Fearless 2015 Rd 10: Juddy, like Schimma 30 years ago, injury brings untimely end

Cloaked in a Sandgroper jumper, the Tigers stormed the Fyfedom in Perth to record a meritorious win. A blitzing 8 goal start and 7’s callers said a Freo comeback was on. A 3-tall forward line of Riewoldt, Griffiths and Vickery coupled with a prolific Neck Tatts and a destabilising injury to Freo’s last tall defender Johnson. Tigers by 27pts.

Whatever Carlton had hoped to achieve from Chris Judd’s resigning came crashing down to earth with his ACL on Saturday against the Crows at the G. Strangely the Blues were still combative and Adelaide were never out of danger. Young Blues Cripps and Graham were well led by Murphy. Carlton competitive but Crows by 9pts.

Swans headed to Club Metricon to continue the party that had seen young Sunnyboys Dixon and Martin stood down for indulging viniculture, rather than enforcing club culture. Sydney set the example for the Sunnyboys who melted under the pressure of playing a good team. Swans 52, Buddy, Tippo 3 each. Goodes booed.

The Bombers hosted Geelong fresh from a pantsing at the hands of the Eagles. The Cats proceeded to pants the Bombers, restricting Essendon to 0.6 by ½ time. Maybe Hirdy’s right and the cloud of WADA lingers on over the Bomber players. Or maybe Geelong just wanted it more. A 69pt Cats win – Stevie J, Tomahawk, Motlop 4 each.

Bevo’s Bulldogs nearly stole a march on the Power at Adelaide Oval trailing by 10 pts at the last break. Unfortunately the Power had a 6.0 to 1.2 last qtr and that made the final result of 38pts look a bit more lopsided than the game might otherwise have been. Wingard and Wines led the Power surge. Boak and Gray on hand to assist.

Brisbane headed to Western Sydney to tackle the Giants on the rebound. Two giants of the game GWS’ Mumford and Lions’ Martin took each other on to provide the respective advantage. The edge in class saw the GWS maintain the lead for most of the game. Injuries have cruelled the Lions in 2015. D. Beams, Bewick 3. GWS 30pts.

North headed south to Hobart to host the eastbound West Coast. A photo-negative of the usual vision, the conditions were blustery and dark after half time. The Roos were desperate for a win and thru Higgins, Ziebell and Ben Brown managed to hold off the gale which may have impacted the Eagles’ goal kicking accuracy. Roos 10pts.

From about half time in the Hawks-Saints game the gulf in class was apparent. Hawks’ led by 35pts and whatever gains the Saints had made in 2015, the Hawks’ forward setup was still too accomplished. Caitlyn Bruce kicked 2, as did Savage and Sinclair for the Saints, but the Hawks had too many guns all over the park. Hawks 63.


Queen’s Birthday Monday sees an annual fixture of Melbourne and Collingwood at the G. For a change it was a game worthy of the day’s monopoly. As was the Freeze as part of the buildup. 25pts was the margin and Dees coach Roos lamented his side’s collective hearing. Oxley intercepting, but Cloke’s 7.0 won the Pies the game.

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