Bendigo's Judd Ipsen in the running to meet Carlton namesake 

BENDIGO’S Judd Ipsen is hoping he’ll get to meet his idol and namesake, Chris Judd, when the Carlton Football Club star comes to Bendigo on a team trip next week.

The seven-year-old, who proudly dons the number five on the back of his Blues jumper, has entered  the Bendigo Advertiser’s competition to win a backyard kick-to-kick with Judd and Marc Murphy.

With goal posts already put up in his front yard, Judd junior is hoping his name will be picked when the winner is drawn at Carlton’s free super clinic at the QEO on Thursday, February 7.

The Carlton team will visit Bendigo next Thursday and Friday as part of the AFL’s community camps.

The Blues will visit schools and hospitals and players will attend a gala function at the All Seasons Hotel on Thursday night.

Judd’s father, Steve Ipsen, said his son wasn’t named after the Carlton captain but the spelling was inspired by him.

“My brother Justin was nicknamed Jud so we always liked it,” he said. “Jud looked like a nickname so we added an extra “d” like the spelling of Chris Judd, and it was very fortuitous he came to Carlton a few years later.”

To enter into the competition to host Judd, Murphy and one other Carlton player for breakfast and a backyard kick on Friday morning, February 8, see the entry form on Page 65.

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