I usually write my take on the match with the Blues the Monday after the game, but tonight, I can’t leave it till then as there is so much emotion whirling inside that I just have to write about now. Firstly, how bloody good was that! The more I thought about it, the more I just get emotional and it’s not about what you might think.
It’s not about how every single player put their heart, soul and body on the field for that match. That we were left without Levi Casboult, our main goal kicker of the past few weeks and that we had to find scorers somewhere else. It is not about how Crippa, slightly injured with his knee, who came back on showed what inner strength can do when the going gets tough, and he got going. It’s not about how Docherty, Lamb, Everitt or Jones made their presence felt. It is not about how the big, almighty and bit worse for wear with a hit in the stomach Kruezer became the hero in media land and around the ground when he sealed the win for the team. Tuohy and Rowe who are both down back, pitched in when needed.
It’s not about how Gibbsy who was under the coaching of MM floundered and failed, and under the new regime is blossoming, shining and showing what a bloody unbelievable player he is. It is not about Murph, who is getting better and better with every match as both a player and as captain, no it is about two people who for me made me tear up a little.
It is about Simmo who never, ever gave up and who at the final siren showed his euphoric emotional elation. If you look really close at his face, it says it all. It says we are not the team you all thought we were, we are better. Then finally what really got me really emotional was Bolts.
When the final siren sounded, it was Bolts dash to be on the field, to congratulate, heap praise and wanting to show that all the players hard work, passion for playing for the Navy Blue, for never giving up for four quarters is something he is damn proud of. His incredible speech at a function telling all those in attendance that today we are seeing a new Carlton. That even though there was only 27,000 or so people at the ground, it sounded like 50,000 and more and the boys could hear every single voice. That for Bolts the journey is a collective one, that players, coaches and members have all got their passports stamped and ready for the next trip.
Seeing the humble way this man goes about coaching is phenominal and it is showing on the field. I am a proud Navy Blue supporter and member. I am proud at the way the team is playing and carrying themselves on the field and off, but more than that I am proud that I have the privilege of witnessing this. The impact this man has on the players and the supporters is infectious and I for one am proud to be a Carlton supporter and to go on this journey. Bolts, you are a legend, the players feel it and see it, we, the supporters feel it and see it!
#BOUND BY BLUE!