CARLTON: MECHANISMS ARE IN PLACE!

 

At the end of the Draft for 2018, what Carlton gained and are aspiring to, is getting this club back to where it belongs – a force in the game and back on top.  They were adamant in what they wanted for the club and who they chose.

From the start of the actual trade period, Carlton’s aim was getting players who would be part of the future and part of the push to the top. With the securing of Mitch McGovern a seasoned forward, Alex Fasolo, another forward. These two, together with our youngsters who are emerging and growing, will give more depth in our forward line. Then we have Will Setterfield, a midfielder, and Nic Newman, a left-footed defender. What these guys bring is what is needed for a young group of players currently at Carlton – experience.  Sure we have our own experienced players, but we needed more and especially in our forward line, and we have that now.

Yet before the Draft started, what the club needed was more grunt and depth in an area that we were lacking during the season – our midfield, and we needed youngsters who possibly have the capacity to play in Round One.  Without a doubt, Sam Walsh is that type of player. If you watch the way he goes about his game, he plays with a concentration that belittles his actual age.

Then the ‘purists’ of this period, those that sat glued to their TV’s or watched online, following the trackers, saw SOS and his team pull off what is considered to be the trade of the draft period.  Carlton acquired Liam Stocker, a midfielder, with a historic live trade swap with Adelaide, where we will get their future 2019 first round pick and they will get ours.  A gamble, sure, but it is a testament to what Carlton believe will be season 2019. It is no longer a mere  ‘re-build’ but a blitzing belief and determination to become a great club again and to show this during the next season.

It is confidence in not only the talent that the club is developing and has been for the past few years, coupled with the experience of other players but also getting the right draftee’s no matter what the cost.  The cost being the gamble that Adelaide finish much higher and Carlton finish near the bottom.  The absolute faith that SOS, Bolts and the team have in what can be achieved next season is bloody exciting.  It was one of those “boom” moments that have the potential to become either an epic fail or an unbelievable coup that sees the making of the Carlton FC.  I believe in the latter and not as an epic fail.

After all that, Carlton then secured Finbar O’Dwyer, an upcoming forward and a damn agile player around the ground.  Then for its last pick, Carlton picked another Silvagni – Ben, a player that plays around the ground, either in the forward line or down back.

Carlton finalized its list with the Rookie Draft with the selection of Tomas Bugg and Hugh Goddard.  With that, Jed Lamb has not been offered another season at Carlton or any other AFL club. In this regard, some have questioned the legitimacy of getting both Bugg and Goddard, but while they both offer experience, they still have a lot to prove to the Carlton fans of their worthiness of being at the club.  For me in this respect, it is all about them falling into line with the new culture of the club, of being part of a team and of channeling all efforts into securing success.  Like Daisy Thomas, these two players have much prove to us, the supporters, more than the draftees.

Those that commentate in the media have given Carlton a mark of D in the whole draft period.  All in all, I think for Carlton, it was a very successful period in which we can see the direction the club is heading into.  It is exciting to see that for the first time in a long time, the Carlton FC is united in its determination to get back on top. That we, the supporters, can see what the future will hold for the club, it’s just a shame that there are those that still don’t see this. But then again the best remedy is to show them come 2019. Don’t fall into the trap of caring what others say about the club or the players, coaches etc. just care what the club will do from now on. Care that given what we have and what we have gained, we will start to rise up the ladder. It may not be as fast as we all want it to be, but it will happen. The mechanisms are in place, we just have to let it churn over and become a well-oiled machine. There will be a few glitches and it is these glitches that the mechanics of the club will tinker with and make the machine that is the Carlton FC powering at full speed once again.

As the new motto states, we may honor our past but we will definitely own our future – the mechanisms are in place.

#BOUNDBYBLUE! #BRINGON2019!

#EXCITINGTIMESBLUES!

So the trade period has ended and Carlton came out with four new players to add to the current list.  We know who they are and what they will bring to the team.  Yet for some, it seems that SOS and his team failed – miserably. That Carlton is the laughing stock of the AFL.  That SOS, Bolts and their team really don’t know what they are doing and that basically Carlton ‘panicked’ in the trade period.  That we have not picked up any marquee players as no-one wants to come to us.  While I understand that everyone has their opinion, view of the situation at Carlton and how that for some neither SOS or Bolts are the ones that have the ability to re-build this club.  My view, my opinion is – I don’t agree.

The talk that we didn’t get Hannerbery because he did not want to come to us because he saw a club that was, well ‘shit’, is wrong.  Has anyone ever thought that maybe Carlton did not want that type of player at the club, and so, did not even think about approaching him? What about McGovern? Is he just a mediocre player and not considered a ‘marquee’ player? He chose Carlton from the onset because he is not only the type of player the club needs but he because he can see what is happening at the club and the future.  Then there is Setterfield, Fasolo and Newman all chose to come to Carlton and they are at the club because these are the type of players that the club needs for more depth. If the club is a laughing stock of the AFL then why did Crippa re-sign? Why did one of the best endurance and fitness coaches,  Russell,  leave a successful club to come to Carlton?  Why is it that only now does the media see what Carlton have been endeavoring to achieve since Bolts and SOS were brought in, as being the makings of a solid foundation for the future? Sure we didn’t Sheil, but we didn’t want to give up our number one draft pick and Essendon are not at the same level as we are, and so given that, of course, Sheil will pick Essendon and look what they had to give up to get him. I would much rather get a player from the draft who we can mold and shape to become the player that Carlton needs than an older player such as Shiel.

Then there was someone who said that Carlton failed miserably because we didn’t do all we could to get Betts back! What they don’t realize is that at no point did he say he wanted out of Adelaide. He said that he has another two years on his contract and will fulfill it. Betts is an outstanding player and would be an asset to any club, but he is not the player that he once was back at Carlton. If he did want to come back to Victoria, then as an assistant coach, he would probably be welcomed back with open arms, in two years time!

There are some out there in the social media world who continually see the negativity of this re-build which has been stated all along since Bolts came. They believe that there are other coaches out there who would be much better. But the question needs to be asked, ‘are you sure they will be?” Are you sure that team, who back Bolts to the end, would respond better to another coach? Are you sure that bringing in a new coach would not disrupt the team and the club? Are you so sure that your way and your view is the best way to go? Don’t agree. I was one of those who said that Nathan Buckley was not the coach for Collingwood or a coach at all – I was wrong and would have to say, even though he is from Collingwood, I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved at the club, and I believe that you are wrong when it comes to Bolts.

I see in Bolts the ability to lead the club into success with the backing of a new crop of assistants both on the footy field, fitness and the culture at the club, and it is in this area that mediocre clubs – succeed.  GWS have a team of champions, but they are not a champion team because their culture is too self-absorbed.  They don’t play as a team or for each other, only for themselves and won’t win a Premiership this way. Sure they will get to finals, but to take that leap from being a team in the finals to a Finalist is something that requires team-manship, which they don’t have. No-one thought Collingwood would get to the Final, or Richmond last year, or the Bulldogs the year before.  Sure Collingwood didn’t win, but they got there through sheer determination and team-manship.  I’m not saying that Carlton is near that – yet, but they are putting into place the mechanisms to get there.

To suggest that the trade period for Carlton was a case of panic and saving face and that it will take years and years to achieve what the likes of Collingwood have this year is rather arrogant really. Because it suggests that Carlton does not know what it is doing and that others do. They cannot know what goes on behind closed doors, or decisions and discussion held and made. The culture at Carlton has changed, and current and future stars of the game want to stick around because they believe in what is happening at the club. They understand and support the process to get Carlton back to the top.

What we all need now is patience and positivism. Watch below.

Silvagni Talks Trade

#EXCITINGTIMESBLUES

 

The One (s) That No-one Saw Coming!

Up in the Gold Coast the sun was definitely not shining late on Sunday afternoon in Metricon Stadium.  For the outcome of a match that 98% of commentators, media people and the general public decided was that the Suns would beat, nay in some circles thrash Carlton. That the fact that last weekend when Carlton beat the Giants, was perhaps for some, a fluke. Oh how wrong were they!

The impact of targeting and harassing one Gary Ablett Jnr was, in the eyes of those watching and reporting, non-stop and persistent, to the point that during the match when said player was on the bench, he was angry and telling trainers this.  Well, it worked because he was kept to a paltry, for him, 25 possessions and no score.  This was all thanks to what can only be stated as the best game of this player’s career so far and a record breaker.

Yep, stand up and take a bow for an encore Mr Bryce Gibbs! I mean 43 possessions, 31 kicks, 8 marks, 10 tackles and to top it all off, 2 outstanding, game breaking goals. Whoever has said that Gibbsy will be heading back to Adelaide have absolutely no clue whatsoever; and to top it all off, how angry would Adelaide be right now for not doing all that they could to get him during the draft! Now they have no chance. In today’s Melbourne’s Age, Rohan Connolly Bryce Gibbs said quite determinedly, “I’ve had a couple of consistent years. I want to continue that at Carlton, keep developing the leadership side of my game…” Then finally saying that he would be one of those players that helped the club get to where we wanted to get, and that he played a significant role in that. No-one saw the maturing of a former number one draft pick become the stellar role model and outstanding player that he is becoming.

Two words, Liam Jones! Commentary around the wire was that Tom Lynch would dominate not only the game, but on the scoreboard as well, but no-one saw how much of an inspirational move that Carlton made to move Jones down the back last week, and to dominate this game.  He kept Lynch to just 10 disposals and 1 point!  He is fast becoming, together with ASOS a cult hero at Ikon Park and so he should be.  He is playing dynamic footy down back. It is not the number of disposals that matters here, but what he does to stop a player who is considered one of the top in the forward line.

What no-one saw coming was a team that truly believed in what they are capable of achieving. That with persistence, determination and a passion for playing for the guernsey, anything is possible. The team stood up from the very first bounce until the final siren.  The Curnow’s with that wonderful hug after Charlie sent the ball to brother Ed who kicked a beautiful goal. To the rise and rise of Jack Silvagni, scoring 2 goals and getting better and better with each and every match.  To the stalwart that is Kade Simpson, Sam Docherty who was well everywhere and who commentators are now saying that other teams better keep him in check, which they say every Carlton supporter knows.

The players that just kept on going, Crippa, Plowman, Lamb, Wright, Boekhorst, Sammo, Cunningham, Fisher, the big man Krooz, Marchbank, the inspirational Murph, Weiters, Williamson. Despite Casboult’s misses, his handy hands at getting the ball proved to be game changers.  Yet through all of these, I would have to say that Daisy Thomas stunned everyone. Two goal, 17 possessions, and that bump on Saad, was cringe worthy but shows that he is playing for the club with all heart. It seems that in the past year he has become settled, more content.

Carlton are now a team that other teams must sit up and take notice and that commentators and media people are starting to believe in the message that the club is now sending.  They are not the team that Kevin Bartlett said on SEN this morning that after Richmond’s loss for the past few matches, that they Richmond, can take comfort that they have Carlton this weekend implying an easy win.  They are not as Tony Jones said on the Sunday Footy Show, doing little to market their club.  They are not the team that everyone thinks well, we’re playing Carlton, easy win.

After the bye, the Carlton are now a team that other coaches will be planning on how to stop Jones from dominating their forwards. They will be working out how to stop Docherty from moving freely around the ground. They will be working out how to stop a young, dynamic, hungrier, grittier and more determined team that no-one saw coming, except the die-hard Carlton supporters, who knew, we just knew.

#BOUNDBYBLUE

The One (s) That No-one Saw Coming!

Up in the Gold Coast the sun was definitely not shining late on Sunday afternoon in Metricon Stadium.  For the outcome of a match that 98% of commentators, media people and the general public decided was that the Suns would beat, nay in some circles thrash Carlton. That the fact that last weekend when Carlton beat the Giants, was perhaps for some, a fluke. Oh how wrong were they!

The impact of targeting and harassing one Gary Ablett Jnr was, in the eyes of those watching and reporting, non-stop and persistent, to the point that during the match when said player was on the bench, he was angry and telling trainers this.  Well, it worked because he was kept to a paltry, for him, 25 possessions and no score.  This was all thanks to what can only be stated as the best game of this player’s career so far and a record breaker.

Yep, stand up and take a bow for an encore Mr Bryce Gibbs! I mean 43 possessions, 31 kicks, 8 marks, 10 tackles and to top it all off, 2 outstanding, game breaking goals. Whoever has said that Gibbsy will be heading back to Adelaide have absolutely no clue whatsoever; and to top it all off, how angry would Adelaide be right now for not doing all that they could to get him during the draft! Now they have no chance. In today’s Melbourne’s Age, Rohan Connolly Bryce Gibbs said quite determinedly, “I’ve had a couple of consistent years. I want to continue that at Carlton, keep developing the leadership side of my game…” Then finally saying that he would be one of those players that helped the club get to where we wanted to get, and that he played a significant role in that. No-one saw the maturing of a former number one draft pick become the stellar role model and outstanding player that he is becoming.

Two words, Liam Jones! Commentary around the wire was that Tom Lynch would dominate not only the game, but on the scoreboard as well, but no-one saw how much of an inspirational move that Carlton made to move Jones down the back last week, and to dominate this game.  He kept Lynch to just 10 disposals and 1 point!  He is fast becoming, together with ASOS a cult hero at Ikon Park and so he should be.  He is playing dynamic footy down back. It is not the number of disposals that matters here, but what he does to stop a player who is considered one of the top in the forward line.

What no-one saw coming was a team that truly believed in what they are capable of achieving. That with persistence, determination and a passion for playing for the guernsey, anything is possible. The team stood up from the very first bounce until the final siren.  The Curnow’s with that wonderful hug after Charlie sent the ball to brother Ed who kicked a beautiful goal. To the rise and rise of Jack Silvagni, scoring 2 goals and getting better and better with each and every match.  To the stalwart that is Kade Simpson, Sam Docherty who was well everywhere and who commentators are now saying that other teams better keep him in check, which they say every Carlton supporter knows.

The players that just kept on going, Crippa, Plowman, Lamb, Wright, Boekhorst, Sammo, Cunningham, Fisher, the big man Krooz, Marchbank, the inspirational Murph, Weiters, Williamson. Despite Casboult’s misses, his handy hands at getting the ball proved to be game changers.  Yet through all of these, I would have to say that Daisy Thomas stunned everyone. Two goal, 17 possessions, and that bump on Saad, was cringe worthy but shows that he is playing for the club with all heart. It seems that in the past year he has become settled, more content.

Carlton are now a team that other teams must sit up and take notice and that commentators and media people are starting to believe in the message that the club is now sending.  They are not the team that Kevin Bartlett said on SEN this morning that after Richmond’s loss for the past few matches, that they Richmond, can take comfort that they have Carlton this weekend implying an easy win.  They are not as Tony Jones said on the Sunday Footy Show, doing little to market their club.  They are not the team that everyone thinks well, we’re playing Carlton, easy win.  After the bye, the Carlton are now a team that other coaches will be planning on how to stop Jones from dominating their forwards. They will be working out how to stop Docherty from moving freely around the ground. They will be working out how to stop a young, dynamic, hungrier, grittier and more determined team that no-one saw coming, except the die-hard Carlton supporters, who knew, we just knew.

#BOUNDBYBLUE