With all the excitement over the past weeks about the rise, the surprising rise (according to some) of Carlton on the field, we must listen to what Bolts stated in his press conference after the game between us and Collingwood. That is we will have ups and we will have downs. We will win and we will lose but it is not about that this year, it is about growth. Growth of the club, the playing group and growth of a new culture that will ensure that the club becomes what is once was - a major force in the AFL.
I understand the incredible feeling of winning 3 games in a row, two against old foes, but this must not cloud our perception of where the club wants to be for the future. We must understand that to become the club we all want the club to become, it takes time. There are players on the field who have not played more than 10 senior games, we have to give them time to grow and mature into the players the coaches believe them to be. We need these players to be able to play against the best and win, but they can only do that with actually playing against the best. They can only do that if they fail and learn because in the end it will be that failure that will make them understand what has to be done when they meet other players in the same position.
What Bolts and his team are trying to achieve this year is paramount to the club’s future successes and we must understand that in order for this to happen we need patience for the team to grow stronger. We have witnessed over the past 3 games the potential to be a champion club in the future with the young players that we have in our midst.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and state that we can make the top 8. If we do, then we do, but if we don’t, I for one hope that they don’t. What this means is that in 2017 Carlton will not be club that is the butt of wooden spoon jokes, but the discussion of the rise of a club that would put the fear in other clubs, and that is what we want to see and hear.
I am thrilled, stoked and excited about the growth this club has had this year, but I am also thrilled, stoked and excited for the future. This club is on the path to a great future, let’s not push it. Let’s enjoy the walk down this path, because it’s going to be a great walk!
#BOUND BY BLUE!
P.S Seeing Bolts in the huddle, is quite inspiring really!