Carlton V Richmond | Rnd 1
The Carltonians hosted our first match day function of the season on Thursday night when we faced Richmond in our traditional season opener at the MCG.
This was the first function in our new surrounds of the Ryder Room in the Southern Stand.
Our match day presenting partner was the Inaugural Carlton AFLW team, a sponsorship facilitated by passionate Carltonian Paul Cross.
To view the photography of our Round 1 function click here.
Carlton AFLW coach Damien Keeping was joined as a special guest by two of our AFLW players Gabrielle Pound & Madeleine Keryk who gave an insight into their first season at Carlton.
We were also joined by Kate Moloney, Captain of the Melbourne Vixens. Kate spoke about her journey to becoming a professional athlete and provided an understanding into what being an female athlete at national level was like.
On field we had our chances in the first half though crucial skill errors and turnovers to frequently gave Richmond the opportunity to hurt us on the scoreboard. We played an impressive third quarter though again some poor decision making and skill errors saw us fail to fully capitilise on our 5 goal to 2 quarter. Whilst competitive in the final term, Richmond powered over the top and held ascendancy to take out the game by 42 points.
Captain Marc Murphy led from the front all evening with a 35 possession game.
We can take away from the game some very encouraging performances by our young players.
18 year old Sam Petrovski-Seton in his first AFL game led the way with the most pressure acts for the game. Caleb Marchbank in his first Carlton game showed poise and class down back taking 8 marks. Jacob Weitering kicked three goals in a promising performance down forward against some top line tall defenders.
Brendan Bolton highlighted the efforts of our younger players though lamented our ball use.
"We had five teenagers, about seven [players] under 21, and three debutants," coach Brendon Bolton said.
"You saw our future and they weren't totally intimidated.
"We've got to tidy up our ball use, as some turnovers hurt us the other way, but I think you saw our future."
The boys will be looking to have a strong week on the training field as the focus turns to next Sundays match against Melbourne at the MCG (an away game).
Our next Carltonians function is vs Essendon on Sunday April 9th. Carltonian members can book their entitled and guest passes for this match and all other matches for the season here.