2021 AFL preview: Carlton Blues team guide
Are the Blues finally ready to launch or are they on track for an eighth-straight season without a finals appearance?
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The Blues will be missing star recruit Zac Williams for their season-opener against Richmond through suspension. But Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps believes this year his side has the depth to cover such losses. Here's hoping so because Blues fans are fed up with mediocrity.
Former Giant Williams has the pace and line-breaking ability to make a huge difference to Carlton's midfield. And if the Blues are to reach the finals, they need Cripps to stay on the park. He's a free agent at the end of this season so club officials will want to get his contract negotiations out of the way quickly.
By his own admission, Cripps had an "all right" 2020 season when he polled just 10 Brownlow Medal votes. He will need to rise to peak form for the Blues to climb up the ladder.
How to watch Carlton Blues AFL matches
Some Carlton games air live and free on the Seven Network. Yet Channel 7 only broadcasts four matches per week, which vary from state to state. If you're a dedicated Carlton Blues supporter and don't want to miss any AFL fixtures, getting a paid subscription to Kayo Sports, Foxtel or Foxtel Now is the way to go.
All three services offer AFL fixtures live and on demand. Kayo Sports is the most affordable, with subscriptions starting at $25 a month. This buys you access to more than 50 sports, a user-friendly interface and exciting features like SplitView and Interactive Stats. Plus, new users get a 14-day free trial, so you can test the platform and see if it's a good fit for you.
If you're still undecided, our Kayo vs Foxtel guide should be able to help you figure out which provider is best suited for your viewing habits. For additional information, go to our guide on how to stream the 2021 AFL season. You'll get a full breakdown of providers.
Watch Carlton Blues matches overseas
If you're travelling outside Australia for business or pleasure, the AFL is just a few clicks away. There's no need to miss any Blues matches, as Watch AFL lets you stream AFL games live online. We have a full guide on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.
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When do Carlton Blues play next?
|Round||Date||Match||Stadium||Opening bounce (AEST)||How to watch|
|Round 1||Thursday, 18 March||Richmond vs Carlton||MCG, VIC||7:25 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 2||Thursday, 25 March||Carlton vs Collingwood||MCG, VIC||7:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 3||Sunday, 4 April||Carlton vs Fremantle||Marvel Stadium, VIC||4:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 4||Saturday, 10 April||Gold Coast Suns vs Carlton||Metricon Stadium, QLD||8:25 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Round 5||Saturday, 17 April||Carlton vs Port Adelaide||MCG, VIC||7:25 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
Carlton Blues squad
|Player Number||Name||Position||Career Games|
|41||Levi Casboult||Defender, Forward||124|
|12||Tom De Koning||Ruck||2|
|2||Paddy Dow||Midfield, Forward||39|
|25||Zac Fisher||Midfield, Forward||55|
|36||Josh Honey||Midfield, Forward||0|
|21||Jack Martin||Midfield, Forward||97|
|5||Sam Petrevski-Seton||Defender, Midfield||64|
Carlton Blues history
The Blues have a rich history. Founded in 1864 in Carlton, they were 1 of the AFL's (previously the Victorian Football League) 8 founding member clubs in 1896.
Over their time in the competition, they have won 16 senior VFL/AFL premierships, equal with Essendon as the most of any club. Their last premiership win was in 1995.
The Blues also fielded a team in the AFL Women's league since its establishment in 2017. They play their home games at either Marvel Stadium or the MCG.
Image source: Carlton Blues team website
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