Why Eagles fans will never forgive Judd
Eagles win, Carlton in the bin. That man about town, that prematurely bald icon, that TRAITOR! That is how Chris Judd was greeted in Perth last night.
Judd took his trophy wife and his bald head to Carlton several seasons back now and the Eagles faithful have yet to forgive.
Carlton have done very little and the Eagles are building as top four material for the next three to five years.
That is grist for the mill for Judd, but smirk stuff for the Eagles hierarchy. They still smart at Judd leaving in the midst of the Eagles darkest hour.
They know that Judd is your corporate footballer. The bankable, marketable captain with the quick feet. But a pair of plodders, no names in Melbourne town maybe, made Judd look silly last night.
That’s how the Eagles like it. That’s how John Worsfold likes it. One on one, show me how you can compete, and just remember we have four players of All Australian quality to come back into this team.
These Eagles kids are blue collar, not white collar Lygon Street coffee bar frequenters.
This is the land of sun, storms, sand and sea – and the Dockers might not be as tough as real wharfies, but the Eagles are.
This was not vintage Eagles getting back on top of the ladder. And Worsfold is mindful that teams like Collingwood, Sydney, Hawthorn, Adelaide and even Geelong are building.
But he can send mobile battering rams like Hams, Selwood, Shuey and others out there and watch them manage the game, something other teams can’t do.
Not that they are impregnable. Far from it. Take Naitanui out of this team and the weight of ball going into the Eagles backline would see them lose a lot of games. He actually was the difference between winning and losing tonight, and should he ever go down, West Coast will struggle more than the faithful think.
Tonight they kicked something like 20 behinds. And there is a very, uncorporate, unprofessional, loose, irresponsible, uncultured, undisciplined, non-wet weather approach to set shots and clear open goal shots which the Eagles might have turned into a 50 point win on another day.
Josh Hill is a prime offender. He is the only half smart Eagle. He should be averaging three or four goals a game with the space he gets.
But it was wet and slippery, so we’ll take that as read and congratulate the fly boys on win number nine and top position on the AFL heap.