Kedge dims Sun

It’s not often a player considers keeping his opponent to 25 possessions and two goals a victory. But it’s not every week you come up against one of the game’s greatest-ever players, Gary Ablett.

Young Crow Sam Kerridge had the unenviable job of trying to nullify Ablett at Adelaide Oval on Sunday. The task was so great, Crows coach Brenton Sanderson revealed he had a plan A, B, C and D for stopping the Gold Coast superstar. But Sanderson didn’t have to worry about his fall back options – plan A worked a treat.

Kerridge wore the two-time Brownlow Medallist like a glove, denying him time and space with the ball. In typical fashion, Ablett got away a few times to kick two classy first-half goals but his impact on the game was below his brilliant best. Sanderson described Kerridge’s negating role as “influential” in Adelaide’s 32-point win.

Kerridge said the Suns skipper kept him on his toes the entire game.

“He (Ablett) has a great ability to keep his feet at the contest. He’s always on the move, which means I have to concentrate all the time. If I’m not on my guard, I’ve lost him and once he’s gone he’s going to rack up possessions,” Kerridge said after the game.

“He’s the best at it (getting the ball) and has been for a number of years. He’s just a great player.

“It was great to play on him today. I loved it.”

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