A friend of mine, Nic Wishart, just posted a rather significant post on Facebook and posed some rather interesting questions regarding Carlton’s season from here on. With his permission granted (and he is co-authored on this article), I would like to ask these same questions and tell you what I believe and what I hope that supporters out there also believe.
So far after Round 11, we have done more this season than anyone thought possible, we have exceeded expectations and come out not only as winners, but as a team that is viewed with respect, awe and fear from other clubs. We know that this round we are up against St. Kilda who are a bit like lucky dip, you just don’t know what you are going to get on the day. Given that we are nearing the half-way mark of this season, what do you expect for the rest of the season?
Do you expect the team to make finals? Really, do you? Because I personally don’t really mind what happens next as long as the same intensity is shown for every game. That the same toughness, playing all four quarters, is shown at every game. That the continual growth of the players, the team as a whole, is shown at every game. That is what I want for the rest of the season for Carlton. I also want, what Nic stated that we need to make a priority of getting senior game time for our younger players such as Mckay, Curnow (when they are both fit and ready), Cunningham, Whiley, Rainbow, Jaksch, Silvagni. That for the rest of the season, we put in place strategies, game plans and experience to ensure that in season 2017, the Blues come out becoming a feared club and not a club that was a laughing stock of the footy world. That in 2017, we will have under our belt players who have the experience, knowledge and ability to get this club back to the top.
Like Nic, I don’t want to see the club push to make the top 8, I want to see the club push to ensure that the players growth on the field ensures that the club has the depth needed to become a great club once more. If we win more games, so be it, if we don’t, so be it. The club has already exceeded more than anyone thought possible, anything else is just a very delicious icing on the cake!
Co-authored by Debby Palti & Nic Wishart