This weekend saw the Blues take on the Lions, where the Lions were tamed into little pussycats and one which showed for the first time, the building up and growth of a club that now is forming depth in its playing group. This meant that the game on Saturday lunchtime was, while not as nail-biting as the one against Geelong, one that is ear marking Carlton as being a club that is in the media, all for the right reasons.
In the past few years, Carlton have been in the doldrums, we all know that and now the pages of the sports news, the screens of the TV’s and the airwaves of radio, are now filled with not what can Carlton do to get back into being competitive again, but what Carlton is doing that is making the team competitive once more.
Comments are rife with the likes that when one player goes down or is being held, as was the case of Bryce Gibbs who was kept to only 12 disposals and 1 point by ex-teammate, Mitch Robinson, other players were there to bridge that gap. Now I’m not talking about those senior players such as Tuohy, Rowe, Armfield, Simmo, I’m talking about the unexpected players that changed the game. Such as Crippa who had 26 disposals and 2 goals, to Ed Curnow who was outstanding with 28 possessions and 1 goal. But you have to admit that it was Sam Kerridge with a massive 30 disposals, 1 goal and 16 marks, and Jacob Weitering with 24 possessions and 14 marks that had the commentators saying “and there he is again” that really stood out, or Jed Lamb with 3 goals. This is what is called DEPTH and it is something that had been lacking for a while, but is no more.
The club showed a depth of their game, that when I watched the replay, stunned me (for the right reasons) as it was something quite remarkable. For a club to be successful, you have to realise that there will be injuries, sometimes even suspensions and a club needs to know that there are players waiting in the wings to not take the spot, but to keep it warm. That there are players that can move around the ground into different positions, ensuring that the match can still flow in their favour. Carlton is doing just that and the media are seeing this and saying positive comments where once were negative.
But let’s not get too excited as there is still a long way to go to get Carlton back to where it should be, in the top 8, but we are getting there. One commentator stated on the weekend, that an AFL season without a dynamic Carlton is not really good for footy and that it is exciting to see that Carlton are on the way up and playing great footy. True Carlton supporters know that it will take time to get the club back into the top 8 and the top 4, and they also know that right now the club has exceeded expectations from all sides of the footy spectrum. With a little more time, taking one game at a time, the pages, screens and airways of the media world will be full of Carlton and all for the right reasons!
#BOUND BY BLUE