Posted by: jkirkby8712 | March 18, 2012

Friday, 16th March 2012 – the Archibald Prize [for portraits]

A bit of an unusual sleep/lie-n this morning, not very late, but more so than usual [useful, after initially thinking I would be in the dental chair at 8am!]. In fact, I went up to the radio station at around 10am for one or two admin and finance matters – pleased to find the people I wanted to see, were available today.

Meanwhile, a little weekly report from the Blues!! Carlton will use its fourth NAB Cup match, this Sunday against North Melbourne at Visy Park, as final preparation for season 2012.  Captain Chris Judd will lead the team again this week and, with the return of Murphy, Gibbs, Kreuzer, Scotland, Simpson, Carrazzo, Betts and Garlett, who all missed last week’s game in Maroochydore, it will be Judd’s first game alongside these established senior players in 2012.  Joining Judd for his second game of the pre-season will be Jarrad Waite. However both Andrew Walker and Nick Duigan, who played against Brisbane last weekend, will be missing on Sunday. Michael Jamison who is yet to play a pre-season game will also miss Sunday’s game and he is expected to resume playing in the Northern Blues season opener on March 24. Making his first appearance for 2012 will be Mitch Robinson who missed last week’s game with a tight back after being rested in the first two weeks of the NAB Cup.  Judd said fans can expect to see a similar style of football to what will be played this season. “Obviously the NAB Cup gives us an opportunity to trial a few things that we wouldn’t ordinarily get to do in the season,” he said. “It is a luxury we have taken full advantage of this year and it is fair to say that it has been an incredibly beneficial past month for us, especially in relation to giving some of the younger guys a run.” With the Carlton team taking on a more familiar look this week, Judd said it was time to put the final pieces in place. “The boys are almost ready to go, so the focus this week will be putting our energies into fine tuning some structural aspects of our game and make sure we are ready for the season opener against Richmond.”…………………Well, let’s hope the team performances from this point onwards are a little more encouraging, than has been revealed so far in the pre-season matches!!!

The Archibald Prize is due to be awarded for this year, at the end of March –  there are 41 final contenders. Rather than doing the usual tipping –  the horses, football, elections –  I’m going to nominate the winner from one of these six  – Father Bob McGuire [by Luke Cornish], Angus McDonald [by Tim McGuire], John Wood by [Raelene Sharp], Melody – Missy Higgins [by Kate Tucker] , Self portrait [by Natasha Bienick] or Self portrait [by Jenny Sages] – the ‘Australian’ article on Friday didn’t have the view that many of the 41 were worth winning, and knowing my luck with tipping, one of the more outrageous portraits will no doubt be selected!! Right or wrong, I shall return to this status with the outcome!! My first choice as below:

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