The Carlton Blues are unbeaten after two round of the 2017 season.
It is, however, the AFLW version of the Blues of which we are speaking, and whilst we could be saying the same thing of the men’s side in the not too distant future, it does not seem all that likely, given that it took those Blues until round five of the 2016 AFL season to secure their first victory. That win came at the expense of the Fremantle Dockers. Neither side was at risk for nosebleeds from climbing too high on the ladder, so the results of the women thus far have been cheering to the northern Melbourne suburb.
The Blues delivered a 13-point win over Greater Western Sydney at Ikon Park in a game where the momentum was swinging back and forth from the first bounce to the final siren, but skipper Lauren Arnell expressed the thought that her side’s pre-season preparations laid a groundwork that developed mutual trust betwixt the players and enabled them to surge to the fore in the latter stages of the game.
Adding the 13-point Blues’ victory margin to that of the men’s side loss to GWS in round 14 of last season’s by 62 equals a 75-point differential by our math.
Much to their credit, the bulk of the men’s side was there to provide encouragement to the women’s.