A FOUR-goal haul from Courtney “Chuck” Jones helped Carlton cruise to victory in its Round 5 VFLW clash with Hawthorn at IKON Park.
Speaking to Carlton Media post-game, the AFLW-listed Blue credited the win to persistency in the contest.
“We knew we were a bit fitter, so we just wanted to outrun them all day and I think we did,” Jones said.
Jones finished the game with four majors to her name, including a miraculous third-quarter goal booted from the forward pocket.
“[I was] pretty lucky to get the one on the boundary. I don’t know how that went in,” she said.
“I just remember yelling ‘it went in, like that’s in’ and he called it.”
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However, Jones said the VFLW Blues’ score of 9.11, their highest-ever result, couldn’t have been achieved without the support of the whole team.
“I never would’ve got the goals if it weren’t for my teammates working so hard at the backend of the ground stopping those goals and getting it down for repeat entries in the forward 50,” she said.
Slightly rattled by Hawthorn’s physical and aggressive game style at stages of the match, Jones said the unified message to the young Carlton playing group was clear.
“We spoke a lot to the girls just saying pick each other up,” she said.
“If someone’s on the ground, you should have your hand on a Navy Blue jumper, picking them up straight away.”
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Despite appearing in the coaches’ best the last two weeks, Jones reflected that there is still work for her to do when rotating on the wing.
“Definitely try and give Akayla [Peterson] a bit more of a spell in the forward line, I know she does a lot of running and I’ve got to work on my running as well,” she said.
“So definitely need to work on transition running and snap defence.”