were disappointed with their eighth finish last year and were working on contested work and their defence.
He confirmed he will be playing forward this year and has been training with the club’s forwards during preseason.
The 34-year-old said an elusive third premiership was what motivated him to continue playing football.
“That’s why I still play football,” he said.
“It’s to win premierships.
“I believe we’ve got the team to do it.”
Meanwhile, Constable has yet to play his first game but is confident he can break into the side this year.
The young Cat is from Melbourne but has a country connection with a farm at Fish Creek near Wilsons Promontory.
“I love coming out here,” he said.
“You can see on kids faces how much they enjoy it.”
Timboon grade 4 student Boady Dwyer, 10, was thrilled to meet Ablett who is one of his favourite players.
“I think it’s great,” he said.
Like many of his classmates, Boady took the opportunity to get Ablett’s signature on his Geelong jumper.
Timboon physical education teacher Matt Haugh said the kids were excited to have the players visit.
“It’s fantastic for the students to get this opportunity to see their heroes up-close,” he said.
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