DOES Carlton even need Brendan Fevola?
Some Blues fans would be asking that question after pounding Richmond in defence and up forward in the Blues’ 56-point win over the Tigers in the season opener at the MCG on Thursday night.
Setanta O’hAilpin, Eddie Betts and Chris Yarran kicked three goals each in a solid display, while stand in skipper Andrew Carrazzo amassed 40 disposals.
Heath Scotland, Kade Simpson and Brock McLean were also brilliant in the stoppages in the 18.12 (120) to 9.10 (64) win in front of 72,010 fans.
“Today we had that nice spread of three blokes getting three goals which is fantastic for us,” Ratten said.
“I think it just makes us a little bit more unpredictable. It is only one game that we’ve had the success with that so the challenge now is to back that up.”
“Today, they were fairly switched on,” Ratten said.
“Right at the start of the game we needed to put our mark on the game and I thought McLean and Carrazzo really got around the footy and did a great job.
“I thought our communication … was fantastic and maybe that’s part of leadership that’s grown within the team over the summer period. They’re taking responsibility and accountability and I thought it was a really big tick considering too that Chris didn’t play.
“It was a great start for us as a team and now the challenge for us with Chris still out of the team is to back that performance up. I think it’s going to be interesting [to see] how we respond mid-week.”