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Carlton's first-quarter starts are hurting them

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17th June, 2020

Carlton need to fix their first-quarter starts quickly.

Carlton’s 2020 finals hopes are slipping away quickly as the Blues have started the 2020 AFL season with zero wins and two losses.

The main problem for David Teague’s Blues is their slow first-quarter starts, which have been occurring since David Teague took over from Brendon Bolton’s role after he was sacked. David Teague took over as senior interim coach and was then appointed as the senior coach later in the season.

Under David Teague the Blues have won three of their 13 first quarters and this is simply unacceptable.

The main question is why are Carlton not performing in the first quarters? Is it to do with their pre-game preparation? Whatever it is, they must fix it immediately.

David Teague

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Carlton are playing a terrible brand of footy in their first quarters in 2020. However, in their second, third and fourth quarters they have played good footy, which is good enough against any team in the competition.

However if they wish to provide the Carlton faithful with happiness again they will need to simply fix their first-quarter starts as the AFL is a better competition with Carlton up and firing.

They simply need to address their first-quarter starts and they will have a greater chance of getting wins under their belt in the 2020 season.


The Blues need to work very hard on improving their first-quarter starts and it starts this weekend against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium. If Carlton don’t start well they will get demolished by Geelong and it will be game over very quickly.

Teague’s Blues are good enough. If they fix their slow first-quarter starts and play four quarters of their best footy, they will have a chance of being an unstoppable club.

Carlton’s senior coach David Teague is very well respected within the AFL industry and he will work very hard to make sure that Carlton address their first-quarter starts and that they get back to playing their fantastic brand of footy.

Carlton need to address this problem as soon as they possibly can or their hopes of making the finals in 2020 are slipping away quickly.