Jed Lamb (centre) points at Mark Baguley as his teammates remonstrate.
Jed Lamb (centre) points at Mark Baguley as his teammates remonstrate.

Sledge that made AFL star explode

A PERSONAL sledge about Jed Lamb's murdered father has been revealed as the spark behind a push-and-shove between Essendon and Carlton players on Saturday.

Carlton youngster Lamb was pictured pointing in angry fashion at Mark Baguley as his teammates remonstrated with the Essendon player at three-quarter time.

The push-and-shove became a talking point when Blues coach Brendon Bolton entered the picture and captured telling Baguley to "f--- off".

The Herald Sun has now revealed why Lamb was so incensed, reporting he told Carlton officials Baguley mentioned his father in a sledge despite warnings it was no-go territory.

Lamb was later fined $1500 for striking Baguley, but it's the Essendon player who is now facing heavy scrutiny about whether he intentionally crossed a line.

SEN reporter Sam McClure said Baguley was "adamant he told Essendon officials he had no idea the history behind" Lamb's father's death.

SEN's Andy Maher, however, is one who believes there's need for further investigation.

"The question I ask automatically is I don't know why Mark Baguley would be mentioning Jed Lamb's dad to him if he didn't know it was a potential point of great sensitivity,"  Maher said.

"I look forward to Mark Baguley explaining that one."

A personal sledge infuriated Carlton's Jed Lamb. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
A personal sledge infuriated Carlton's Jed Lamb. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Former Richmond coach Terry Wallace told SEN: "That's heavy stuff isn't it. For me those sorts of things are miles over the line and just shouldn't be touched."

Baguley has since issued a statement to clarify the incident from the weekend.

"I would like to be extremely clear I was unaware Jed's father had passed away, nor was it the subject of my comment directed towards Jed," his statement read.

"I was responding to Jed, who had made an offensive remark about my physical appearance, something he has done in previous games.

"Jed and I resolved the matter after the match and we shook hands.

"I'm extremely disappointed with the reporting of this story as it is not a true reflection of the events that took place on the field."

Lamb, one of eight children, was just six years old when his father was killed after a dispute in the small Victorian town of Nyora.

Jed Lamb’s father, Colin.
Jed Lamb’s father, Colin.

According to reports at the time, Colin Lamb was living alone in a home he was painting and renovating for its owner. His children, aged three to 16, lived in a nearby town with his ex-wife.

Colin, the assistant coach of the town's under-12 football team, was drinking at home with Michael Willis, known as "Mad Mick", when the pair began arguing.

Later, Willis returned with an axe. Neighbours reported hearing loud noises from the home about 8pm and Mr Lamb's body was found in the rear of the house by a friend around lunchtime the following day.

Jed Lamb has spoken several times about the incident's impact on his life.

"You see this sort of thing on the news and hear it on the radio but you don't think it can happen to you," Lamb told the Daily Telegraph in 2014.

"Even looking back now it's hard to get my head around it. If it was going to happen I guess it's good that it happened when I was so young. I reckon if it had been when I was 13 to 16 it would have been a lot different and had a bigger impact on my life.

"It had a big impact obviously with mum raising eight kids. That's why we're all so close. There's no doubt that I wouldn't be playing AFL footy today if it wasn't for Mum.

"It had a bigger impact on my elder brothers and sisters. When it happened they had to go into the police station and answer questions. I was too young for that.

"They were at an age when they knew everything that had happened, so it would have been really tough for them. It's brought us a lot closer together."

AFL.com.au reported Lamb had accepted Baguley's apology after the game.


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