Carlton coach Michael Voss hails end to Adelaide Oval hoodoo

Defeating a South Australian team at Adelaide Oval for the first time was on Carlton coach Michael Voss’s to-do list as part of the “transformation” his team is going through in their quest for ultimate success.

The Blues ended their ground-based shenanigans earlier this season with a last-gasp win over Fremantle in the Gather Round, but had not beaten Port Adelaide or the Adelaide Crows at the venue in seven previous attempts before a powerful final quarter in Thursday night’s impressive finale. road victory against Porto.

“Part of our transformation as a team over the last two or three years is that there have been a number of records that we’ve had to try to change,” Voss said.

“Clearly the results have not been in our favor over a period of time as a club, so there are some of these types of records that are not in the right direction for us.

“But gradually we have been able to create that transformation, to be able to create that coherence that we are trying to have not only as a football team but as a football club.

“So, wins like this go into that bucket a little bit.

“It’s just that little signature moment where a record that’s been there or a story that’s been there is no longer a factor.

“We certainly don’t see it that way anymore.

“We tend to look at the way we play, we don’t play on the field, we play against opponents and we want to play a certain way.”

Sam Walsh and Patrick Cripps inspired the eight-goal final-quarter blitz that improved Carlton’s record to 8-4, Walsh picking up 10 of his 33 possessions and the skipper scoring two goals in the first three minutes of the season.

“I thought (our final quarter) was a payoff for a lot of the game,” Voss said.

“I don’t tend to dive into statistics a lot, but there were a lot of them in our favor.

“The game we were trying to play was kind of in our favor, we had a couple of parts that weren’t exactly what we needed, I thought (Jason) Horne-Francis was particularly impressive, so clearance wasn’t necessarily in the cards. our direction.

“But the profile of this team is evolving and changing… we are not one-dimensional.

“Even though some of our play may not have gone the way we wanted, the guys were able to make a correction and we started working in the fourth quarter.

“(Cripps) really believes in it… we weren’t going to stop, we had to keep playing the same way and play them.

“We never say that someone ‘steps up’ in key moments, but sometimes they show up and Crippa, as captain, certainly did that in the final quarter.”

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