More heart, more soul, more tenacity was shown in the match Carlton vs Adelaide, and it was a sheer joy to watch. Yes, we lost the game, yes we lost for the season, hopefully not his career, the magnificent Chris Judd, but what we gained, what the players gained was respect.
Let's start at the beginning where we gained back the mighty Matt Kreuzer and mighty he was. To see the big man back, the gentle giant of the club, was fan-bloody-tastic. Standing behind the goal posts when he scored his first goal after being away for a while, brought the Cheer Squad to their feet. For the first time this season true supporters felt a positivity that had been missing for a while, creep back into the players. HIs presence was felt everywhere on the field and the chant of "Kroooz" was heard around the ground. The only downside, and I am saying the only downside was the exit after 13 minute of the first quarter of Chris Judd, an astounding player no matter which team you support.
His exit of the game, hopefully not his final exit to the game, meant that the team was down by one rotation. This did not deter them or make them buckle under the pressure, as they had done before, no, they stood up and made their presence known. Even the Adelaide coach said at his press conference that Adelaide were not celebrating, they nearly got beaten and if Juddy hadn't gone down, he was sure they would have lost. This is a tremendous positive statement on the way that Carlton played on Saturday, a tremendous one and something that should not be downplayed because we lost. We didn't. Yes, we missed out on the 4 points, but after a tumultuous start to a season, the boys played with a heart and soul that had not been seen so far. The scoreboard showed it.
Yes they lost, yes we lost Judd, but what we, the true supporters who have stuck by the team no matter what, saw a spark that had been missing and for some, including myself, it made us all choke up a bit. This team has a heart, soul and tenacity that was shown where it counted, on the field at game day.
The loss of Judd for the season, will not hurt the club as such on field, because on Saturday it showed that with this spark bag in the bellies of the players, a win will be achieved. That is what a club, any club understands that you cannot win a match based on one player. But if Judd does decide to hang up the boots, what it will hurt for the club is the fact that they will have lost a player and a person who every young player should try to emulate. I hope all goes well and he recovers quickly and decides to take on the game for one more year. His mind-set when playing and in his professional life, will be something the young players would look up to, and that in itself will only benefit the team, as every player wants to play like Judd.