What you missed on TV last night

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AS the fallout from Round 3 continued, Carlton was the main focus.

The Blues' horror loss to Essendon on Sunday night overshadowed almost everything that came before it.

Respected journalist Gerard Whateley summed up the situation surrounding Visy Park in his introduction.

"It's the type of loss that exposes all levels of the club," he said.

Herald Sun chief football writer Mark Robinson said there needed to be some big decisions made around the club regarding the Blues' future.

"It makes you assess the decisions of the past and start to question the future," he said.

"Just 30 games ago, Carlton beat Essendon by 96 points and one week later Brett Ratten was sacked, after the Gold Coast game.

"They lose to Melbourne ... God, almighty."

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The conversation then shifted to the Brisbane Lions, who lost the QClash to rivals the Gold Coast Suns for the first time in six matches.

Robinson said the game was over almost as soon as it started.

"I thought the game was over two minutes into the game, the way Brisbane were playing," he said.

"I actually turned the game off in the last quarter, I was so disappointed.

"When (Daniel Rich) went down on the weekend - they haven't got a power forward beside Jonathan Brown and he can't touch the ball - I just thought ..."

"This is really hard to say, but Jonathan Brown is finished.

"He can't get away on the lead. He's just playing on heart ... and the delivery is so poor."

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■GERARD questioned whether the match review panel had once again delivered the wrong verdict after Lion Daniel Merrett was handed a two-week ban for a swinging arm to David Swallow's head.

After Nat Fyfe received two weeks for an accidental high bump and Shaun McKernan got the same penalty for a deliberate elbow to the head of Brad Sheppard last year, Whateley called on the AFL to appeal to the tribunal.

"It's manifestly inadequate," he said.

"The AFL should send this to the tribunal tomorrow and ask 'is this manifestly inadequate'.

"The AFL didn't like the McKernan result last year and they gave themselves extra powers and they must simply use them.

"I've got this in the 3-4 (weeks) region."

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■NORTH Melbourne defender Nathan Grima was Monday's special guest and reflected on the Kangaroos' gutsy win over Port Adelaide on Sunday.

"We needed it, didn't we, after last year," he said.

"We knew Port finish well and we've had a big pre-season. At the end of the game, I think we were still running across the ground better than Port.

"You look at the Essendon game and we were smashed off the park, after that, we went back to basics.

"The Bulldogs game wasn't a great spectacle but we scrapped it out. Then we got the balance right against Port.

■ESSENDON coach Mark Thompson and Melbourne mentor Paul Roos then came in to discuss their respective results.

Roos addressed the Demons' loss to Greater Western Sydney and the team's final quarter fade out.

"We're at the stage where we're teaching the non-negotiables of footy," he said.

"You're trying to get to where Geelong started, to where Hawthorn started.

"That's where we are, the starting point. We're at a completely different stage.

Robinson asked Roos if skill errors or lack of effort was more difficult to deal with, pointing out the exchange with defender Dean Terlich after he made a glaring error.

"You can cop the skill errors. What you need to bring is effort for 120 minutes, knowing you're going to make mistakes," he said.

"For 91 minutes we were good but we have to concentrate on the 21 minutes we weren't.

"There's frustrating, players don't not try, so we've got to figure out why they are dropping off.

"(On Dean Terlich) Sometimes it's premeditated, I knew walking off the bench what I was going to do.

"He's been terrific but in that moment he did the wrong thing and I needed to reinforce that.

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■ROBBO said be believed Richmond hadn't regressed from last season despite the loss to the Western Bulldogs

"No ( they haven't regressed), they've got some mental issues.

"It's not the sign of a good team. They need to iron that out and get some consistency - not between games - but between quarters."


CARLTON was once again at the top of the agenda with Jason Dunstall saying the club lacked depth across the board.

"I think the toughest and most confusion is where you're at as a club and I don't think Carlton have that right," he said.

"I think they've got some serious issues. They're lacking midfield depth and key position depth. I think they need to rebuild.

"I'm not seeing enough from their senior players.

"The greatest indictment for me was when Brendon Goddard was getting into Dylan Buckley ... there should have been 3 or 4 blokes straight in the face of BG, telling him you can't do that to one of ours.

Respected journalist Mike Sheahan concurred saying Mick Malthouse was brought in to deliver a premiership but didn't have the cattle.

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"They appointed Mick Malthouse to win a premiership. The Malthouse polish was going to take this group to a premiership," he said.

Injured Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer gave an exclusive interview to Sheahan, saying he didn't feel hard done by despite a horror run with injuries.

"Hopefully (the foot) is all fixed now," he said.

" I went in last year and had the surgery on my fifth metatarsal ... I got through the pre-season but it flared up when I started playing games.

"We ended up biting the bullet and going in to get it fixed.

■BROWNLOW Medallist Gerard Healy then moved to Fremantle's heavy defeat to Hawthorn in the Grand Final rematch on Friday night.

"I don't think the Dockers brought their effort at all. They weren't working," he said.

"I don't think this group has mentally committed to this season yet.

"For me, it wreaks of runners-up hangover. They've reached the summit without drinking from the Cup and haven't committed yet."

The Adelaide Crows were also disappointing in a loss to Sydney.

Dunstall said the team looked unfit.

"Their starts have been poor, their finishes have been poor. They're getting absolutely smashed by the opposition," he said.

"They're going backwards, backwards, backwards ... and they just end up kicking to a contest and it comes back.

■WESTERN Bulldogs coach Brendon McCartney was the special guest after a fantastic win over Richmond.

McCartney said he was pleased his players stood up when challenged in the fourth quarter.

"(Richmond) are a very good team and to their credit that were able to come back and their high-end talent took over," he said.

"To our credit, we were able to work back into it.

"It was a great day for our club. It's only Round 3 but we had our VFL team have a win and we ground out the win."

"I did challenge some players after the North Melbourne game. We did ask for more - not magical things - but just help each other out.

"(We'll approach the GWS game) the same as every week. They're much improved and have added the maturity.

"Our young boys are on the right path and will get a great opportunity to build a career together.

"We're building something we think is going to be good too."

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■THE boys finished by having a look at the Tigers, with Sheahan sharing some very strong views on their immediate future and current struggles.

"Jack Riewoldt. He had three touches in the first half and the Tigers were out of the game. He had a brilliant second half and they almost pinched it," he said.

"Dustin Martin doesn't work hard enough. You see what he can do maybe four or five times a game instead of 15.

"Trent Cotchin - for mine - doesn't kick enough goals. He kicked the first one but missed important goals at key times.

"Brett Deledio is a nice player but he's not a match-winner. When the game is there to be won, he doesn't get it done."

"Ty Vickery is the key domino in all this. They want to make him a player, even at the expense of Jack Riewoldt, which I just don't understand.


GARRY Lyon called it a horror night for the Carlton Football Club.

Caroline Wilson said the decision to sack Brett Ratten in favour of Mick Malthouse would come back to haunt the club.

"The decision to sack Brett Ratten and hire Mick Malthouse to win a premiership will come back to haunt them," she said.

"You've got to ask the question - a man who turns 61 later this season - is he the man to rebuild this football club.

"It's one thing to rebuild at Collingwood 10 years ago, it's quite another thing at Carlton."

Blues president Stephen Kernahan said he expected a better performance from the players against Melbourne.

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"We were ordinary and to tell you the truth it could have been more," he said

"The last think I'm worrying about is if we're being coached well.

"I am (angry). I was angry last week and the week before. We just didn't represent the club well last night.

"I fully expect Mick to shape the side and I fully expect us to be better than last night.

"I expect our blokes to come out on Sunday night firing and snarling. I expect it and want it."

Former Essendon spearhead Matthew Lloyd said he had concerns about the Blues leadership.

"I've got grave concerns for their leadership. I want to know what Marc Murphy has to offer," he said.

"James Ashby - a first game player - walked up and chested Murphy.

"He wouldn't do that to Joel Selwood because Selwood would have come at him so hard. Murphy can't let some guy just try and walk over him."


FRESH from his Sunday night heroics, Essendon's Paul Chapman was the special guest.

The former Geelong premiership player said he wasn't expecting to play every game as he looks to stay injury free this season.

"I'd like to play every week but I don't think it would be good for me to do that," Chapman said.

"It might be this week, hopefully not, it might be the St Kilda game, not too sure.

"I just need to keep backing up and getting ready and it will be the coach's call."

While Collingwood spearhead Travis Cloke is under pressure after a slow start to the season, he got some support from AFL great Wayne Carey.

Carey said the Magpies were being too predictable kicking to Cloke in one-on-one situations.

"He is a bit of a victim of his own strength," Carey said.

"He's been down, hasn't been all his fault, they haven't used him well and they've gone to him at times when they shouldn't have gone to him."

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