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St. Kilda v Carlton...Five Points!

Originally created on Carlton Blues by Debby Palti - Blues Editor.

One: The curtain opens, the music starts and walking on to the stage is a rocker, an ageing and once mega star rocker.  Wrinkles, graying hair, they pluck the strings of their guitars and the music while sounds just as great as it did many years ago, the antics of the rocker who tries to emulate the same antics performed when the rocker was much younger looks so out of place. I’m not saying that old rockers should just fade into music history, I’m saying that they need to adapt, adjust and play their music. It is the same with footy coaches.

This weekend Mick Malthouse came out on SEN and said that one his biggest regrets is convincing Andrejs Everitt to join Carlton. I’m not going to get into this aspect of his statement because this is not the point of this article.  The point is that Malthouse should just understand his role in putting Carlton into a position that made them step backwards rather than forwards.

The reason he came to Carlton was because of a stupid, knee-jerk decision by a Board who was convinced that he would make Carlton a top team.  The reason he came to Carlton was because he wanted to break the coaching record after being dumped by his once beloved Collingwood. Both reasons were futile and the general musings of a man wanting to project his need for greatness.

As with some ageing rockers, for some coaches such as Malthouse, there is need to just slip quietly into obscurity and not make yourself look not only self-absorbed but self-indulgent.  His comments were irrelevant, not needed and definitely did not prove or say anything.

Two: The sledging of Marc Murphy by the St. Kilda players is something every St. Kilda player should hang their head in shame and every supporter who booed him and didn’t really understand why.  When, as a supporter, you see a fray on the ground, you are only witnessing the event, you have no idea what has caused it. I don’t mind a bit of sledging as long as it does not get personal to the point of involving family, race, religion or even sexual orientation. For a player to sink to either of those levels shows a lack of character.  If a report by the umpires shows that this was the case, then Alan Richardson must do something about it and the club must come out publicly and say something.

Three: The result of the match against St. Kilda shows one thing, that Carlton are in a better position than they have been in a long time.  As fellow supporter Nic Wishart pointed out to me, “look they are all puffed out” after the final siren.  What this means is that every player played every single minute of the game.  They pushed, fought and sometimes fumbled, but they never gave in or gave up.  We were not thrashed, obliterated, we were just beaten. 

Over time, as the season progresses, the inexperience of some of the players and the errors made, will only make them stronger and more determined not to make them again in the future. Experience in all situations, no matter how fraught or frustrating they may be, enables a player to understand not only what went wrong, but how to deal with it next time.

Four: I have to say seeing the crowd when some of the idiotic and irrational umpire decisions were made really “warmed the cockles of me heart.” Because it is no longer the support of a few that Carlton is getting but the support of the many.  It was exciting to see that we, the Cheer Squad were not the only ones getting behind the boys, but masses of people. 

What makes a club more stronger is not what happens when the club is on top but what happens when they are growing and that those who are not involved in that growth can see not only a more positive and dynamic club but a team that is having a go every single minute of the game.  That the team is playing a brand of footy that is exciting, invigorating and that in the end, we know that we are heading in the right direction.

Five: (final one). Hats off to the security at Etihad Stadium, who could teach a lesson to those at the MCG what it means to be a security guard at the footy.  To let supporters enjoy the ride of the game. To yell, scream and know that it is all part of the spirit of the game and the supporter’s role. They were respectful, smiling, and allowed supporters to be just that.  MCG security take note.

#BOUNDBYBLUE!

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