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FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 JUST FOOTY 27 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Carlton's Chris Judd battles against Geelongs Joel Selwood Picture: GEORGE SALPIGTIDIS Doghouse for Malthouse THIS is just getting downright ugly. Mick Malthouses direct rebuke yesterday of the clubs public declaration it was rebuilding reeks of wilful disobedience. It was a bold smackdown, a middle finger raised in defiance from a coach of 32 years to a president of just 11 months. Malthouse yesterday used his press conference to argue the term rebuild was a big hurdle to overcome mentally for his players. If true, what does it say about the mental strength of players prepared to drop their bundle when a premiership dream evaporates? But even if that were factual Malthouse shouldnt admit it, instead embracing the message Carlton can aggressively turn around its fortunes by a swift refurbishment and renovation. Carlton had to admit to its members exactly what path it was on a patient and methodical rebuild to prosperity. The alternative is to lie to them about how swimmingly everything is going. Imagine the lunacy of that. Supporters are smart they know the score and to deceive them only further disenchants an angry and frustrated supporter base. Everyone has made mistakes in the execution of that message. The rebuild message could have waited a month, the CEO shouldnt have wondered if Mick had the passion and made his age an issue, the president should have immediately ruled out trading captain Marc Murphy. But it had to be said in plain and stark terms. Instead of at least a pretence of unity, Malthouse is going to go out his way at Carlton as he did at Collingwood, and we all know how that ended. Collingwood knew Malthouse would not stay on as a coaching director the minute he started talking about other teams sharing Anzac Day with the Pies and Essendon. It smacked of Malthouse thumbing his nose at Eddie McGuire and Gary Pert, and by the time he took The Footy Shows cash to talk about his succession plan any lingering question mark was erased. Malthouse was going down swinging, whatever the cost. Mick is a fighter who sees the term rebuild as a dirty word, but do you think St Kilda and Western Bulldogs players are unhappy with their public rebuilds? Just seven rounds into the season the latest spotfire is another reminder why Malthouse cannot coach out the year. Thankfully Carltons sponsors are sticking fat, Hyundai locked away long term and Mars out this year expected to recommit. But at some stage the club needs that circuit-breaker Leigh Matthews spoke about to try to salvage something from the season. Right now the jungle drums say key forward Lachie Henderson is going to Geelong. Could a caretaker coach without the distractions and 10 games to work with get some players back in form and make Carlton a more appealing package for Henderson? Mick says no free agents want to come to Carlton but all of Port Adelaide, Melbourne, Richmond and the Suns have secured free agents when out of the top eight. The only guarantee is if the rot continues with mixed messages and poor performances and Mick and the powerbrokers sparring Carlton will be at a new rock bottom by Round 23. JON RALPH Demons kit gets Centralian flavour MELBOURNES specially designed jumper for the AFL Indigenous Round clash against Port Adelaide in Alice Springs on May 30 has a distinctive Central Australian touch. The design was inspired by Pikilyi, the waterhole at Nyirripi, 440km northwest of Alice Springs. It features the work of Nyirripi artist Ursula Napangardi Hudson and shows the Pikilyi waterhole, which is significant to the Nyirripi people. The Demons received support from the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation (Artists of Yuendumu), including Cecily Granites, the grandmother of former Demon and Yuendumu product Liam Jurrah, to organise the design of the jumper. Melbourne has sought and received permission to have both the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal flags displayed on the jumper. They have also included the names of every indigenous player who has played at the club. Bunbury-bred defender Neville Jetta is pictured in the jumper (right) that he hopes to wear in Central Australia in the coming days. Port Adelaide unveiled its third indigenous jumper last week, designed by star midfielder Chad Wingard, his parents Julie and Trevor and grandmother Barbara. Tickets for the big game can be purchased online at your centre.com.au or through the box office on 8980 3333. They are also available from Hot Stuff 4 The Sporting Buff, Intersport, Lasseters and The Paper Shoppe. 60 GAME ON FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 ADVERTISER.COM.AU ADVE01Z01MA - V0 GEELONG CATS V CARLTON 7.20 TONIGHT AT ETIHAD STADIUM P GEELONG CATS WIN $1.18 CARLTON I WIN $4.85 INTERCHANGE M.Blicavs 46 C.Guthrie 29 S.Kersten 39 J.Thurlow 40 EMERGENCIES S.Blease 12 J.Kolodjashnij 8 J.Walker 34 IN: GEELONG: Kelly, Mackie, Hawkins. CARLTON: Simpson, Jones, Buckley, Cripps. OUT: GEELONG: Blease, Duncan (foot), Walker. CARLTON: Ellard, Watson, Jaksch, Dick. INTERCHANGE T.Bell 28 S.Docherty 15 L.Casboult 41 A.Everitt 33 EMERGENCIES D.Ellard 46 N.Graham 32 R.Warnock 11 T.Lonergan 13 L.Jones 14 J.Rivers 25 T.Menzel 2 J.Bews 24 P.Cripps 9 J.Kelly 9 D.Armfield 27 C.Enright 44 B.Gibbs 4 H.Taylor 7 J.Tutt 22 R.Stanley 1 C.Wood 36 S.Johnson 20 A.Carrazzo 44 A.Mackie 4 D.Thomas 39 M.Stokes 27 K.Simpson 6 J.Caddy 23 M.Murphy 3 J.Selwood 14 C.Judd 5 S.Motlop 32 Z.Tuohy 42 M.Clark 19 C.Yarran 13 J.Murdoch 21 E.Curnow 35 C.Gregson 28 D.Buckley 7 D.Lang 11 S.White 43 T.Hawkins 26 S.Rowe 17 TV Fox Footy, Channel 7 RADIO FIVEaa, ABC891, TripleM LAST TIME Rd.21 2014 Geelong 11.16 (82) d Carlton 11.10 (76) at ES. Unlucky 13 no issue: Mick FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS CARLTON will be looking to snap a losing streak that dates back to 2002 when it takes on Geelong at Etihad Stadium tonight. The Cats have beaten the Blues in all 13 encounters between the two sides at the venue, but coach Mick Malthouse believes there are no lessons to be learned from that lopsided record. I cant change it, Malthouse said yesterday. We havent looked at those 13 games - thats the last thing Id do. I dont think its worth going back to last year, thats set in concrete - theyre done. Its only relevant if weve (both) got the same 22 (players), which we clearly havent. What we do is go back over the last four weeks and see how theyre travelling and how were travelling. Carlton last defeated Geelong in 2010 when it prevailed by 36 points in the round five clash at the MCG. The 13th-placed Cats have struggled for consistency this season, but the Blues simply arent travelling well. Malthouses side is bottom of the table with just one win after seven rounds and the coach admitted the Bules had been uncompetitive in periods of games. Carlton was thumped by GWS to the tune of 78 points last week, but Malthouse denied his players werent working hard enough. I think we misinterpret getting thrashed as no effort (from the players), he said. All our data to come back from last week (says) we worked hard. We chased and did far greater kilometres per player and also efforts ... than in any other game. Geelong is coming off a 43point loss at the hands of Sydney, which livewire midfielder Steven Motlop said was due largely to lapses in their defen sive efforts across the ground late in the game. But while the 3-4 Cats are yet to hit their straps this season, Motlop said confidence remained high at the club. We think against any opposition our best form is good enough, Motlop said. So after the loss last week weve had a good training ses sion on the track, and weve learned a few things and worked on our game-style. Well be coming out firing. Carlton last night made four changes to last weeks side, bringing in midfielders Patrick Cripps and Kade Simpson, key forward Liam Jones and defender Dylan Buckley. The four players who make way, David Ellard, Matthew Watson, Kristian Jaksch and Matthew Dick were all dropped. Geelong regained premiership players Andrew Mackie, James Kelly and Tom Hawkins, dropping Josh Walker and Sam Blease while midfielder Mitch Duncan is sidelined with a foot injury. JASON PHELAN MELBOURNE RETURN: Carlton onballer Patrick Cripps trains yesterday. Picture: WAYNE LUDBEY Number of AFL umpires Maxed out GRUMPY OLD MEN THE AFL is contemplating having another field umpire in the action and appointing four officials for each game. If such a move goes ahead, no doubt former Test cricket and SANFL umpire Max OConnell will be among those annoyed. OConnell, the lone umpire in the 1967 SANFL grand final, would go back to the two umpire system if he had his way. You go for two and go for quality, OConnell said. You add another one and it lessens the quality. With the three umpires there is a lot of inconsistency. OConnell played league football with Port Adelaide and Sturt as well as grade cricket with Port Adelaide. There were 66,897 fans packed into Adelaide Oval when he officiated in the 1967 SANFL decider between the Double Blues and Magpies. He umpired 19 cricket Tests and made his debut in the Fifth Test between Australia and England at the MCG while his eight Tests in Melbourne included the 1977 Centenary Test. OConnell is the only person to have umpired Test matches and interstate football games in Melbourne, hav ing controlled the 1967 and 1971 battles between Victoria and Western Australia. And now he is offering his thoughts on footy for The Advertiser. HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEW ON ADVERTISER.COM.AU FROM MIDDAY WARREN PARTLAND Pendles simple plan SCOTT Pendlebury says Collingwood must eradicate the costly lapses in concentration that have stalled the Magpies season. Collingwoods impressive start to the campaign has been soured by losses to Geelong and Richmond in the past fortnight with Nathan Buckleys side conceding bursts of unanswered goals in each match. Pendlebury said the Pies werent over-complicating the issue before them. Its a pretty simple solution - just win the footy, Pendlebury said yesterday. Just win the footy back and be composed when we do get it back. Weve been in games, but when you give sides run ons that big it gives them a lot of confidence to know that their brand of footy is working. We just need to address those run-ons and find a way to make them two or threegoal run-ons before we get our next goal. Pendlebury will play his 200th AFL game when the Pies take on Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday and the 27-year-old admitted the milestone had crept up on him. When you start your career you always get told that it flies by, he said. It probably means Ive played more games than Ive got left, but Id like to think Ive got another 200 in me. (But) what Ive done in the past means nothing this week. JASON PHELAN AFL PREMIERSHIP ROUND 8 P W D L For Agst Stk Chg % Pts Fremantle 7 7 0 0 663 459 7W - 144.44 28 West Coast 7 5 0 2 750 479 4W - 156.58 20 Sydney 7 5 0 2 616 472 2W U1 130.51 20 Adelaide 7 5 0 2 707 572 2W U1 123.6 20 GWS 7 5 0 2 673 573 2W U1 117.45 20 Hawthorn 7 4 0 3 800 523 1W U2 152.96 16 Collingwood 7 4 0 3 637 529 2L D4 120.42 16 Western Bulldogs 7 4 0 3 616 616 2L D1 100 16 North Melbourne 7 4 0 3 656 657 2W - 99.85 16 Richmond 7 3 0 4 614 598 1W U3 102.68 12 Essendon 7 3 0 4 508 554 2L - 91.7 12 Port Adelaide 7 3 0 4 572 634 2L D2 90.22 12 Geelong 7 3 0 4 555 661 1L D1 83.96 12 St Kilda 7 2 0 5 576 712 1L - 80.9 8 Melbourne 7 2 0 5 459 682 3L - 67.3 8 Brisbane 7 2 0 5 488 732 2W U2 66.67 8 Gold Coast 7 1 0 6 553 751 2L D1 73.64 4 Carlton 7 1 0 6 522 761 3L D1 68.59 4 QUALITY: Former umpire Max O'Connell. Picture: TOM HUNTLEY 7:10pm at TIO Stadium 4 July 2015 Tickets on sale at www.yourcentre.com.au