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The Carlton Blues are one of the most successful clubs in the history of the AFL, having won the equal-most VFL/AFL premierships, 16, tied with bitter rivals Essendon. The team’s last premiership however came in 1995, and they have not been sighted at the top of the competition since the new millennium.
Despite a stunning turnaround after David Teague took over midway through the previous season the jury was somewhat out on the Blues coming into 2020. Whether the Teague-led revival would see the Blues rocket up the ladder or simply stagnate in the upper reaches of the bottom four was set to be one of 2020’s most interesting storylines.
While there’s no doubt the Blues did better, whether the extent to which they improved was enough to be a pass was up for debate. Carlton only finished one round in the top eight – Round 6 when they were 3-3 – and simply never got going. They never won more than two matches in a row and finished in 11th – well off the pace of the finals sides.
Senior coach: David Teague
Captains: Patrick Cripps, Sam Docherty
2020 finish: 11th
2020 best and fairest: TBC
2020 leading goalkicker: Harry McKay (21)
Premierships: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914, 1915, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1995
2020 Team List
Lachie Fogarty, Adam Saad, Zac Williams, Jack Silvagni, Paddy Dow, Marc Murphy, Lochie O’Brien, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Matthew Kennedy, Patrick Cripps, Harry McKay, Mitch McGovern, Tom de Koning, Liam Stocker, Liam Jones, Sam Docherty, Brodie Kemp, Sam Walsh, Eddie Betts, Lachie Plowman, Jack Martin, Caleb Marchbank, Jacob Weitering, Nic Newman, Zac Fisher, Harrison Macreadie, Marc Pittonet, David Cuningham, Cameron Polson, Charlie Curnow, Tom Williamson, Jack Newnes, Sam Ramsay, Sam Philp, Ed Curnow, Josh Honey, Fraser Phillips, Michael Gibbons, Levi Casboult, Will Setterfield, Matthew Owies, Matt Cottrell