FOOTY’S IN HIS BLOOD

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

Q ATell us a lit­tle bit about your role these days.

I look out for things that are coach­able. A lot of the time I am just look­ing at vi­sion and you only see when the player gets the ball. It is about hav­ing good hands, putting the ball down to your boot prop­erly, play­ing in front. I look at the pos­i­tives. Some­times I will work four hours a day watch­ing vi­sion, some days it is 10 hours. I want us to go well as a club.

Stan Judkins, your dad, won the Brown­low Medal in 1930 and played in two AFL pre­mier­ships, in 1932 and 1934. What was it like grow­ing up with a star of the game as your old man?

Dad was five foot and nine stone nine. He played on the wing. Dad (above) was su­per fast but I never saw him play in per­son. They used to call him ‘The Tin Hare’. He al­ways played on the grand­stand side be­cause he was a show­man. They used to sing a song for him and it went: ‘Num­ber six is Judkins, isn’t he a flyer, he runs so fast, some­times he sets the grass on fire.’ Dad was a men­tor for Jack Dyer when he was young.

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