Despite a winless fortnight, AFLW Assistant Coach Jane Lange remains bullish about Carlton’s prospects for the remainder of the season.
“We believe in our structures and the way that we want to play,” Lange said.
“If we manage to get it right consistently then we are definitely in with a good shot of finishing on top on the score board at the end of any game.”
Lange says a strong belief amongst the group means little has changed for the girls in terms of preparation for this week’s must-win clash against the Western Bulldogs at Ikon Park.
“Obviously we were all disappointed by the losses, particularly because they were relatively close. What’s good is that the girls get straight back down to business,” she said.
“They ask ‘What did we do wrong?’ ‘What can we fix?’ ‘What do we need to get right so we can beat the team coming up?’ They feel that disappointment initially but they go into that improvement mindset almost straight away which is great.”
Another invaluable asset that Lange has brought to Carlton is the fact that she has played alongside and against some of the AFLW’s best players. While she has lined up alongside our own Darcy Vescio and Lauren Arnell, she has also come up against Western Bulldogs stars Ellie Blackburn and Emma Kearney.
“On an individual level it can help knowing the girls strengths and their weaknesses,” Lange said.
“But they will be playing a game plan that I am not privy to. On an individual level it’s great, but how those players fit into their game plan is something that we’re all learning.”
Lange says the key messages for Round 5 are simple; remain focused for all four quarters, be composed and communicate with each other around what they want to do.
“We’ve never thought that we are done and buried. We are confident in the girls. It’s just a matter of getting it right and playing the way we want for all four quarters. If we do that we can get over anyone.”