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Blues give Judd well-earned rest

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CARLTON will rest skipper Chris Judd for Sunday's game against Greater Western Sydney, with key forward Jarrad Waite also a chance to miss the game against the AFL's 18th club.

The Blues, who will confirm their team today at match committee, have long planned to give their champion skipper a rest during the season in order to keep him fresh and allow his body to recover.

A number of Carlton players pulled up sore from the game against Fremantle in Perth, but are understood to be keen to take on the fledgling Giants at Etihad Stadium and maintain their form and momentum.

Carlton skipper Chris Judd.

Carlton skipper Chris Judd. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

It is only older players, such as Judd and Waite, who come into the frame for a week off against the Giants, with the rest of Carlton's elite players expected to play, including Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Matthew Kreuzer and Michael Jamison.

Waite, 29, has had a number of injuries in recent years and the Blues are mindful of both his structural importance as the club's premier tall forward and of the need to protect his sometimes fragile body.

Jamison, far from needing to rest his body, needs further matches to condition himself better, having missed the NAB Cup and the season's opening two rounds.

The Blues' Jarrad Waite.

The Blues' Jarrad Waite. Photo: Paul Rovere

Kade Simpson is among the older Blues, but is scheduled to play his 150th consecutive game for Carlton and has been in outstanding touch.

Simpson already holds the record for a games streak by a Carlton player, having not missed since round 15, 2005, though club great Bruce Doull would have played 160 consecutively if he had not been compelled to play state football in 1976.

Ruckman Robbie Warnock has played two games in the VFL and will be pushing for selection soon.

Judd, 28, has played 93 of a possible 97 games since he crossed from West Coast to join Carlton at the end of 2007. He was among seven Blues to play all 24 games for the club last year. Murphy, Simpson, Heath Scotland, Jeff Garlett, Eddie Betts and Andrew Walker also played every game in 2011.

The trend of resting players has become more pronounced in a response to the heavy toll the game exacts on players' bodies.

Many clubs target games against the new expansion teams as opportune times to give key older players a week off, albeit the Blues will otherwise pick a very strong side and will emphasise that they need to maintain their intensity against the youthful Giants.

Geelong took the practice of resting veterans to unprecedented levels in last year's premiership season. The Cats did not have a single player who played each of their 25 matches, in what has set a template for the better teams.

8 comments so far

  • A well-earned rest?? The season's only been going five rounds!

    Commenter
    Mike
    Location
    Carnegie
    Date and time
    May 03, 2012, 9:21AM
    • Weak! Typical Carlton arrogance.. It's ok though he'll still win 3 Brownlow votes.

      Commenter
      Mr T06
      Date and time
      May 03, 2012, 1:46PM
    • @Mr T06;
      I was going to say that!!!

      Commenter
      Rick
      Location
      Somewhere North of Arden Street
      Date and time
      May 03, 2012, 2:13PM
  • As a Saints supporter this is bad news!

    Commenter
    Stuart
    Location
    Parkville
    Date and time
    May 03, 2012, 10:45AM
    • Juddy's 28 and they are playing GWS. Rest him I say. They will thump them anyway!

      Commenter
      azzaman
      Date and time
      May 03, 2012, 10:51AM
      • Carlton could play lying in beanbags & banana-lounges and still get over the line.

        Commenter
        Banana bender
        Location
        Tahiti
        Date and time
        May 03, 2012, 11:29AM
        • Seriously the Blues should rest more players and bring in McLean, Ellard, Bower, Thornton, those guys deserve to put in a good show in the 1sts, especially after they got mangalated by Port Melbourne in the VFL. At least that way those boys get a fair go, and matchwinners like Judd, Waite, Murphy, Scotland and even Garlett can get a rest. Also be good to bring Warnock in, as he's a really good ruckman.

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          Azza Gazza
          Location
          Lysterfield
          Date and time
          May 03, 2012, 1:55PM
          • Well earned rest? Just shielding him from the publicity around his more than questionable gambling investment. If there is nothing "off" about this, then why try to hide it? Good test for the regulators to show what they are made of..

            Commenter
            Daishu
            Date and time
            May 03, 2012, 2:25PM

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