After just eight round of the 2016 season, whilst the Dockers seem to have lost all semblance of the form that found them on top last season, the Carlton Blues view with favour the fact that they have already won as many games, four, as they did the entire 2015 season.
If the Blues can continue the current pace for the remaining 15 rounds, they project to win at least half their games, well as close to half of 23 as is possible, opening a window to the finals that saw teams with 13 wins qualifying for the post-season.
Blues coach Brendon Bolton credits the improvement with, in his words, an “emotional connection” that is causing the team to play as a unit, rather than a collection of individuals whose only concern is where the next big contract will be found.
Carlton has also improved on defense and is limiting the opposition to fewer than 90 points per game. A twenty-point improvement in this department is certain to add to team cohesiveness. Scoring is also taken a stride ahead, as the Blues kicked 29 goals in the past two rounds.
With four consecutive wins following the four consecutive losses to begin the season, Carlton’s fortunes for the season should still be considered as enigmatic.