Why Carlton fans need to remember patience is a virtue

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By Jono Baruch, Jono Baruch is a Roar Rookie


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    Sporting fans are a fickle bunch, always demanding success and nothing more than 100 per cent from our athletes.

    Whether they cross the white line or take their mark on the blocks wearing their national or club colours, we expect and demand nothing more than the very best.

    But demanding the best and receiving less than that often leads to an outpouring of frustration, giving the chance for keyboard warriors to continually do what they do best: berate, complain and ask why they didn’t get the result they wanted or why it isn’t happening quick enough for their liking.

    Patience is a virtue. This old saying reflects one’s capacity to accept, tolerate or delay problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. It’s reflective in almost everyone’s daily routines.

    But this saying has also become prevalent in this AFL season, especially among one of the big Victorian clubs and their supporters, who are again beginning to lose patience and sight over the first major roadblock of a build.

    For a club like Carlton the messaging is reasonably consistent: it’s a reset, a rebuild, whatever you want to call it. The club has started again from pretty much scratch.

    While the pundits will look at Brendon Bolton’s coaching record at the Blues, now 13 wins and 38 losses, and say that AFL coaches don’t survive a record like his in his third year in the job, it is important to acknowledge that his job was to essentially start the club again, which he has done.

    Brendon Bolton

    (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

    This has been demonstrated in part by their highly talked about and contentious turnover of players. The risk now for Carlton is whether they lose patience with the mounting losses and skew from the course they are on. As the debate about the game rages on, the evolution of the rebuild continues – if the previous two premiership sides along with some of the perennial top teams of recent times are a guide to the way you rebuild your club, rebuilding itself will soon be a thing of the past.

    Take the Richmond model. The reigning premiership team contained four to five genuine gun, A-grade elite players: Alex Rance, Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt and Kane Lambert. The rest of their team was filled by role players to serve a certain purpose and executed their roles to perfection throughout the season.

    We talk a lot about how even the competition is, but the reality is that if Richmond didn’t have all of their stars playing and firing at the same time last year, would they have won the flag? Probably not. But they did, and hats off to them.

    In the copycat league that the AFL is, it has set and paved a way for a rethink of how to build and structure a list.

    It would seem that this is the blueprint that most clubs are taking now. In this era of equalisation and unpredictability, preparing your list appears more important than ever. As well as gaining the elite young talent through the national draft, to be able to nitpick and pinpoint a specific need in your list and go out and get the players that you need is possibly more important to building a successful list.

    Marc Murphy

    (Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

    A few examples from recent years: Collingwood needed speed and class and went and got Sam Murray, Geelong identified that Andrew Mackie and Tom Lonergan were near the end and they went and got Zach Touhy, in 2013 Hawthorn identified that the difference between them winning a flag and missing out was the extra key position player down back and went and recruited Brian Lake.

    Even now you are seeing clubs rebuild on the run more often than undertake a complete cleanout like St Kilda and Melbourne have done numerous times and like Carlton are doing now.

    Hawthorn, Sydney and Geelong have been the masters of this on-the-run rebuild, continually rolling out new kids and undertaking smart recruiting. Essendon have attempted to do the same thing after the fallout from the supplements saga. As the game evolves, so do the different methods and mechanisms to build and rebuild your club and list.

    The message to the Blues fans since day dot of Brendon Bolton’s reign is that the journey will take time. With that, the path that they have taken to rebuild the club the way that they are is the one that is right for them.

    Patrick Cripps

    (Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

    The talent is in the door, and there is plenty of it: Patrick Cripps, Charlie Curnow, Paddy Dow, Lochie O’Brien, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Harry McKay, Jacob Weitering, Caleb Marchbank, Zac Fisher, David Cunningham and many, many more.

    By virtue of this rebuild they have the game time that they have got, and that should be reason enough for Carlton supporters to stay the course and rock up or tune in every week. We say it a lot, but patience is a virtue, and in many ways Carlton supporters just need to be patient in a world and a time where patience seemingly no longer exists.

    Heat will come on the Blues for their 0-7 start. It’s the nature of the industry to ask the questions and for clubs to continually reassess whether they are doing things the right way. Problems arise when the clubs don’t have an idea where they are or how they are going about it.

    The Blues and Bolton have been clear, consistent and adamant that the path they are taking is the right one for them and that they won’t deviate from their plan.

    The question remains as to whether or not, just like they did with the draft back in the day, they have again misread the tide of the competition and will be lagging behind in pursuit of a return to the top.

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    • May 7th 2018 @ 12:23pm
      Simoc said | May 7th 2018 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

      Gotta agree. Richmond supporters had patience and Carlton are at the start of a similar wait.

      • May 7th 2018 @ 3:03pm
        Daz said | May 7th 2018 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

        Spot on Simoc, in a” we want it now society” which is sad, the blues must to stay on course during the rebuild

    • May 7th 2018 @ 2:08pm
      Ken Oath said | May 7th 2018 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

      Balanced, measured and articulate Article Jono – well done.

      Every Tom, Richard and MattyB know that Carlton have invested heavily into the draft model and will continue to do so over the next couple of years, like GWS and GCS they are adopting the model of starting from scratch – minus the fact that we are established and had to turn over the list to do so as opposed to the 2 new clubs.

      What were GWS and GCS average losing margins in their 1st few years?

      Measured media can see this, click bait ones are just stirring the pot.

      True supporters albeit are unhappy that we are losing are sensible enough to see where we are and where we are striving to get to.

      But then again on the other hand we are just a “Tragic Club”, wink wink, nudge nudge

      Patience fellow blues supporters.

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        May 8th 2018 @ 11:31am
        Jono Baruch said | May 8th 2018 @ 11:31am | ! Report

        Thanks Ken, good to know that there are some rational and sane supporters among us like you. keep the faith!

    • May 7th 2018 @ 3:27pm
      Leonard said | May 7th 2018 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

      There was a popular T-shirt (well, popular with some!) in the 1990s which had:

      ~ on its front [I BARRACK FOR ESSENDON], and
      ~ on its back [AND EVERY TEAM PLAYING CARLTON].

      Or vice versa.

      Time for a new version:

      ~ on its front [YES, ESSENDON IS DOWN & ALMOST OUT], and
      ~ on its back [BUT NOT AS FAR DOWN AS CARLTON].

      Or vice versa.

      Both are still suffering from their cheating, lying ways in this century, and like post-Soviet Russia, still have not recovered from their pasts. (And in Russia’s case, perhaps never will.)

      • May 7th 2018 @ 3:53pm
        Daz said | May 7th 2018 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

        Your a very sad misguided individual LEONARD

    • May 7th 2018 @ 3:58pm
      Mic said | May 7th 2018 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

      most Carlton fans on here are very aware, and have no problem with showing the patience required for our proper rebuild to take shape. I, and plenty of other Carlton fans are backing BB 100%.
      It’s all the anti Carlton plonkers on this site who are saying we should sack the board, sack the coach and sack our entire list, with no idea of the inner workings of the club whatsoever.
      Good article Jono

    • May 7th 2018 @ 5:08pm
      Gary said | May 7th 2018 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

      “If the players stayed on board, (Sir Alex) Ferguson counselled, and did not deviate from the route, the rewards would be immense.” I suggest all Blues supporters do the same – they know what they’re doing …

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      May 8th 2018 @ 3:34am
      anon said | May 8th 2018 @ 3:34am | ! Report

      I’m not trying to be funny or controversial, but you can’t have a coach that short as senior coach.

      Sure as the assistant. In fact it’s probably beneficial to be short as an assistant because you want the head coach to have a certain stature.

      But could you really take a spray from Bolton seriously. Even an 18 year old rookie playing his first game would probably develop a smirk in the corner of his mouth as the spittle flies from Bolton’s mouth.

      I don’t think Bolton has it as a senior coach, but his diminutive stature certainly doesn’t help matters.

      Most coaches are fairly strapping guys, big personalities, or perpetually angry types with short fuses (think Clarko).

      I just in AFL with all these 190cm plus guys, you can’t have diminutive coach with no VFL/AFL experience. You could get away with it if they were particularly ruthless and nasty, but Bolton strikes me as a good bloke.


      • May 9th 2018 @ 4:51pm
        Kane said | May 9th 2018 @ 4:51pm | ! Report

        I didn’t realise Clarkson was 6 foot 5, I might need to get my eyes checked. What a nothing comment this is.

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          May 9th 2018 @ 5:19pm
          anon said | May 9th 2018 @ 5:19pm | ! Report

          I said:

          Most coaches are fairly strapping guys, big personalities, or perpetually angry types with short fuses (think Clarko).

          Either men with a some what imposing stature or angry types always wound up like a top.