Len Ablett

Len Ablett

Date of Birth: 10/05/1916
Height: 184 cm ( 6-1/2 )
Weight: 87 kg ( 13-10 )
Guernsey: 3
Debut: 22/04/1939 , Round 1 , Melbourne
Last Game: 25/09/1943 , Round GF , Essendon

Seasons: 1939-43
Total Games: 70
Total Goals: 5

Honours: Premiership 1943

Seasons: 1939-41 , 1943 & 1945
Total Games: 22
Total Goals: 9


Len first trained with Richmond on 14 March 1939 and came to the club as a tall centre half-back from Myrtleford. He was signed by the club towards the end of the month after a strong showing in Richmond's practice match on March 25. - "He possess everything that goes to make a champion except polish and he should quickly gain this at Punt Road"

Len spent the majority of his football career with Myrtleford. For most of his career he played at centre half-back. Len was a handy utility player when he joined Richmond in 1939 and reined until 1943 when his last game was as 19th man for the 1943 Premiership side. He then returned to Myrtleford where he played until the age of 37. In 1946 whilst playing-coach of the Myrtleford Wanderers, he kicked 108 goals for the season including 16 against Eldorado and 17 against Tarrawingee. His side went on to win the Premiership. Len later became Senior Vice President of the Ovens and Murray Football League. He also served as President of the Myrtleford Football Club for 20 years where he is a Life Member and has the pavilion at Myrtleford name in his honour. While Len was playing with Richmond he served in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and on his return to the country, he worked on the family farm. He is the uncle of Geoff, Kevin and Gary Ablett Senior.

Myrtleford Wanderers 1932
Myrtleford 1933-38

Myrtleford Wanderers 1945-46 (The Ovens and King League went into recess from 1942-1944) , Including 1932 Games 45 , Goals 151 ( Honours - Captain/Coach Premiership 1945-46 , Competition Leading Goalkicker 1946 , 108 Goals ) ;

Myrtleford 1947-53. (Capt (Best and Fairest 1950). (352 games across all levels of Myrtleford) (President 21 years) Hall of Fame 2006

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