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Judd has 'tinge' of sympathy for Eagles

By Tim Clarke 03/05/2008 12:11:35 PM Comments (0)

Carlton skipper Chris Judd has admitted to feeling a tinge of sympathy for his bereft former club, but did not try and hide his pleasure at plunging West Coast further into the mire with a 37-point victory.

The superstar Brownlow medallist put the hype and hyperbole surrounding his return to West Coast to one side as he played an integral part in Carton's first win in Perth for seven years Friday night.

And admitting to an unusual level of nerves before collecting 24 possessions and two scoring assists in the 17.9 (111) to 10.14 (74) win, the former Eagle said a strange night had ended in ideal fashion.

"People were talking to me during the week saying 'you're going to feel strange' and I generally thought I wouldn't think so," Judd said.

"But today I was very nervous about it and it was a strange feeling to come out here.

"Every time a West Coast runner would run by with the drink bottles I kept thinking I should grab one off him. It was [a] different [feeling] but we got a win and I'm just rapt about it."

Battling with Adam Selwood all night, Judd took until the fourth quarter to completely break the shackles - with a trademark bursting clearance setting up Bryce Gibbs for the sealer.

That late flurry came after a mixed reaction from the Subiaco crowd, with Judd saying he had not built himself up for any adverse reaction on or off the field.

"I never really go into games with preconceived views about what's going to happen. If you work yourself up expecting a lot of push and shove and if it doesn't eventuate, sometimes you're a bit let down and the reverse is also true," Judd said.

"So I just go into games with an open mind and be prepared for whatever comes my way.

"He (Selwood) did a good job, he was disciplined tonight and we had a good battle."

Judd's icing on the Carlton cake consigned the Eagles to their sixth straight loss, which gave the Eagles former club champion some cause for sympathy.

"A lot of them are good mates and they're obviously going through a lean patch and I certainly feel for them," Judd said.

"But they're all big boys and I'm certain they'll bounce back."

Far from being a one-man show, Carlton had dominant contributors all over, with Andrew Carrazzo the star with a remarkable 42 possessions.

And after four first half goals, Brendan Fevola's dual personality shone through with a swinging arm to Selwood's stomach flooring the Eagle in the last term and likely to bring match review panel attention.

Despite that blemish, Blues coach Brett Ratten said the way his side responded to a second half Eagles fightback was as pleasing as the way they built a 50-point lead in the first place.

"We know that John Worsfold teams will come out swinging and scratching if they're going to go down and to their credit, they got right back into the game," Ratten said.

"So I thought it was just outstanding for a young team to be nearly headed in the last quarter and to fight back and get a victory by close to six goals."

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