‘Achieved absolutely nothing’: Brutal Blues brutal bake amid call for selection pivot

Carlton was given a “little reality check” after losing to the Giants in a dramatic turnaround on Saturday night, when the Blues surrendered a 39-point lead.

Achieved absolutely nothing': Brutal Blues brutal bake amid call for selection pivot : r/AFL

Michael Voss’ team scored eight goals in the first quarter of the ENGIE Stadium game before GWS fully turned the tables, achieving the second-best stoppage performance (11.4.70) in the last five years.

It ended the second-placed Blues’ five-game winning streak, which had emerged as the biggest challenger to Sydney in the championship race, and reduced their lead to just half a game over Fremantle and Essendon.

Despite Carlton’s roster being packed with stars who could be All-Australians this year, senior Herald Sun reporter Mark Robinson reminded the Blues that they have “achieved nothing yet” with their present crop.

“What happened?” Did you think about ’39? (points up) I may run over there (ahead). “We’ve got this,” Robinson stated on Fox Footy’s AFL 360.

“The Carlton team has yet to achieve anything. Absolutely nothing.

“They have some fantastic and good players. Great players win premierships; genuinely great players win numerous premierships.

“They’ve done nothing this mob, and I believe this is a reminder to the players…” to say: ‘Hey, the red carpet is not just thrown out for you every week to turn up and say, ‘We’re more talented, we’ll do it.’

“It’s a mental game. So, what happened? They presumably thought they had crossed the boundary.”

Last year, the Blues competed in finals for the first time since 2013 and advanced to a preliminary final before being eliminated by Brisbane.

Carlton’s last championship triumph came in 1995, and the team has not been in a grand final since 1999.

On Fox Footy’s The First Crack, Saints great Leigh Montagna suggested that they may have overestimated their success.

“I’m not too concerned; I believe their game is in excellent shape.

“Maybe just a good little reminder, if you take the foot off the gas ever so slightly, anyone can trounce you.”

Dual Premiership Kangaroo Meanwhile, David King believes the Blues should bring back Marc Pittonet to support Tom De Koning in the ruck.

King suggested Voss take another look at the dual-ruck setup in the last seven home and away rounds to ensure he had the best blend for September.

“Pittonet is in this team for me because the ruck rule has changed… do you go with two ruckmen or one?,” he stated on The First Crack.

“They need Pittonet there. Because if De Koning can’t get it done at clearance in terms of tapwork, they’re on another squad.

“You’ve got (seven) weeks to have a look.”


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