Lap of honour for Cats greats

Gary Ablett and Harry Taylor after Geelong's semi-final win against Brisbane last year. (Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

By Luke Voogt

Cats fans will get a final chance to farewell retired champions Gary Ablett and Harry Taylor when Geelong takes on North Melbourne on Sunday.

Ablett and Taylor will return to GMHBA Stadium with their children for a lap of honour in front of the Cats faithful before the bounce at 4.40pm.

Eight-time All-Australian Ablett won two Brownlow Medals and two premierships, and kicked 445 goals, in his illustrious 357-game career at Geelong and Gold Coast.

Known widely as ‘The Little Master’, he often features in discussions on the greatest of all time to play the game, alongside father Gary Ablett Senior.

Two-time All-Australian and dual premiership winner Harry Taylor stands out as one of the best defenders of his era, if not all-time.

He played 280 games for Geelong, occasionally kicking goals as a pinch-hitting forward, and was loved and respected as a quirky character at the Cats.

Like Ablett, he retired after Geelong’s 2020 grand final loss to Richmond.

Geelong Cats encouraged supporters to be seated by 4pm to thank two players “who gave so much to the blue and white hoops over their decorated careers”.