I thought it appropriate to acknowledge the contribution Lods has made to our Carlton Supporters Club as he begins life as a retired moderator.
I understand that Lods became a moderator shortly after Noah’s flood and he has been instrumental in keeping CSC members on track ever since. I think that an effective moderator is rarely noticed, except by those who transgress, and I believe that Lods has been outstanding in performing his role with the minimum of fuss. We will miss his calm and thoughtful approach to keeping CSC a happy place for supporters of the mighty Blues.
It’s not all doom and gloom; Lods will continue to contribute and share in the resurgence of our great club,
The better half and I thought we would take in the Northern Bellarine Arts Trail today and it was well worthwhile.
Our first stop was Bennet’s Winery where we enjoyed a delicious platter of cheeses, smoked fish and eel and cured meats (and a cheeky ?). The works of art were displayed around the venue and one that caught my eye was “Old Foes”. It depicted Carlton and Collingwood players involved in a melee and it captured the scene really well. I couldn’t recognise any players but numbers 13 and 43 were prominent. The umpires were in contemporary colours so it’s meant to be a fairly modern scene.
It really did capture the rivalry and atmosphere of a Carlton-Collingwood clash and I was tempted to buy it. However, the thought of having Collingwood colours on one of my walls put me off ... as did the price tag.
Anyway, if you happen to be on or near the Bellarine tomorrow, drop in to Bennet’s and check out “Old Foes”.
Alleged list management guru, Chris Pelchen, has cast his eye over all 18 lists and he doesn't see a great deal of improvement from us this season as well as a slow climb back up the ladder:
17. CARLTON It's become a perennial question – will Carlton be any better this year? While there has been much said and written about the Blues in recent years, with most of the commentary being negative, they are on the right track. Rebuilding a player list that had decayed to the extent of Carlton's was always going to be a huge task. Although it's reasonable to query some of the club's list decisions during the past four to five years, their overall direction is sound – albeit it's taking a considerable amount of time to bear fruit. And it's going to take a considerable amount more time. The Blues are still three to four years from being a finals contender again. But with the likes of Patrick Cripps, Charlie Curnow, Jacob Weitering, Caleb Marchbank, Paddy Dow, Sam Petrevski-Seton and Zac Fisher, they are building the foundations of a talented team. The arrival of Mitch McGovern and No.1 draftee Sam Walsh provides even greater reason to believe that the ship has been righted. Expect another challenging year for the Blues in 2019 but look beyond the now and focus on the horizon – it's more than just an oasis.
Movement from 2018 rankings: no movement (17th) Three-year projected list ranking (2022): 10th
My previous attempt at the Madigan Line across the northern Simpson Desert in 2016 failed because the desert was more lake than desert. This year the Simpson has received its normal low rainfall but heavy rain from further north has got the Cooper and other watercourses flowing. That suggests that we'll have normal desert conditions to contend with when my companions and I have another go at the Madigan Line.
The trip starts on Sunday and I'll be away for three weeks. It will be ironic if we get a couple of wins while I'm away
As usual, I will be relying on CSC posters to keep me up to date with what's happening at our great club, even if I don't get to read your posts for a couple of weeks after the event.
Last season's skipper Lauren Arnell and Sarah Hosking will be joint vice-captains.
The article on the club website says that the appointments followed an exhaustive process and I think that we are now taking a much more analytical and performance-based approach to leadership.
I really like the idea of Lauren Arnell, our inaugural captain, being made vice-captain. I reckon she will be a great support to Brianna and it also recognises that her leadership attributes haven't evaporated.
It seems to have flown under the radar but we have secured a VFLW licence.
According to Damien Keeping:
“We’re incredibly pleased to have been granted a VFLW licence for the 2018 season, which will further strengthen our pathways to develop young talent coming through the ranks in women’s football,” Keeping said.
“The VFLW program will work alongside our senior women’s side, meaning there will be a strong continuity and alignment for our players in the program.
“Being awarded a licence is a further show of faith that Carlton is genuine in its approach to women’s football and we’re delighted to only strengthen that commitment with a VFLW side in 2018 and beyond.”
Collingwood, Essendon, Richmond and St Kilda have also been granted licences and the Victoria University Western Spurs will become the Western Bulldogs.
Not bad for a club that supposedly is no longer one of the "Big 4"