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No bittersweet feeling for Judd

By Roger Vaughan 24/09/2005 09:16:29 PM Comments (0)

There was no bittersweet feeling for West Coast midfielder Chris Judd after he won the Norm Smith Medal as best afield in Saturday's AFL grand final.

"It's just a bitter feeling - our job today was to come and win the grand final," he said.

"We didn't do that, so that's very disappointing for everyone."

Judd had a game-high 29 disposals as Sydney beat the Eagles by four points in a classic grand final.

Last year's Brownlow Medallist polled 11 votes out of a possible 30 from five media judges to win the prestige medal.

Sydney's Nic Fosdike was second with six votes.

Judd joins Richmond midfielder Maurice Rioli (1982), Geelong legend Gary Ablett (1989) and Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley (2002) as losing Norm Smith Medallists.

Judd had nine touches on the luckless Luke Ablett in the first 20 minutes and when that matchup did not work, Sydney put Jared Crouch on him for much of the rest of the game.

When asked if he would rather not have won the medal, Judd replied: "It's just neutral - I wanted to win a premiership medal and I didn't do that, so that's disappointing."

Judd shook hands with South Melbourne's triple Brownlow Medallist Bob Skilton on the ground after the match.

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