Michael Voss: time to bury the bump


Carlton’s home ground. Photo: Michael Coghlan (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The days of the bump are in the rear view mirror – that’s the view of Carlton coach Michael Voss.

With three suspensions being handed down to players who chose to bump rather than tackle, Voss planned to address the topic with his players before the Blues’ clash with Geelong on Thursday.

“If you’ve got a choice to tackle or bump, you’ve got no choice but to tackle,” he said.

“The bump is well and truly done.”

Speaking at Ikon Park before the Blues took to the track for a training session, the Carlton coach stressed that he’d changed his team’s style around the adapted medical sub rule.

Voss applauded the changes implemented in the offseason, calling the rule “cleaner” because it could be used on its own merits instead of purely for injury protection.

He shut down criticism surrounding decisions made late in Carlton’s round one game against Richmond, by midfielder Lachie O’Brien.

“I don’t think we should be in the business of sitting here and picking apart individuals,” he said, adding that such scrutiny was based on an “assumption that we haven’t been able to thrive in those moments previously.”

“The fact that we’re in these games and fighting out these games just puts us in a better place to be able to handle them really well in the future,” he said.

As Carlton look towards a face-off with the reigning premiers, decisions surrounding selection loom large.

Voss said Paddy Dow impressed in the VFL with four goals over the weekend, and ruckman Marc Pittonet “certainty stated a case” to play against the Cats on Thursday.