2015 SummaryCarlton fans may have had their hearts broken in 2014, but a pretty severe list clean-up and some potentially astute trading had us all thinking - could the team turn up the volume in 2015?
Unfortunately, the volume was to come from the Blues' supporters, rather than from the team's on-field performance. It started in round 1 with a loss to Richmond in the season opener, then an horrific last three quarters in round 2 led to the volume increasing in to a wail of pain for the clubs' half a million (or so) fans. Some solace came from a good last quarter in an otherwise meek round 3 loss to the Bombers, but by early May the team was last on the League ladder with one win from eight starts. What the hell was going on?
Shortly after this seventh loss, the Club appeared to implode in some form of media game between Malthouse and the Club. Would a coaching contract be extended, was the club rebuilding.... and lots of finger pointing. As it happened Malthouse was sacked shortly afterwards and Assistant Coach John Barker took over.
With the season a disaster already, what could the Blues salvage from the year? The attention turned to the positive as youngsters shone and a new modern game plan based on defensive support and hard running took over. Young Blues Nick Graham and Patrick Cripps came to the fore as the Blues sought to transition their list and improve the output. We even managed a couple of wins in a row! Alas the season petered out as it begun - miserably....
A mid season hiatus with a new Coach aside, the Blues were smashed in a series of losses to end the season, and when the Lions beat the Dogs on Round 23, Carlton had won our fourth Wooden Spoon and ended the season with serious concerns over our list management abilities. Alas, a new President, a new CEO and a new Coach were on hand - what would the future hold?
People of 2015President : Mark LoGiudice
Senior Coaches : Mick Malthouse / John Barker
Assistant / Development Coaches : Robert Wiley (Director of Development & Coaching), Dean Laidley (Midfield), John Barker (Backline), Brad Green (Forwards), Mathew Capuano (Ruck/Development), Michael Osborne (Development), Luke Webster ( VFL - Northern Blues).
Captain : Marc Murphy
Leadership Group : Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Michael Jamison, Lachlan Henderson, Sam Rowe
MilestonesDebuts : Clem Smith, Ciaran Byrne, Blaine Boekhorst, Matthew Dick, Tom Fields, Bradley Walsh
Club Debuts : Kristian Jaksch, Liam Jones, Jason Tutt, Mark Whiley
Rising Star Nominees : Patrick Cripps
200 Games : Marc Murphy
150 Goals : Marc Murphy
Retirements : Chris Judd, Andrew Carrazzo, David Ellard
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