Chris Judd's inspirational performance against Richmond last Sunday has shown Carlton what is required to win finals and his teammates are determined to follow suit, according to mid- fielder Bryce Gibbs.
Judd turned last Sunday's elimination final against the Tigers on its head in the second half in his first game in four weeks after overcoming a medial ligament strain in his left knee.
The former captain and Heath Scotland are the only Blues to have played in a grand final.
Judd won the Norm Smith Medal when West Coast narrowly lost to Sydney in 2005.
Gibbs said the 30-year-old's match-winning 25 possessions was a lesson in how to play in finals and the Blues were keen to heed the advice for tonight's semifinal against Sydney at ANZ Stadium.
"I don't think he needs to say too much," Gibbs said.
"You just watch him crack in and win the hard ball and break the lines and it just makes you want to help him out and be a part of it as well.
"He doesn't need to say too much when he's doing that. He was great.
"To have three or four weeks off like he did, and when the game wasn't going the way we'd hope, for him to put his hand up like he does all the time, it's pretty inspiring."
A win against Sydney would lift the Blues into their first preliminary final since 2000, but they will have to make do without imposing ruckman Matthew Kreuzer, who was ruled out yesterday with a calf injury.
"Mick (coach Mick Malthouse) has always had the philosophy that you take fit players into finals and that's the way we're going," Carlton's director of development and coaching Rob Wiley said, adding that further late changes were possible.
Gibbs said Carlton were well aware they needed to apply the brakes to Sydney's elite midfield.
A key component of that will be Gibbs himself, who has returned to the midfield after playing across half-back.
The South Australian has led Carlton for clearances and contested possessions in the past fortnight.
"Playing inside the centre square for the last couple of weeks has been good," Gibbs said. "Hopefully I can stay in there this week and go from there.
"I'm just trying to get some consistency in there. That's the biggest thing. I'll probably have a match-up this week.
"They've got a pretty good midfield, the Swans, so we probably won't let them all run around and do what they want.
"We'll have to man up defensively. I'm looking forward to the challenge.
"This is the time you want to be playing good footy.
"That's what you want to do as a player - stand up in big games of footy, especially in September.
"We think we can achieve something as a group.""He was great … for him to put his hand up like he does all the time, it's pretty inspiring."" *Bryce Gibbs *sings the praises of *Chris Judd *