We all know that this season has seen the incredible growth of the Carlton team. They have become the talk of the footy world not because of what they can’t do, but what they can do. This is all because of a vision created by those at the club that saw something more than what Mick Malthouse had left us.
The clever bringing in of Brendon Bolton, a coach with a vision of what a footy club should be. Stephen Silvagni, a vision of what the playing group must entail. The assistant coaches bringing in their wealth of experience and guidance to ensure that the team will be one that will be a force to be reckoned with.
Then there is the administration of the club which is proving to be one that is embracing an aspect of Carlton that was lacking under Malthouse, inclusion. We are seeing the club embrace the most important aspect for success in the club, the supporters.
Each week I look at the club’s website and each week, without failure, under the heading “Next Open Training Session” there is a time and a place, not matter if it is in Victoria or interstate. The club knows that to make a great club great again, you need to have every facet of that club believing and working towards that.
The once “banned from the public” training sessions under Malthouse, thereby turning supporters away from the club, the doors have been thrown open and every week, the supporters can watch as the players are put through their paces. They know that they are on the same journey as the players. They feel part of it and with the numbers that turn up not only to these sessions, but to the matches as well, you can just feel the small bubble of excitement about to get bigger and bigger.
We will be under the pump this week with playing old foe Richmond. Can we do it? Can we beat them? I believe we can and I also believe that no matter what, the club is becoming what it was a while ago. Great, exciting and a club that must now never be underestimated. It is inclusive, open and above all a club that we are so proud to be a part of.