Sport Blues alive after running down Pies in AFL
AFL debut finally arrives for prodigious teen
The Western Bulldogs have finally made the call to blood No.1 2020 draft pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan in the AFL. Fascinatingly, the 18-year-old key forward will get his first shot on the AFL stage against the legend he's repeatedly been compared to, Sydney superstar Lance Franklin.Ugle-Hagan will run out for his AFL debut as the first-placed Bulldogs clash with the Swans at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.A spot in the Dogs' forward line has opened up for the 197-centimetre spearhead after Aaron Naughton was forced into the AFL's 12-day concussion protocol period.
Carlton have kept their slim AFL finals hopes alive with a stirring come-from-behind win over traditional rivals Collingwood, prevailing by 29 points at the MCG.
Sam Walsh, Matthew Kennedy and Paddy Dow stood up in the absence of injured co-captain Patrick Cripps to help fire the Blues to a 13.13 (91) to 9.8 (62) victory in front of empty stands.
They had trailed by four goals before halftime but kicked nine of the last 10 majors, including six unanswered in the final term, to steamroll the lowly Magpies.
Dogs urged to pick Ugle-Hagan or risk losing him
Ross Lyon has urged Luke Beverdige to stop playing hardball and give No.1 pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan his AFL debut.Ugle-Hagan was one of the more hyped prospects going into the 2020 draft where he was the first name called out, earning comparisons to Swans star Lance Franklin.
Walsh was best afield with 38 disposals and five clearances and kicked a crucial final-quarter goal.
The brilliant third-year midfielder brushed off a John Noble tackle and stepped inside Jack Crisp before slamming the ball on his boot under pressure.
It sailed through, putting the Blues 13 points clear and sparking wild celebrations among Walsh's teammates.
Eddie Betts (two goals) had put Carlton in front for the first time moments earlier and key forward Harry McKay thrust himself into the game with four crucial goals in the final term.
The Coleman Medal leader had been kept scoreless by Jordan Roughead to three-quarter time.
Jordan De Goey, Taylor Adams and Brodie Grundy were in the thick of the action for Collingwood and emerging star Oliver Henry finished with three goals.
Qld edge NSW in Origin III, avoid sweep
Queensland have claimed a 20-18 win on the Gold Coast in State of Origin III to deny NSW a clean sweep, as the Blues took out the series 2-1.The Maroons won 20-18 at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, rallying after losing the lead early in the first half then defending their line as the Blues looked set to break their hearts at the death.
But the Magpies were listless in the final term in a complete form reversal from the previous week, when they overran Richmond late in the piece.
Two set-shot goals from fifth-gamer Henry - the 18-year-old's first two majors in senior football - had helped give the Magpies ascendancy in the opening quarter.
Players from both sides were in the wars before halftime, with Collingwood losing Josh Thomas (concussion) after a head clash with teammate Darcy Cameron.
Carlton's Jack Newnes (back) and high-priced recruits Adam Saad (ankle) and Zac Williams (side) all required treatment on injuries but were cleared to carry on.
Taylor Adams also copped friendly fire from Jamie Elliott and hurt his neck but completed the game.
There was a touching tribute from Jack Silvagni to his late grandfather and club legend Sergio Silvagni, who died during the week, when he pointed to the heavens after a strong mark and goal during the second term.
Silvagni evoked memories of his high-flying father Stephen with a huge ride on Isaac Quaynor's back in the final quarter, hauling in a mark-of-the-year contender.
AFL players keen to push on with season .
The AFL Players' Association and GWS coach Leon Cameron have backed the league's call to push on with the season rather than bring forward the pre-finals bye.A day out from round 19, challenges keep mounting for the AFL to continue the competition and crown a premiership winner on September 25 as planned.