Carlton’s nightmare continues at the hands of St Kilda


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    St Kilda have prolonged Carlton’s horror season, downing the Blues by 64 points in a Friday the 13th massacre at Etihad Stadium.

    Pressure is certain to mount on coach Brendon Bolton after the bottom-placed Blues blundered their way to a dismal 16.20 (116) to 7.10 (52) defeat.

    Bolton’s side have just one win this season and have saved two of their worst performances for the past fortnight in games against fellow bottom-four teams.

    Bolton’s men were outscored eight goals to two after halftime, with repeat turnovers ensuring the ball rarely left St Kilda’s forward half.

    Carlton lost ruckman Matthew Kreuzer in the opening minutes, the Blues later revealing he had suffered shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate.

    Kreuzer’s absence forced Carlton to improvise with Charlie Curnow, Liam Jones and Harry McKay sharing ruck duties.

    But there was no justifying the Blues’ basic skill errors, dreadful decision-making and, most damningly, a severe lack of forward pressure.

    “Fundamentally, the skill errors got us,” Bolton said.

    “The intent was to use and share the ball but we probably took it a bit too far.”

    Carlton trailed by just eight points at the end of a heated first term but spent the remainder of the game on the back foot as the relentless Saints peppered the goals.

    Brilliant midfielder Patrick Cripps was typically prolific for the Blues, finishing with 35 disposals (23 contested), 10 clearances and a goal, while exciting young forward McKay (15 touches, seven marks) showed plenty of promise.

    But as has been the case throughout their season, the Blues had far too many passengers and the final margin flattered them.

    The AFL’s decision to hand the Blues four marquee Friday night timeslots has come under heavy criticism and Collingwood great Dane Swan didn’t miss the opportunity to stick the boot in.

    “Carlton should play on Monday arvo’s when everyone is at work so no one has to watch em. Floating fixture for Friday night games please,” Swan posted on Twitter.

    Jack Steven (33 disposals, two goals) led the way for the Saints, who lost defender Jimmy Webster to a groin injury for the final quarter.

    “From the first bounce, our hunt was really strong,” Saints coach Alan Richardson said.

    “I thought the guys were relentless in terms of getting after the opposition.”

    Blues defender Jed Lamb is likely to face match review scrutiny after he appeared to claw at the face of a prone Jade Gresham during the second quarter.

    It’s unclear whether Lamb made contact with Gresham’s eyes but a serious misconduct charge could see him referred directly to the tribunal.

    © AAP 2018

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    • July 14th 2018 @ 7:13am
      Slane said | July 14th 2018 @ 7:13am | ! Report

      I couldn’t hear what the commentators were saying about Bolton’s half-time and 3/4 time speeches but it certainly looked like he was imploring his players to show some fight in the second half. While the result was largely expected, the fact that the players looked so disinterested after what looked like a rousing speech is more than a little worrying.

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        July 14th 2018 @ 9:16pm
        Paul Dawson said | July 14th 2018 @ 9:16pm | ! Report

        Col, Macca – still scoffing at my claim that someone of Bolton’s limited stature and even more limited AFL experience isn’t going to be able to light a fire under these players?

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          July 15th 2018 @ 1:54am
          anon said | July 15th 2018 @ 1:54am | ! Report

          That was something I brought up on here. Stop stealing my ideas.

          I said that you can’t take Bolton seriously if you’re a 190cm 95kg player and have this little 165cm 70kg bloke who never played in the AFL getting up in your face screaming abuse, spittle flying.

          I wouldn’t even get angry having a little bloke get in my face like that I’d just smirk.

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      July 14th 2018 @ 8:25am
      Peter the Scribe said | July 14th 2018 @ 8:25am | ! Report

      Lucky the Saints didn’t kick straight. Cue more Carlton articles next week.

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      July 14th 2018 @ 8:39am
      gameofmarks said | July 14th 2018 @ 8:39am | ! Report

      I don’t know if I could suffer being a Carlton supporter.
      Bolton would make my skin crawl with the crap he dishes up each week post match.
      I think I would off myself with him as coach.
      It MUST be time they got rid of him surely.
      He doesn’t know what he is doing.

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      July 14th 2018 @ 9:06am
      DingoGray said | July 14th 2018 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      A Nightmare on Bourke Street Starring Brendan Bolton and his not so merry men.

      Performance that bad it scarred Kreuzer poor ticker!!!!

      Seriously Carlton need some help for Cripps. The workload he’s having to undertake is just unfair. No-one could blame if he took up an offer from the West.

      Not only does he have to get every clearance he also the 1st option at majority of kick outs.

      And what’s Bolton doing stick Curnow in the ruck for ? You don’t take the Ferrari grocery shopping!!!!!

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        July 14th 2018 @ 10:32am
        Rick Figjam said | July 14th 2018 @ 10:32am | ! Report

        Depends on how many Ferrari’s you got. Agree though, Bolton just appears like a man lost.

        Personally, I use adversity to advantage when determining ones character and future prospect. He has none.

        A future premiership coach does not allow this under any circumstance. They find ways to become competitive, despite the incompetence that surrounds. Their aura leads to those very people lifting around them, or being discarded by their authority – none of which poor Bolton has to succeed in the short or long-term.

        I’d look to Brad Scott and do a number on North, irrespective of the cost. Freo did it with Rosco, a great move and one I still believe will work out for them.

        Carlton need to regain their resolve and stop fearing risk-taking.

    • July 14th 2018 @ 9:10am
      Lyndsay said | July 14th 2018 @ 9:10am | ! Report

      I think Carlton are tanking. Why did they play so good against the enemy C’wood then deliver such crap footy against the cellar dwellers, Brisbane & St. Kilda. Then again they have always cheated to get to the top

      • July 14th 2018 @ 4:33pm
        Don Freo said | July 14th 2018 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

        Carlton don’t need to tank. They will finish bottom regardless of what they do now.

    • July 14th 2018 @ 9:48am
      Aransan said | July 14th 2018 @ 9:48am | ! Report

      No doubt Carlton will get the number 1 draft pick. This should be used to trade for some good big bodied mid-career players to assist Cripps and Charlie Curnow. Also, there are always a couple of players delisted by other clubs purely on age who are good for another year or so at the top level — James Kelly gave Essendon two good years and could have easily played on again this year. Carlton’s younger players need some more experienced players in their team who can assist in their development and winning a few games wouldn’t hurt either.

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        July 14th 2018 @ 10:18am
        gameofmarks said | July 14th 2018 @ 10:18am | ! Report

        Firstly they need a coach who knows what he is doing.
        It looks like Bolton is coaching by numbers
        And coaching the football instincts out of the players.

      • July 15th 2018 @ 9:02am
        Steve009 said | July 15th 2018 @ 9:02am | ! Report

        It has been the worst season I can remember as a Carlton supporter, but as negative as I can be all this doom and gloom stuff on the blues future is a little over the top at the moment.
        Carlton went into the season with an acknowledged lack of depth in the midfield. The lack of depth and maturity in our midfield, along with so many injuries, particularly to our defensive group has resulted in what we have seen this season.
        But honestly, if Carlton make the right moves in the offseason the improvement isn’t that far away.
        Our defensive unit looked pretty settled coming into the season, but injuries to Docherty, Williamson , Byrne, Marchbank and now Plowman has damaged the area of the ground which had been Carltons strength the last 2seasons.
        As for the forward line if Harry Mckay lives up to the potential he is teasing with, Carlton have their two key forwards in place for the next 10 years. Pickett (mostly injured) and Wright are quality small forwards, but Carlton need to upgrade Jed Lamb. When our midfield depth improves those players will also rotate through the forward line. I think the forward itself is less of a problem than the service it received from our midfield this season.

        • July 15th 2018 @ 9:33am
          Steve009 said | July 15th 2018 @ 9:33am | ! Report

          An uncompetitive midfield this season has put incredible pressure on an undermanned defense and provided poor service to the forward line.
          Carlton don’t need the complete overhaul many think, in fact a lot of the pieces are likely already in place. It’s simple for Carlton this off season fix the midfield and even in the midfield a lot of the pieces are already in place.
          Potential is a dirty word, but 23 and under Carlton have Cripps, Fisher, Cunningham, SPS, Dow, O’Brien and Kennedy. Sure not all of those players will reach the heights we hope, but that is a talented group of young midfielders. We could possibly be adding Sam Walsh to that list soon. That would be 7 highly rated young midfielders on the list.
          Potential is great, but of course Carlton need midfield help in the here and now . That is greatest failing of the list going into 2018, hopefully corrected for 2019. With the young group coming through and our current group of veterans the addition of 3 quality mature aged midfielders and an upgrade on Lamb would make a significant difference to Carltons fortunes in 2019. And they don’t have to be superstars, but they do need to be genuine competitors to bring that attitude to the club. With the young group coming through they also don’t need to be at the club more than a couple years. Free agents mean Carlton don’t have to trade existing assets.

          So 3 midfielders and a small forward. The question is which should we target and which players can we convince to come to the club?

          • July 15th 2018 @ 10:36am
            Kane said | July 15th 2018 @ 10:36am | ! Report

            Anthony Miles would be a great acquisition, he’s tough and finds a lot of the ball. He’d be great for Cripps. He would be picked in most sides in the league but unfortunately for him he’s playing for a club that has plenty of his type of players. He wouldn’t cost much either to get him. I played with his older brother years ago and they are a fantastic family and are of great character. He would be ideal for Carlton.

            • July 15th 2018 @ 12:52pm
              Steve009 said | July 15th 2018 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

              Miles should be at Carlton next year. I also think we should be looking at Jaryd Blair or Fasalo.
              Aaron Hall, despitethe knocks on the defensive aspect of his game? And of course Wallis from the Bulldogs, but that would cost us something.
              Then there will be the veteran free agents being pushed out of other clubs lists due to their age rather than ability that we don’t have to trade anything for

              • July 15th 2018 @ 1:20pm
                Kane said | July 15th 2018 @ 1:20pm | ! Report

                Wallis is a free agent and definitely no to Blair. Fasolo would be handy in the pocket but only at the right price and if he’s injury free. It’s going to be an interesting trade/free agency period for Carlton this year.

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                July 17th 2018 @ 12:11pm
                DingoGray said | July 17th 2018 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

                Injury Free? What like Pickett?

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