Pre-season was over and the Carlton Football Club started the 2016 AFL Season without a win but there was certainly something different about the team.
As a lover of football who can see past her own team to acknowledge the success and good play of other teams, I know I would have been very excited if I was a Carlton supporter.
You could see the difference in the players – they had a spring in their step and positivity they hadn't had for years.
Did they make mistakes? Of course but we know success is a marathon, not a sprint.
And yet success they had – more than any commentator would have thought because by June 2016, Carlton had 6 wins – a stat no one would have predicted based on what we saw from their performances in 2015.
So here's Part 2 of this story which looked at how the pre-season and new foundations actually translated on to the field on game day.The Journey Episode 2 – Inside the Reset of a Football ClubEpisode 1
looked at laying the foundations by establishing a new business culture, determining the strategy and structure moving forward, as well as the current and new players needed to start the re-building process.Key messages/phrases from Brendan Bolton
• Look after him
• When it's game day, you've got to get the job done
• Keep your bubbly personality at training, then switch on at game day
• Give yourself a clear head
• Show the world that's who we are – that we stand for something
• Effort for longer