Jack jumps to big time

EXCITING TALENT: Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard in action at Wimbledon this week. Picture: GETTY
EXCITING TALENT: Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard in action at Wimbledon this week. Picture: GETTY

KA: It is fantastic to see former Kyneton and Bendigo Bombers forward Jack Redpath make his debut this Sunday. 

Redpath has impressed Bulldogs selectors and will make his debut against the Cats. 

It is a great achievement for him, especially after suffering two knee reconstructions. 

ND: Jack may be the strong-marking forward the Bulldogs' fans have been crying out for all season.

Watched Jumping Jack play for the Bulldogs against Bendigo Gold under the QEO lights earlier this season. 

Jack kicked three goals and competed well in a lot of marking contests as the Dogs dominated that VFL match.

Strong links to Bendigo footy within the Bulldogs attack to play Geelong as Stewart Crameri, Maryborough; Jake Stringer, Eaglehawk; and now Jack Redpath, Kyneton have kicked on to the big league.

KA: Hopefully Jack can have a good game and keep his spot in the young side. 

The Dogs have played some exciting games over the past couple of weeks. 

Even though it is hard to say, they did deserve to beat my Pies a few rounds ago, and they won against  the Demons in what was a thrilling finish. 

They have unearthed a new cult hero down at Whitten Oval. 

Marcus Bontempelli has almost single handedly won the Dogs' past two games.

ND: Luke Dahlhaus is No. 1 in the cult hero stakes at the Doggies, but Bontempelli's play, especially the snapshot from the pocket against the Demons proves he is going to be a player to watch as the seasons roll on.

Massive test for the Dogs this week at Geelong.

The Cats are rarely beaten on their turf.

Maybe Western Bulldogs' coach Brendan McCartney will use the giant-killing run of Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon to inspire his line-up.

What a run by Kyrgios at the All-England Club.

It's been a long time since I've watched a young gun, especially in the men's draw, play with such flair and poise on the big points.

KA: He has a fearless attitude. 

The Aussie teenager won a lot of fans across the globe with how he played over the past two weeks at Wimbledon. 

Kyrgios played extremely well, against some highly ranked opponents. 

Wimbledon was a breakout tournament for him. Let's hope he continues to rise to the challenge throughout the rest of the tennis season. 

If he does then Australian tennis will be in good hands. 

ND: It was not so long ago we were raving about Bernard Tomic and how he may be the "next big thing".

Not a lot has gone right for Bernie, on or off court in recent years.

Bernie still has all the skills, but has disappointed at times with his fade-outs in sets, and eventually the match.

It's all shaping up to be a Federer-Djokovic final.

Great to see some young stars such as Eugenie Bouchard and Lucie Safarova through to the women's semi-finals. 

KA: Petra Kvitova is the only remaining female to have won a slam before so she will be tough to beat, but the Canadian, Eugenie Bouchard has also had a dream run to the semi-final. 

But anything could happen. 

ND: My tip is a Kvitova-Bouchard final and a win for the Canadian.

Superb effort by Canada's No.1, Milos Raonic to be the first man from his country to reach the Wimbledon semis in 106 years.

Next up, Federer.


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