Kolodjashnij gets rising star nod as Ablett cleared

THEY were already celebrating their fifth-straight win and first appearance in the AFL top four, but the SUNS received even more good news yesterday.

Captain Gary Ablett has been cleared by the Match Review Panel for an apparent elbow to the head of a Western Bulldogs player during Sunday’s win at Metricon Stadium.

“Contact between the Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett and the Western Bulldogs’ Liam Picken from the second quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed,” the Match Review Panel said.


“After viewing all available footage and with the MRP conducting an investigation into the matter, it was the view of the panel the contact made to the body was below that required to constitute a reportable offence.”

It means he remains in the hunt for a third Brownlow Medal.

However, in some not so great news, the SUNS website reports, Tom Lynch has been charged with a First Offence for Making Negligent Contact with an Umpire.

A first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire is a $1200 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $900 sanction.

The SUNS were then buoyed by the selection of youngster Kade Kolodjashnij as the Round 10 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

In the Gold Coast’s 45-point win over the Bulldogs the 18-year-old gathered 21 possessions, four marks and two tackles.

He is currently ranked first in kicks and disposals per game amongst the players eligible for this year’s NAB AFL Rising Star.

Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna said Kade has made an immediate impact at the club since his arrival during the pre-season.

“Kade just looks so comfortable with the pace of the game. We have blooded a number of debutants in our four years in the competition and Kade has found his feet and made an impact at senior level like few players before him,” McKenna said.

“What stood out as soon as he arrived at the club was just how calm and composed Kade is. We are looking forward to Kade finishing off the rest of 2014 the way he has started it.”