2021 SummaryAfter a fascinating COVID-impacted season where the Blues showed a great deal, at times, but a penchant for ceding runs of goals in quick succession, the Blues started planning for a big 2021 by specifically targeting pace and delivery from defence. The pre-season brought in some ready made AFL joy with the recruitment of Adam Saad from the Bombers and Zac Williams via free-agency, to really assist with that run forward from contested ball.
The Blues began with the customary Round 1 clash against the Tigers, who were again the reigning Premiers. The Tigers were impressive, particularly Dustin Martin, as they dispensed with the Blues but there was no shame in the performance. A disappointing Round 2 loss followed, before the Blues regrouped with wins against the Dockers and away to the Suns to hit 2-2 by Round 4. A continually deep injury list was a worry with major games to follow...
Whatever happens on the field, 2021 would be remembered for some off field successes. More than a month out from the start of the 2021 AFL season, the Carlton Football Club announced that last season's record membership has already been surpassed. The football club was now debt free for the first time since 1996...
People of 2021Coach: David Teague
Assistant / Development Coaches:
Captains: Patrick Cripps & Sam Docherty
President: Mark LoGiudice
MilestonesDebuts: Luke Parks
Debuts (Carlton): Lachie Fogarty, Oscar McDonald, Adam Saad, Zac Williams
50 Games: Harry McKay, Sam Walsh
50 Games (AFL): Matthew Kennedy
100 Games (Carlton): Sam Docherty
Rising Star Nominees: TBD
Click HERE for a list of the expected milestones in Season 2021...