Ablett gamble in Las Vegas?
Saturday, October 22 2005 @ 12:36 am ACST
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
Melbourne newspaper the 'Herald Sun' reported on October 19th that Michael Ablett (relative of the famous AFL family) is moving to the US with his fiancée whom he will marry next year. Included in the report is a suggestion that he will coach fledgling US Footy club the Las Vegas Gamblers who are yet to play an official match.
The 24 year old took out the (VFL club) Frankston Dolphins' Best and Fairest this year for the fourth time. He previously played for the Stingrays in the VSFL Under 18 competition and had a season on the North Melbourne Kangaroos rookie list. Just one step away from AFL football.
World Footy News contacted Jeremiah Cain from the Gamblers who confirmed that while he had been in contact with Ablett, there was no discussion on what role he would fill at the club. Cain also knew nothing of the article’s suggestion that he was being sought out to coach the US national team. It is hoped that the addition of Ablett to the Las Vegas footy scene can bring more players out of the woodwork as the current player list after early recruiting efforts has not yet cracked double figures.
Jeremiah and the other co-founders are all from the States. He first played in Dallas in 2004, when "one of my co-workers was carrying around a footy and I asked him what that was. He invited me out to a training session and I fell in love with the sport."
In their first year they're just hoping to grow their player base to allow 12-a-side scrimmages (practices). The toughest part has been getting people to commit to the team and get them passionate about it. Maybe with a gun Australian player headed their way a few more Aussies will turn out to help get them going.
More information on the Gamblers can be found at www.lasvegasgamblers.net