The game is over. We got thrashed. That’s it. Yet the mind boggles at some of the comments made by those who profess to be “supporters”. One even stated that the club needs to sack Bolts! That they have been waiting so long for the club to become great again and they are sick and tired of the “rebuilding” slogan.
The team consisted of half the side with youngsters that have either only played a few senior games, or none at all and out of them, there were seven players who are still teenagers. Bolts did not lay blame on individuals or even the leaders of the team. He stated that “it’s about our whole footy club. It’s not about our leaders or our younger players.”
With a statement such as this one and for those who don’t really understand, we need to forget about what happened in the past. We need to not look at the fact that the term “rebuilding” has been banded around for some time, because in reality, there has not been a coach that has actually put that word into motion, until now.
Bolts also stated that he was “not going to segregate our group,” and for the first time in a long time, it is the whole entire playing group that is part of the rebuild. Supporters need to understand that what we are seeing now will be the future of a team and a club that will rise again.
The team played a side that is on the rise, where it is at least 2 years ahead of us in terms of experience and positive club culture. For supporters to expect anything less from a club that has pushed a restart button, we need a bit more time.
We need to understand the process, be a bit more patient and know that it will happen for Carlton. That on Adelaide Oval on Friday 21st April, we saw what the future will look like and who will be there. Together with the senior players who notched up great numbers in disposals, it will also take time in teaching the younger players what to do when the pressure is on.
As Bolts said, we cannot lay blame on certain players, as this is a team game and it takes a team to be successful, young and older players.