Your 2023 Carlton Blues season preview is here, just in time for the start of the new AFL season! Everything you need to know about the Blues is here, all in the one article – aren't you lucky. We’ve got information about squad changes, rankings and stats from last year, key matches to look for, as well as none other than ex-AFL star Heath Shaw’s opinion on how the Blues will go this season.
Let’s get cracking shall we!
Let’s take a little look at the new signings for the Blues, along with all the players they’ve parted ways with:
Ins: Blake Acres, Jaxon Binns, Lachie Cowan, Oliver Hollands and Harry Lemmey
Outs: Will Hayes, Oscar McDonald, Jack Newnes, Luke Parks, Will Setterfield, Liam Stocker and Tom Williamson
Where did the Blues rank for disposals in the AFL last season? Or what about clangers? All the key rankings for the Blues are below:
Frees For: 7th
Frees Against: 17th
Who had the most goals for the Blues? Who had the most marks? All these stats and more can be found below:
Most Disposals: Sam Walsh - 642
Most Tackles: Patrick Cripps - 106
Most Clearances: Patrick Cripps - 163
Most Marks: Sam Docherty - 160
Most Goals: Charlie Curnow - 64
3 Key Matches To Watch
These are the key matches you can’t miss if you’re a Blues fan (up to Round 15):
Match 1: Round 1, vs Tigers, at MCG (Thu, Mar 16, 7:20pm)
Match 2: Round 10, vs Magpies, at MCG (Sun, May 21, 3:20pm)
Match 3: Round 13, vs Bombers, at MCG (Sun, Jun 11, 7:15pm)
2023 AFL Season Expectations
Pressure. Pressure. Pressure. More pressure than a steam over.
Being one of the biggest clubs in the country alone has its pressure, but not playing finals for as long as Carlton have, the list they have and the way they started last year, you’re at an all time MAX for 2023. Live it, enjoy it, embrace it. Finals is a must, and a fit and healthy list will get them to September on personnel alone.
Predicted Finish: Between 6-10