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INSIDE PATRICK CRIPPS

OCTOBER 2019

2019 JOHN NICHOLLS MEDALLIST

YEARBOOK OF THE CARLTON FOOTBALL CLUB

CARLTON

MADISON PRESPAKIS 2019 AFLW BEST AND FAIREST


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FROM THE COACH

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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

AFLW ROAD TO GRAND FINAL

RISING STAR

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From the President and CEO —


FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

5 What a journey the 2019 season was. We all experienced so much together and have emerged from it ready to own the future as a powerful, passionate and united football club.

Our AFL side endured a tough first half of the season, however as difficult as change can be, we have all seen in the second half of the year what this team is capable of.

It all began with our AFLW team, who incredibly went from last place to a maiden Grand Final appearance in just 12 months.

A strong finish to 2019, including a run of five wins from seven games, confirms we are on the right path with the growth of our playing list.

The amount of hard work coach Daniel Harford and the players have done to turn the AFLW program around has been enormous and with 21 players re-signing for next season, we look forward to seeing the girls strive to go one better in 2020.

We could not be more excited to see what David Teague and his coaching staff can achieve with this playing group now that they have a full pre-season to continue their hard work and make 2020 a season for all Carlton members to enjoy.


The highlight of the entire year though was you – our members.

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You achieved something this football club never has before in its 155-year history. To have a record-breaking 64,269 Bluebaggers signed up is a testament to your unwavering commitment and passion for this football club. Not only did you sign up, you came to games in huge numbers. We experienced a 47 per cent increase in home attendance this season – the biggest growth in the AFL. That is something that would be the envy of the entire competition.

The support of our members is paramount to our success, which is why we want you with us every step of the way as we rise up the ladder in 2020 and look to reach our target of 75,000 members next season. While the excitement is building on-field, off-field the Carlton Football Club could not be better placed. Last month we were delighted to inform you that our Board had managed to double our planned debt reduction to $2 million this financial year. This has been achieved on the back of a sustainable business model that has us in a strong position to remove the remaining $4 million of historical debt.

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Our Board has managed to double our planned debt reduction to $2 million this financial year.


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75,000 members next season Our Master Plan is also in the final stages of design, in conjunction with the Federal and State governments as well as the local council. Once this occurs, we will communicate these plans to you, our members. The Master Plan will see Ikon Park become not only a state-of-the-art facility but a desired destination that

will have elite players, coaches and staff wanting to be part of our AFL and AFLW programs. We have maintained our commitment to diversifying our revenue streams and our significant growth in this area over the last 12 months has further enhanced our financial stability.


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The greatest year-on-year membership growth in 155 years.

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The Carlton College of Sport, in partnership with La Trobe University, has had over 50 students enrol in its inaugural year and we expect this number to grow significantly in 2020. Carlton IN Business (CIB) has now grown to more than 130 businesses,

making it the largest corporate network in Australian sport. We have the potential for significant growth in this area which will further increase potential member benefits, sponsors and mentoring opportunities for all of our players,

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This year turned out to be really exciting for all of us.

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There’s no denying that the start of the season was tough: however, with what happened in the second half of the year, I hope that you, as our members and our supporters, can now see the true direction of this football club and where it is heading.

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It’d be remiss of me not to mention the fans first — our players are really lucky. We have an outstanding supporter base and our members have been very loyal and passionate. You are the lifeblood of our football club and I cannot wait for next year. I think we can get to 75,000 members – it’ll be great for our players. All the Bluebaggers have been an incredible support to myself, but much more importantly to the players and I look forward to that continuing in 2020. You all really get behind our players, you are so loud: the feeling at the ground is unbelievable. Speaking to some opposition players, they talk about how loud the Carlton members are – that is a huge compliment and you should be proud of that. We want to play a brand of football that will excite our members — we want you to look forward to coming to games. Sign

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up for 2020 and enjoy the ride because you are as much a part of this as any of us. Reflecting on the year, there were a number of positives to come out of it. We’re a football club that wants to win. We’ve shown that we can compete with the best.


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We’re a football club that wants to win. We’ve shown that we can compete with the best. The way we finished the season and the effort the playing group brought for a long period of time was really strong. There is some real chemistry in this team. How the players rallied against Fremantle, in those conditions and without Crippa, Harry and Charlie, that really set the tone for us.

As the season went on, to beat St Kilda and see the way our fans got behind us shows there’s some real excitement to come in the future. A lot of our growth is going to come from those players who are coming out of their third and fourth years. The reality is Kade Simpson and Marc Murphy


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There is some real chemistry in this team.


It’s no surprise that Sam Walsh had the year that he had: to be the first NAB AFL Rising Star at our football club is a fantastic achievement. He has been super impressive from day one, and even at this early stage, our players can learn from him. He trains at an intensity that allows him to play at an elite level.

probably aren’t going to get a lot better — we’ll aim for it, but it’ll definitely be the younger guys who we will look to drive us forward. Guys like Charlie, Weiters, Samo, Cunners: I could name more. I think we saw a little bit of that this year and I’m really excited for that to continue. A good pre-season will allow them to perform at their best. We want to cement our brand, establish the way we want to play and score a bit more — we want to be a bit more attacking and defend in our front half.

Patrick Cripps had an outstanding year — you can see that in the awards he’s winning and the recognition he is getting externally, from both the media and his peers. It’s been tough for him, there’s no doubt about that: it’s not easy when you’re the captain and there’s a lot of change going on. He’s someone who I know our players love running out with. The way he leads is through his performance. At the end of the day, his job was to go out there and play really good football — he did exactly that. It’s quite incredible to be his size and play the way he does: to finish as a three-time John Nicholls Medalist, All Australian and judged the Most Valuable Player by his peers, it was a phenomenal year.

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We’ve got to continue to look forward as a football club, we’ve got to continue to look for ways to get better. However, when it comes to 2019, it’s important to acknowledge those who were rewarded for fantastic years.

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75,000 reasons for us to get better. Bring it on.

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It’ll be really exciting to get his co-captain out on the field next year. It’s been tough for Sammy Docherty: two years in rehab is not easy. He has invested in the coaching aspect of the game and going forward, I think that’ll help him. It’ll help him in the sense that he’s learned a lot about the game and what it takes to be a good football team. Whether it’s on the field or off it, he’ll continue to drive those standards. We had some real momentum to end the season and we’ll have to carry that into the summer. It’s an interesting one: at the end of the year, we wanted the games to keep on coming. We need to use that energy, reflect on the feeling of playing well and competing against the best.

If we can use that and put it into a good pre-season, next year is going to be really exciting: not only for the players, but also for our fans who have been so good to us. The pre-season is crucial for our group, make no mistake about it. We’ve got to go to another level. The fact that our players have tasted that feeling of winning should only make them hungrier, to want it more and work really hard over summer. The challenge for us is to have a really strong pre-season and be ready to go. We know it’s not just going to happen: we need to make it happen. I can’t wait for next year and to see you all there with us. 75,000 reasons for us to get better. Bring it on.


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HARFORD NAMED AFLCA AFLW SENIOR COACH OF THE YEAR

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DANIEL HARFORD AFLW SENIOR COACH

HARFORD NAMED AFLCA AFLW SENIOR COACH OF THE YEAR

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In 2019, Daniel Harford led the Carlton Football Club into its firstever AFLW Grand Final, and with that he was recognised by his peers as the inaugural 2019 AFL Coaches Association AFLW Senior Coach of the Year.

In just his first year at the helm, Harford had an immediate and positive impact, taking a side that finished on the bottom of the AFLW ladder 12 months ago to its maiden AFLW Grand Final appearance.


Harford polled the most votes, which was determined by his fellow AFLW coaches, to be awarded the inaugural AFLCA AFLW Senior Coach of the Year.

HARFORD NAMED AFLCA AFLW SENIOR COACH OF THE YEAR

He was told of the news in front of the playing group prior to the preliminary final. After commencing his coaching career in 2008, Harford led local Eastern Football League side Balwyn to a premiership in his first season before also leading St Kevin’s to victory in 2015 in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.

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Harford’s first involvement in the women’s program came with Collingwood Football Club, where he was an assistant during the 2018 season. As a coach, Harford’s knowledge and experience is unquestionable however his key attribute is his passion. His playing group is his family, referring to the players as his daughters: with the emotion and commitment he displays, it is clear to see why.


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Harford’s knowledge and experience is unquestionable however his key attribute is his passion.


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64K member record —


Blues recorded their highest ever membership figure with 64,269

The number comes on the back of the Carlton faithful ranking fifth in the competition for home attendance, with an average of 46,730 Bluebaggers filling the stands this season. Carlton CEO Cain Liddle thanked all Carlton members who have committed to be part of the journey throughout 2019.

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The Carlton Football Club was delighted to reach 64,000 members for the first time in the Club’s decorated history. The tally at the end of the 2019 season saw the Blues recorded their highest ever membership figure of 64,269. Blues fans have once again shown they are Bound By Blue, with the Club having its greatest year-on-

“The loyalty and commitment of our members has been nothing short of extraordinary. Record membership, huge crowds and unprecedented engagement across our digital channels confirms to us that our fans have belief in where we are headed as a football club,” Liddle said. “The future for us is exciting and to have the Carlton faithful showing their support, week in, week out does not go unnoticed – our members make up the fabric of our football club and our players are so grateful for the support they are provided.”

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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

MOMENTS

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THAT MATTERED Carlton v Sydney

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Carlton 11.13.79 def Fremantle 11.9.75 _ Ed Curnow victorious in his first game as captain with Cripps missing. _ Came back from a 29-point quarter-time deficit.

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AFLW ROAD TO THE GRAND FINAL

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AFLW: Road to the Grand Final —

After a lackluster 2018, Carlton completely turned its form around in 2019, finishing the home and away season on top of Conference B with four wins and three losses. After booking a home preliminary final against Fremantle, a first AFLW Grand Final appearance was there for the taking.


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Carlton completely turned its form around in 2019, finishing the home and away season on top of Conference B.

Throughout the season there had been a lot spoken about with the conference system, and many people describing conference B as the weaker conference compared to Conference A. Fremantle finished second in Conference A and had widely been

tipped to account for Conference B ladder leaders Carlton. The match was played at Ikon Park in front of a vocal 7,146 fans, majority wearing the Navy Blue with pride. The contest was physical early, and you couldn’t expect anything less, it was a preliminary final after all.

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A breakout second term from Carlton saw the home side kick four goals to nil to head into half time with a 29-point lead. A strong first half showing from Madison Prespakis, Chloe Dalton, Lauren Brazzale and Alison Downie in the middle of the ground set the tone, but up forward Tayla Harris was at her high-flying best, crashing packs and creating a strong presence up forward.

The second half resumed in this vein, as the Blues continued to execute their skills and extend the margin to see them book their ticket to the Club’s first-ever AFLW Grand Final with a thumping 36-point win. Carlton unfortunately went down to the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval in the decider, with 53,000 fans filling the stands to set a new attendance record for a domestic women’s sport game in Australia.


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Prespakis: NAB AFLW Rising Star —

PRESPAKIS NAMED 2019 NAB AFLW RISING STAR

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Madison Prespakis capped off a simply outstanding first season in the Navy Blue by taking home the 2019 NAB AFLW Rising Star award.

Prespakis was the raging favourite for the honour, bursting onto the scene after being taken with pick No.3 in the 2018 NAB AFLW Draft. The 18-year-old went onto average 20 disposals, 11 contested possessions and five clearances per game, leading all comers in Navy Blue for the season. While her form on the field spoke for itself, it was a truly gracious Prespakis who accepted the

award, thanking her teammates, family and friends for the support they had provided her during her football journey. “I’m extremely humbled to have won it, there were 13 other girls that were well worthy to win this award,” Prespakis said. “It’s just another accolade for hard work. That’s sort of what I strive on, my hard work. “I’ve got a lot of people to help me along the way, and I’m very honoured to have won it.” Her consistency from her debut to the Grand Final was her strong suit, collecting 19 or more disposals in seven games.


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“I’m extremely humbled to have won it, there were 13 other girls that were well worthy to win this award” Prespakis became one of Carlton’s prime movers in the middle of the ground, belying her young age to have a big impact on games as the Blues surged towards a Grand Final.

The opportunity to play for Carlton is nothing short of a dream come true for Prespakis, who is one of the ‘new age’ of female footballers, able to take advantage of the new pathways afforded.


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Walsh: NAB AFL Rising Star —


Carlton midfielder Sam Walsh was rewarded for his record-breaking first AFL season, taking out the 2019 NAB AFL Rising Star award.

He went on to play every game in 2019 with the Blues, averaging 25 disposals, five marks, three tackles and 320 metres gained.

Walsh became Carlton’s first male winner of the award since its inception back in 1993.

Carlton Senior Coach David Teague said the Club was thrilled to see Walsh reap the rewards of such a consistent and strong season.

The Blues now boast both Rising Stars after Madison Prespakis was named the AFLW NAB Rising Star earlier this year. Drafted with pick No.1 from the Geelong Falcons in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft, Walsh made an instant impact at the elite level having showcased one of the greatest debut seasons of all time. The 19-year-old broke the record for the most disposals in a player’s first AFL season with 554, surpassing Toby Greene’s effort of 539 back in 2012. Walsh found his feet quickly at AFL level, earning a Round 1 debut against Richmond where he picked up 24 disposals and four clearances at the MCG in front of a crowd of 85,000.

“Walshy impressed the whole club as soon as he walked through the doors at Ikon Park: his training intensity and appetite to learn and grow as a player was clear for us all to see from day one,” Teague said. “At just 19 years of age, he would be up there with the best trainers I have seen and that allows him to prepare well week in, week out – that’s why he was so consistent this season. “This is just the beginning for Walshy, he has a really good head on his shoulders, and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop, get his job done and earn a successful career here at the Carlton Football Club.” Walsh was also voted by his peers across the competition as the AFLPA Best First Year Player.

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Murphy was selected with pick No.1 in the 2005 National Draft and has been a staple of the Blues’ midfield for the past 13 years. In his first season with the Club, Murphy made an instant impact, earning a Round 1 debut against Melbourne. He earned a Rising Star nomination on his way to winning the AFLPA Best First Year Player Award: the first Blue to do so. The champion midfielder would take out the first of his two John Nicholls

Medals in arguably his best season, 2011. Murphy asserted himself as one of the premier players in the competition, averaging 29 disposals and going on to gain selection in the All-Australian team. The awards didn’t stop there as he was also voted the AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year. In 2013, Murphy was elevated to captain the Carlton Football Club and held the position until the end of 2018, stepping down after six years. Murphy returned from an injuryriddled 2016 to take out his second John Nicholls Medal in 2017, averaging over 29 disposals for only the second time in his career.

Murphy played game No.250 at the MCG in front of 85,000 fans.

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Carlton midfielder Marc Murphy chalked up another milestone in the Navy Blue, playing game No.250 in Round 1 at the MCG in front of 85,000 fans.

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“Murph was a resilient kid and I’m very proud to say I watched particularly the start of his journey and to see him become a great leader and see what Murph has achieved is simply amazing, it’s full credit to him.” Anthony Koutoufides Former captain

“Outside of family, it means everything to him, he’s been there for 14 or 15 years now and he has sacrificed so much for the football club, Murph has invested so much time and blood, sweat and tears. The Club is like a family to him.”


“I think he took on an enormous amount of responsibility throughout his career, both as a younger player and as a leader in a challenging time. Murph never complained, he worked as hard as he possibly could and got the best out of himself. It’s one of the reason’s he’s played 250 games and also be able to play them at such a high level.” Chris Judd Former captain

“You can see the pride he has in the Navy Blue jumper, he has led the Club through some tough times but he will have left a great legacy and someone who has worn the jumper with great pride.” Dale Thomas Former teammate

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Kade Simpson Teammate

“We have grown up together playing for the Blues and it has been a massive privilege to play alongside him and under him when he was skipper, he is a great teammate and great friend off the field.”

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whilst 400-plus organisations attended key CIB events. These organisations were involved in over 1,000 genuine face-to-face connections that in a whole contributed to CIB generating $40 million in revenue.

Carlton IN Business has become the biggest corporate network in Australian sport, with CIB achieving successful results for its members once again in 2019. Carlton IN Business has over 130 organisations signed up across a Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane,

Members who attended CIB functions heard from the likes of Detective Superintendent of Organised Crime at Victoria Police Debra Robertson, former CEO of Virgin Australia John Borghetti, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp and Virgin Australia Group CEO Paul Scurrah. CIB has recently added an additional Commercial Business Connector, facilitating more networking opportunities for all CIB members in 2020.

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1,000 genuine face-to-face connections that in a whole contributed to CIB generating $40 million in revenue.

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CROWN PALLADIUM

The Carlton Football Club turned Crown Palladium into the streets of majestic Manhattan for New York, New York on Friday 24 May. Kicking off at 7pm, over 1,000 attendees were treated to a threecourse dinner, live entertainment and an abundance of auction items in the live and silent auctions.


The night was hosted by one of Australia’s most versatile and much-loved entertainers Tim Campbell, who was accompanied by other entertainment throughout the evening. A raffle was also drawn on the night, with the grand prize a Hyundai Tuscon Active, valued

at over $30,000, going to one lucky attendee. New York, New York proudly supported Carlton Respects with the night raising over $200K to increase gender equality for the prevention of violence against women.

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Pull your socks up. Carlton Respects entered its fourth year in 2019, with both AFL (Round 13) and AFLW (Round 6) replacing the traditional Navy Blue socks for orange — the international colour for harmony.

More than one woman a week in Australia is murdered by a current or former partner, while one in three women will experience physical violence from the age of 15. In June, the lights were switched off and a minute’s silence observed when

Supported by Our Watch, the Carlton Respects initiative promotes gender equality for the prevention of violence against women. WE ARE PLAYING OUR PART THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED WITH GUIDANCE FROM OUR WATCH, WHICH SEEKS TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ON RESPECT AND EQUALITY. THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN ALIGNED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRAININIGSʼS ʻRESILIENCE, RIGHTS & RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPSʼ CURRICULUM.


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The Carlton Respects program saw the Club conduct education and awareness-raising programs for 4,000 students in schools and across 13 workplaces in Victoria. the Blues hosted the Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium. Honouring the 69 women who lost their lives to domestic violence at the hands of a current or former partner in 2018, participants and supporters of Carlton Respects surrounded the centre square with orange lights to commemorate the victims. Carlton Respects extends far beyond the football field.

An inaugural partner of Carlton Respects, MC Labour increased its support of the initiative to become the major partner for 2019 and 2020. Carlton Respects saw the Club conduct education and awareness-raising programs for over 4,000 students and across 13 workplaces in Victoria. Across the Club’s digital platforms, the Carlton Respects campaign had over 1.5 million impressions in 2019.


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Pride guernsey — Carlton wore a specially-designed Pride guernsey in its three-point win against the Western Bulldogs at Whitten Oval in Round 7 of the AFLW season. This was the second AFLW Pride Game against the Western Bulldogs, with the match held to recognise and support the LGBTIQ community by celebrating inclusiveness, gender diversity and welcoming all people, no matter their sexual orientation.


The previous Pride guernsey was designed by Carlton forward Darcy Vescio, but this year the Club opened the design up to artists via a social media competition. Childhood Carlton supporter Alex Bajada’s design was ultimately selected. It saw the traditional Navy Blue guernsey mixed in with the LBGTIQ colours on both the front and the back.

The match-worn guernseys went to auction and raised $12,420.05 for LGBTIQ youth charity Minus18. Minus18 creates social change and mobilises community support through their identify-affirming youth-driven events, workshops, education resources and campaigns nationwide.

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The game was held to recognise and support the LBGTIQ community by celebrating inclusiveness, gender diversity and welcoming all people, no matter their sexual orientation.

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Sir Doug Nicholls Round — Carlton took on St Kilda at Marvel Stadium in Round 10 of the AFL season as part of the Sir Doug Nicholls Round. The Blues donned an Indigenous guernsey that featured symbols which represented family, strength and protection and highlighted the path each individual player had taken on their journey to Carlton. Shelley Ware, a proud Yankunytjatjara and Wirangu woman from South Australia, was the creator of the guernsey. Ware said she felt privileged to create the Blues’ 2019 Indigenous guernsey.


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“It was an honour to have my design chosen for the guernsey, and for the design I wanted to show what comes to my mind when I think of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man,” Ware said. “I picture a warrior standing strong and proud for his people, so I asked artist Michael Harding to draw the shield and spear of the warrior. To show the strength and grace of the warrior ready for battle,” Ware said.

“The guernsey features the sun on the players’ left shoulder, the giver of life. I included my totem, the Wedge-tailed Eagle, to watch over and keep them safe. Across the back, you can see ancestors in the stars, showing those who led the way before them and now watch over and guide the players.” Carlton CEO Cain Liddle highlighted the importance of the Indigenous guernsey for the Club.


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The guernsey features the sun on the players’ left shoulder, the giver of life.

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“Our Indigenous guernsey holds added significance given the Club launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan earlier this year,” Liddle said. “As a club we are committed to reconciliation both internally and in the community. Our players were proud to run out in a guernsey that holds such significance and truly tells a story.

The Carlton Football Club acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.

“We thank Shelley for her efforts in designing such a fantastic guernsey.”

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VFL / VFLW Report — 2019

VFL/VFLW WRAP FROM THE SEASON


VFL/VFLW WRAP FROM THE SEASON

The second half of both the VFL and VFLW seasons showed plenty of reasons for excitement going forward.

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Some of Carlton’s brightest young AFL and AFLW talent shone in the respective VFL seasons in 2019. Whether it was Liam Stocker and Ben Silvagni for the Northern Blues or Abbie McKay and Emerson Woods for Carlton’s VFLW side, it was a season of growth for a number of emerging Blues. While it was a frustrating season results-wise, the signs for the future were encouraging for what’s to come at AFL level in future years.

So too was the start of the season for Northern, who emerged with four wins from their opening five games. At its best, Northern marked its wins with trademark spirit, outlined by triumphs over Geelong and Collingwood by one and three points respectively in the opening two games.


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Hugh Goddard was a brick wall in defence on the way to a Carlton debut. That trend continued in Round 15, when the highlight of the season came to fruition. Without a win over Port Melbourne in eight seasons, a goal after the siren clinched a famous win on enemy territory. Meanwhile in the VFLW, Carlton showed in 2019 that home is very much where the heart is. Each of the Blues’ three wins came on home deck, with one at Ikon Park against eventual grand finalists in the Western Bulldogs the clear pick of the bunch.


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So as the second half of both the AFL and AFLW seasons showed plenty of reasons for excitement going forward, so to did the stateleague Blues. Tom De Koning thrilled in the air and on the ground, Madison Prespakis produced typically outstanding cameos, basketball convert Matthew Owies (17 goals) showed his smarts inside 50 and Charlotte Wilson showed promise in attack.

Hugh Goddard was a brick wall in defence on the way to a Carlton debut, while from a VFL perspective, Alex Johnson made a remarkable recovery to run out in Preston red in Round 10. Throughout the entire season, twins Gemma and Sarah Wright showed that Carlton’s double trouble extended far beyond just Jess and Sarah Hosking.


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The appointment of Dawson and Prespakis is a clear sign of Carlton’s further investment into attracting, retaining and developing emerging talent in Melbourne’s northern corridor.


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Former Hawthorn, St Kilda and Fremantle player Zac Dawson heads the program with Carlton AFLW superstar Madison Prespakis the Program Coordinator. The appointment of Dawson and Prespakis is a clear sign of Carlton’s further investment into attracting, retaining and developing emerging talent in Melbourne’s northern corridor. Dawson said he was looking forward to overseeing both the junior boys’ and girls’ programs, outlining the latter as a significant growth area for the game. “Female participation is a very important part of the program. That’s where a lot of growth in the AFL is going to come from,” he said. The Carlton Football Club’s Next Generation Academy works closely with the talent coming through the Northern Knights and the NGA region which includes Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Banyule, Darebin and Yarra.

“You’ve seen a boom in the last few years… I’m really excited to get into the grassroots part of football and seeing them come through, and one day potentially represent the Carlton Football Club.”

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In a joint initiative between the AFL and Carlton, the NGA is aimed at growing participation in the under-represented segments of the community and increasing the talent pool of Indigenous and multicultural players.

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2019 JOHN NICHOLLS MEDALLIST

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Co-captain Patrick Cripps made John Nicholls Medal history, as he became the Club’s youngest three-time best-and-fairest winner after an outstanding 2019 season. The vote count went down to the wire in front of more than 1,300 people at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, as Cripps (143 votes) narrowly edged out runner-up Ed Curnow (138 votes) and third-placed Lachie Plowman (134 votes). In one of the closest vote counts in recent times, Curnow was leading with just five rounds to go before Cripps made his move to achieve back-to-back John Nicholls Medals to go with his first win in 2015. Cripps flourished in his first season as co-captain, and now joins Carlton greats Craig Bradley, Stephen Kernahan, Chris Judd, Brett Ratten and John James as three-time winners of the John Nicholls Medal.


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The award’s namesake holds the record with five, while Cripps now sits just one behind four-time winner Bruce Doull.

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At 24 years of age, Cripps surpassed Nicholls (26) as the youngest Blue to be named as Carlton’s best and fairest on three different occasions.

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The midfield bull averaged 28 disposals, 17 contested possessions, nine clearances and six tackles per game, while also kicking 13 goals this season.

The No.9 imposed himself as one of the premier players in the competition in season 2019, earning his second successive All-Australian selection, while also being voted by his peers as the AFLPA MVP for the first time. Cripps consistently showed the ability to stand up when the game was on the line, with arguably his best performance coming against the Brisbane Lions in Round 12. With his side trailing by 37 points midway through the second term, Cripps willed Carlton over the line

In one of the closest vote counts in recent times, Curnow was leading with just five rounds to go.


with 38 disposals and four goals in a memorable 15-point victory. He also received the Carltonians Award as well as the Bill Lanyon Inner Blue Ruthless Award on Carlton’s night of nights.

Plowman enjoyed a career-best season at the Blues, placing third in the vote count as he ranked elite across the competition for intercept marks, one percenters and spoils. The defender showed off his versatility, shutting down both key position and small forwards from the opposition throughout 2019. Carlton Senior Coach David Teague said the Club was thrilled to see Cripps take his game to a new level this season. “‘Crippa’ is exceptional, to have won three John Nicholls Medals at just 24 is amazing — he now puts himself alongside some of the Club’s best and he thoroughly deserves that,” Teague said.

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The ever-reliable Curnow finished just five votes behind Cripps as he relished a move back into the midfield at the halfway point of the season, averaging 23 disposals, five tackles and five clearances. Curnow also received the Best Clubman Award in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the entire football club both on and off the field this year.

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“Crippa is exceptional, to have won three John Nicholls Medals at just 24 is amazing” 2019 JOHN NICHOLLS MEDAL PAT R I C K C R I P P S BEST CLUBMAN AWARD ED CURNOW COACHES AWARD L E V I C A S B O U LT SPIRIT OF C A R LT O N A W A R D JACOB WEITERING VIRGIN AUSTRALIA BEST FIRST YEAR P L AY E R S A M W A L S H C A R LT O N I A N S A W A R D PAT R I C K C R I P P S BILL LANYON INNER BLUE RUTHLESS AWARD PAT R I C K C R I P P S

“He is just such a competitor who works tirelessly to get his job done week in and week out, he sets the standards for our group and works to get the best out of not only himself but the whole group. It’s exciting for us to think that he has only just played 100 games and we think his best footy is still ahead of him. “It’s great to see Ed rewarded for another consistent year and to see him go so close to winning the medal, he is a real asset to our club not only as a player but as a person. “Lachie had a breakout year at AFL level and really showed off his ability to intercept the ball, he is an integral part of our defensive group. To finish third in the vote count is a fantastic reward for him.” Sam Walsh polled votes in more games than any other Blue, with the 19-year-old receiving votes in 21 out of a possible 22 games. His fourth-placed finish capped off an incredible debut season for the 2019 NAB AFL Rising Star. Rounding out John Nicholls top-10 vote-getters were Levi Casboult (116) in fifth and Jacob


Weitering (110) in sixth, followed by Liam Jones (95), Marc Murphy (88), Kade Simpson (87) and Sam Petrevski-Seton (68).

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Weitering took out the Spirit of Carlton Award, given to the player who best encompasses the spirit of the Club both on and off the field, while Casboult received the Coaches Award for his efforts up forward, in defence and in the ruck.

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CRIPPS NAMED ALL AUSTRALIAN

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After earning his first AllAustralian blazer in 2018, Patrick Cripps made it back-to-back appearances in the esteemed 22 after he was rewarded with selection in the 2019 Virgin Australia AFL All Australian team. The Carlton co-captain was once again a standout in the competition in 2019, averaging 28 disposals, 17 contested possessions, nine clearances and six tackles. He also tallied 13 goals across his 20 appearances.

SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

Cripps named All Australian —


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Cripps was prolific through the midfield, collecting 30 disposals or more nine times across the season as he dominated around the contest to lead the league averages for centre clearances and stoppage clearances, as well as ranking second for contested possessions. In a season full of countless highlights, Cripps enjoyed a career-high 39 disposals, including 19 clearances, against Adelaide in Round 19. He also

produced a second half to remember against the Brisbane Lions in Round 12, on his way to 37 disposals and four goals in a memorable come-frombehind victory. Following the 2018 season, the 24-year-old was made captain of the football club alongside Sam Docherty, which proved to be an inspired appointment as he led the Blues with unquestionable pride and passion for the jumper.


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“His All Australian selection is reward for his effort and dedication every time he puts on the Navy Blue guernsey.” Carlton Senior Coach David Teague said the entire club was delighted its co-captain had been rewarded for another season of incredible consistency. “Crippa has been sensational this year and his selection in the AllAustralian team is reward for his effort and dedication to get the best of himself every time he puts on the Navy Blue guernsey,” Teague said.

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“The way he has led our football club this season as a first-year captain is a real credit to him, not only as a footballer but as a person. What we value about Crippa above all else is the selfless role he plays for our team week in and week out - he just gets his job done. “We’ve got no doubt Crippa still has his best football ahead of him and we look forward to him and his teammates continuing to work hard to go to the next level in 2020.”

Cripps’ back-to-back selection in the All-Australian team marks the first time a Carlton player has achieved consecutive selections since Chris Judd from 2008–2011. The All-Australian selection panel is comprised of Gillon McLachlan (chairman), Kevin Bartlett, Luke Darcy, Danny Frawley, Steve Hocking, Glen Jakovich, Chris Johnson, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson and Warren Tredrea.

Cripps’ back-to-back selection in the All-Australian team marked the first time a Carlton player had achieved this since Chris Judd.


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Carlton College of Sport — The Carlton College of Sport opened its doors in March this year with 60 students undertaking the Higher Education Diploma in Sport Coaching and Development.

The students complete four out of their six subjects at Ikon Park with the other two subjects taking place at La Trobe Universities Melbourne Campus in Bundoora. The 12-month course covers an extensive range of disciplines, including sports and exercise science, management, talent identification, and sports marketing. With access to elite athletes, coaches, high performance staff and mentors, the program lets students immerse themselves in the Club and obtain exclusive insights to events, community activations, facility operations, fan engagement and match-day protocols.

Carlton College of Sport student Rose Zarucky said she has loved her placement hours with the Club’s media team.

“I have been fortunate enough to work weekly with the Carlton media team, taking photos for their media content,” Zarucky said. “A highlight of working with the Northern Blues was photographing the likes of Dale Thomas and Jack Silvagni, taking photos at Marvel Stadium, and being able to work oneon-one with AFL players.” Students have also been lucky enough to have presentations from the Club’s Head of Football Brad Lloyd, General Manager of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni, Player Development Manager Lillian O’Sullivan and General Manager of Communications and Marketing Vanessa Gigliotti.


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Access to elite athletes, coaches, high performance staff and mentors, the program lets students immerse themselves in the Club. 2020 is set to be a big year for Carlton College of Sport which will expand to include the new Diploma of Elite Sport Business. With enrolment also expected

to double, the Club’s Education and Training Manager Chris Clay welcomed AFLW star Sarah Hosking to the team as the Course Coordinator.


THANK YOU AND FAREWELL

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Thank you and farewell —


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The Carlton Football Club said goodbye to eight players in 2019 with Dale Thomas, Alex Fasolo, Jarrod Pickett, Jarrod Garlett, Matthew Lobbe, Patrick Kerr, Angus Schumacher and rookie Kym Lebois departing the Club.

Blue, ‘Daisy’ was one of the great personalities of the modern era. Thomas played 256 games of AFL football across 14 seasons, achieving the rare feat of becoming a beloved character among both Carlton and Collingwood supporters.

Having joined the Blues from Collingwood in 2013, Thomas went on to play 101 games in the Navy

Fasolo became a Blue through free agency at the end of 2018 and went on to play three games


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at the Club in season 2019. After battling injury since his arrival at Ikon Park, Pickett decided to leave the Club and head back home to Western Australia after 17 games with Carlton. Lobbe has been a terrific influence on the young playing group since arriving at Ikon Park from Port Adelaide for pick No.95 during the 2017 NAB AFL Trade Period. In his first season at the Club, the ruckman received the 2018 Best Clubman award. Garlett played 13 games in the Navy Blue since being selected with pick No.78 in the 2017 National Draft after initially beginning his career at the Gold Coast Suns. Schumacher was also taken at pick No.70 that year and went on to make his debut for the Club in Round 20 of this season against the Eagles.

Kerr played four games during his three seasons with the Blues after being taken as a fourthround selection in 2016, while Kym Lebois did not make a senior appearance during his three years on the rookie list. Carlton Head of Football Brad Lloyd expressed the Club’s gratitude to all eight players for their service. “All eight players made their own, unique contributions during their time and we would like to thank them all for what they have given to our football club,” Lloyd said. “They are all quality people who were willing to do whatever they could for Carlton and because of that, they will always be welcome at Ikon Park.”


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