AFLPA Legends Series: JTH chats with Luke Ablett

Terrific to meet Luke Ablett and have a chat (as part of the AFL Players’ Association Legends series).

Lots of questions raised in this.

You don’t need to sit with Luke Ablett for very long to learn that he is a man with a strong sense of identity: family, place, education, football, club. He has an intellectual curiosity, a sense of conscience and a will to social action.

See what you think.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. What an interesting bloke. Great interview JTH.

  2. I enjoyed viewing this interview, I remember, like any footy follower would, that misplaced kick but I found Luke’s comments on his game in general that day interesting as well.

    All said, this is sort of interview which gives the listener the human side of the story. Well done both interviewer and interviewee

  3. Steve Fahey says

    Nice work JTH.

    Rohan Connolly’s piece on Luke’s work post-footy, including working for a NGO in Port Vila, was in my view the most interesting footy-related piece of 2014. See for that article.

    The AFL and AFLPA could benefit greatly by highlighting the lives of the likes of Luke Ablett – not the most talented player you’ve seen (I was going to say not the biggest name in footy, but that would only be half right !) but a balanced, intelligent and articulate individual who has gone on to both develop himself and help others and society. All praise to him.

  4. Skip of Skipton says

    Like Ross Lyon, I am also an Ablett-ophile.

    Luke, like his dad Kevin, wasn’t the most skilled of the family, but was as honest and tough as they come. I remember a big 50m set-shot goal he sunk in the ’03 prelim against Brisbane. That announced him as a player.

    I loved how, as an Ablett, an AFL career was an option, not a dream.

  5. jan courtin says

    Loved this interview. Intelligent answers to intelligent questions. Maybe footy players are prevented from airing their political and social views during their playing days, but we don’t hear enough about their other involvements off the field. How refreshing it was also to read Rohan Connolly’s article last year about Luke and his beliefs: environmental matters, social justice and feminist issues – the real things of life, although, footy’s right up there!

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