FIVE OF THE MOST INTENSE AFL RUN-INS WITH EX-CLUBS
RON BARASSI, CARLTON V MELBOURNE 1965
The transfer of six-time Melbourne premiership-winning legend Barassi from the Demons to the Blues for the then unheard-of sum of 9,000 pounds plus bonuses over three years shocked the sport to the core. Barassi’s first game playing – and coaching – against his former club ended in a 37-point defeat before a jam-packed crowd at Princes Park.
PETER MOORE, MELBOURNE V COLLINGWOOD, 1983
Moore joined Melbourne at a time when free agency was unthinkable, let alone for a club captain, Brownlow medallist and two-time best and fairest. In round one he was greeted with a huge banner in the MCG stands that read “Moore Filth”.
WAYNE CAREY, ADELAIDE V NORTH MELBOURNE, 2003
Carey confronted some of his dual-premiership winning teammates for the first time since leaving the club in disgrace, having had an affair with the wife of North captain Anthony Stevens. Carey kicked four goals in a comfortable win for the Crows but the match is best remembered for Glenn Archer’s feigned haymaker that made Carey flinch.
CHRIS JUDD, CARLTON V WEST COAST, 2008
Judd’s first match for Carlton against the team he led to the 2006 premiership was noteworthy for his brilliant riposte to calls from Eagles players to target his heavily-strapped shoulders. “No wonder my shoulders are stuffed, I’ve been carrying you blokes for the last six years,” he replied.
TOM SCULLY, GWS V MELBOURNE 2012
Demons officials and fans were horrified when Tom Scully accepted a mega-bucks deal from fledgling club GWS just two years after being snapped up as the No.1 draft pick. Melbourne won only four matches in 2013 but easily the biggest of those victories was a 78-point drubbing of the Giants and Scully (or $cully as he was dubbed).