2017 PreviewWhat, oh what, would 2017 bring? A continued and relentless focus on the playing list through trading and drafting saw the list continued to be replenished, and let's be honest, improved. What could Bolton do with this list in 2017? Well, with his trademark positivity he set about pushing the boys ahead...
A big loss on a big stage in Round 1 put some reconsideration in the stables, before a close loss to finals aspirants Melbourne and a tight win against The Bombers saw us 1 and 2 to start the season. Two more losses, including a hard loss against Port had the naysayers out in force, before a close but enjoyable wins against Grand Finallists Sydney and Collingwood whetted our appetite for bigger things.
Over the next 6 weeks Carlton fans enjoyed a number of close games, from tight tussles with St Kilda, to a nail biting 1 point over the Giants, and to another win over the Gold Coast away. Turning for the home stretch at 5 and 8, and with a number of top 8 teams ahead, there would be great opportunities for the young Blues to shine...
People of 2017Coach: Brendon Bolton
Assistant / Development Coaches: Neil Craig, John Barker, Tim Clarke, Shane Watson, Dale Amos, Mathew Capuano, Josh Fraser (Northern Blues & Development Coach)
Captain: Marc Murphy
Leadership Group: Kade Simpson - vc; Dennis Armfield, Bryce Gibbs, Sam Docherty, Patrick Cripps, Ed Curnow
President: Mark LoGuidice
MilestonesDebuts: Harrison Macreadie, Jarrod Pickett, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Tom Williamson, Zac Fisher, Cameron Polson
Club Debuts: Caleb Marchbank, Billie Smedts, Rhys Palmer, Alex Silvagni
Rising Star Nominees: Caleb Marchbank, Sam Petrevski-Seton, David Cuningham, Jack Silvagni & Charlie Curnow
150 Games: Matthew Kreuzer
50 Games: Patrick Cripps
50 Games (AFL): Sam Kerridge, Lachie Plowman
Click HERE for a list of the expected milestones in Season 2017...