The Expectation and why it is a good one!
From the beginning of this season, I had a certain expectation for the Carlton FC and it’s season for 2016 and I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised and not really disappointed, with regard to the club’s performance. With regard to some supporters, well, that is for another article and another time.
We all knew that this season was going to be a growth one. A time when players, positions and club dynamics would be tried, tested and under the pump. Where the new kids in the club would be pushed to strive for senior selection and to earn their spot, then when they get that spot to see just how they cope and what they must do to become successful for next season. This has happened. I’m not talking about those newbies that were injured, but those players who were selected based on their known ability and what they could bring to a growing club.
I’m talking about Jacob Weitering who has the mind and body of a senior footballer and is showing week in and week out how with time in a senior side is proving what an incredible footy lesson on what to do and what not to do. I’m talking about Charlie Curnow, who before he fell ill, was for me, one of the most “gruntiest” players who could play in the midfield and down forward. One who for me, was worth bringing out my once discarded Number 30 guernsey. It is a player we are missing on our forward line, but as he gets more and more game time in the VFL after coming back from his illness and builds up match fitness, he will be an exciting player to watch.
I’m talking about Jack Silvagni. No matter what people think or hope, just because a child of a former legend, who is himself a child of a former legend, that does not mean that they too will have the same talent. Jack showed in his first game what was brewing and in his second game, what was cooking. With more time, more chances to become senior, repeat, senior match fitness, he has the makings of a real star player. Irrespective of the fact that the roar from the crowd when he kicked his first senior goal was spine-tingling. It was his constant tenacity on the ground that will make him a player that opponents will be focusing their back-line on.
I have to be honest, I do not like this whole issue of putting this enormous pressure on young shoulders to perform because of one of your parent’s were. It is a pressure that can make supporter expectations extreme and thus placing self-doubt or worth on a young player when it doesn’t happen. But with Jack, I’m seeing a slow and steady growth which is what Bolts has stated in his press conference after the loss against Adelaide.
This is just what I expected to happen for this club. A slow and steady growth is what is needed for this club and for that matter any club to become champions. I like where Carlton is sitting at the moment and I like the way that the club is handling the rest of the season. And to think we have more waiting in the wings!
P.S I have said it before and will say it again, when Dennis Armfield gets on the ground, there is an electricity on the field that is incredible. He has under Bolts, become the player I always, always believed he could be.