St Kilda and Carlton are still in the dark about where and when they will relocate to continue the AFL season amid Victoria’s COVID-19 crisis.
It’s tough to predict where the Carlton Blues will end up on the ladder in season 2020.
Picking the ten players they could least afford to lose was an interesting exercise. Even though Charlie Curnow is injured, for the purpose of this exercise I have included him in the list.
10. Sam Petrevski-Seton
He has the capability to become an important part of the Carlton Blues’ team as he is a player that can play plenty of roles for the team, whether it be through the midfield, on a halfback flank or on a half forward flank.
9. Charlie Curnow
Curnow will be a loss for the Carlton Blues as he will probably miss the entire season through injury. Charlie Curnow averaged the most goals for the Carlton Blues in 2019, when he averaged 1.64 goals per game, which is perhaps an indicator that the Blues need to kick more goals.
8. Ed Curnow
Curnow finished second in the 2019 Carlton Blues best-and-fairest. Ed Curnow is a part of the leadership group in 2020 and is a part of the Blues’ midfield.
7. Marc Murphy
Murphy displayed that he still has plenty to offer from a playing perspective in Round 1 of season 2020, when his performance was impressive. Murphy missed three games in 2019 and still managed to finish eighth in the best-and-fairest and is still a part of the Carlton Blues’ leadership group in 2020.
6. Jack Martin
Martin kicked four goals in the opening game of the 2020 season for the Carlton Blues. Martin helped the Blues get back into the game with some freakish goals. He may prove to be one of the best recruits for any team in 2020 if he can replicate his performance from Round 1.
5. Sam Walsh
Walsh has leadership qualities. That’s why he was added to the Carlton Blues’ leadership group and he also happens to be a good player. He finished fourth in the 2019 Carlton Blues best-and-fairest, which was his first season, which is an indicator of how integral he is to the Blues for season 2020.
4. Levi Casboult
He showed that he is capable of playing in the ruck as Matthew Kreuzer was injured in Round 1 and managed to kick two goals on top of that. Casboult finished fifth in the 2019 Carlton Blues best-and-fairest and will be an important part of the Blues’ team given Charlie Curnow and Kreuzer are injured in 2020.
3. Sam Docherty
Docherty is co-captain of the Carlton Blues for season 2020. Docherty was sorely missed by the Blues in 2019, which he displayed in Round 1 of 2020, when he was an integral part of the Blues being competitive and not being smashed.
2. Jacob Weitering
He showed that he is an extremely important part of the Carlton Blues in 2020 when he helped keep Tom Lynch from the Richmond Tigers goalless. Weitering has been added to the Carlton Blues’ leadership group for 2020, which indicates how pivotal he is to the Blues.
1. Patrick Cripps
Cripps was the only player from the Carlton Blues in the 2019 AFL All Australian team. He is a co-captain of the footy club and leads from the front as he displayed in Round 1 of 2020 when he helped the Blues get back into the game against the Richmond Tigers. He finished the game with 31 disposals, even though there were shorter quarters. He was extremely influential on the game.