Bank takes Gary Ablett Snr to court over mortgage default
Gary Ablett Snr with Geelong teammates Michael Mansfield and Garry Hocking at the MCG in 1994. Originally filed: 26-09-1994 Photo: Ray Kennedy
Former champion AFL forward Gary Ablett Snr is being sued for defaulting on his mortgage repayments regarding two units in the Geelong suburb of Grovedale.
In a writ lodged in the Victorian Supreme Court, Westpac Bank claims Ablett owes more than $186,000 because of his failure to pay the mortgage for the units in Meadowvale Drive, which he bought in 2003.
Ablett — a four-time All Australian player, AFL Hall of Fame inductee, and all-time goal-kicking record-holder for the Geelong Football Club — took out a loan with the bank for $172,500.00, after agreeing to make regular repayments including interest, the writ states.
But the bank claims he "failed, refused and/or neglected top pay" the repayments in accordance with the agreement prior to January 23 this year, and for seven days after.
As at April 23, Westpac claims it was owed $186,098.46.
The bank is seeking damages and costs as well as possession of the two units.
Ablett retired from Aussie Rules in 1997 having played 248 of a possible 377 games.
The writ is the latest of several off-field controversies Ablett has been involved in.
In 1990 he was placed on a $10,000 good behaviour bond after he pleaded guilty to repeatedly hitting a man he found sitting in a car with his estranged wife.
A decade later, Ablett was in a hotel room with a 19-year-old Geelong woman, Alicia Horan, when she died of a drug overdose.
He later admitted to providing her with the drugs, which he said he also took with her. He was charged with four drug offences to which he pleaded guilty and was convicted and fined $1500.
More recently, in mid-2006, Ablett was allegedly assaulted at 11.15pm while browsing through a car yard in Fyans Street, South Geelong.
His alleged attacker, 31-year-old Geelong man Vyasa Ofthesea, was charged in relation to the alleged assault, but died the day before he was due to appear before a court to defend the charges.