Carlton’s road to nowhere

It was supposed to be getting better. Four off-seasons with Stephen Silvagni overseeing the rejuvenation of the list. Brendon Bolton in his fourth season as senior coach. Instead Bolton was sacked on Monday after just one win in 2019, and three heavy losses in the last five weeks seemingly hastening his fate. But to understand … Continue reading Carlton’s road to nowhere

Paul Ahern, delayed debuts, and North Melbourne’s list strategy

Paul Ahern’s first eight AFL games have been remarkable considering the circumstances. Drafted in 2014 at pick seven, all of 2015 in the NEAFL, two knee reconstructions in 2016, all of 2017 dedicated to rehab, and then a VFL apprenticeship in 2018. It meant Ahern made his debut at 21 years of age during his … Continue reading Paul Ahern, delayed debuts, and North Melbourne’s list strategy