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.


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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?

Their first fixture in the 2021 AFL season will be against Richmond on 18 March. Here's the upcoming schedule for the Carlton Blues. You can see the complete AFL draw here.

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
Round 6 Friday, 23 April Carlton vs Brisbane Lions Marvel Stadium, VIC 5:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 7 Sunday, 2 May Essendon vs Carlton MCG, VIC 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 8 Sunday, 9 May Western Bulldogs vs Carlton Marvel Stadium, VIC 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 9 Sunday, 16 May Melbourne vs Carlton MCG, VIC 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 10 Saturday, 22 May Carlton vs Hawthorn MCG, VIC 1:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 11 Sunday, 30 May Sydney Swans vs Carlton SCG, NSW 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 12 Sunday, 6 June Carlton vs West Coast Eagles MCG, VIC 3:00 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 14 Saturday ,19 June Greater Western Sydney vs Carlton Spotless Stadium 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 15 Sunday ,27 June Carlton vs Adelaide Crows Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 17 Saturday ,10 July Carlton Blues vs Geelong Cats Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel

Carlton Blues squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
19 Eddie Betts Forward 316
41 Levi Casboult Defender, Forward 124
46 Matt Cottrell Defender 0
9 Patrick Cripps Midfield 101
28 David Cuningham Forward 25
30 Charlie Curnow Forward 58
35 Edward Curnow Midfield 165
12 Tom De Koning Ruck 2
15 Sam Docherty Defender 92
2 Paddy Dow Midfield, Forward 39
25 Zac Fisher Midfield, Forward 55
40 Michael Gibbons Forward 21
45 Hugh Goddard Defender 12
36 Josh Honey Midfield, Forward 0
14 Liam Jones Defender 125
17 Brodie Kemp Midfield 0
7 Matthew Kennedy Forward 41
8 Matthew Kreuzer Ruck 188
16 Darcy Lang Forward 63
26 Harrison Macreadie Defender 9
22 Caleb Marchbank Defender 48
21 Jack Martin Midfield, Forward 97
11 Mitch McGovern Forward 64
10 Harry McKay Forward 35
36 Callum Moore Forward 8
3 Marc Murphy Midfield 268
24 Nic Newman Defender 51
32 Jack Newnes Midfield 155
4 Lochie O'Brien Midfield 35
38 Finbar O'Dwyer Forward 0
44 Matt Owies Forward 0
5 Sam Petrevski-Seton Defender, Midfield 64
39 Fraser Phillips Forward 0
34 Sam Philp Midfield 0
27 Marc Pittonet Ruck 7
20 Lachlan Plowman Defender 94
29 Cameron Polson Forward 16
33 Sam Ramsay Midfield 0
43 Will Setterfield Midfield 20
37 Ben Silvagni Defender 0
1 Jack Silvagni Forward 60
6 Kade Simpson Defender 325
13 Liam Stocker Defender 5
18 Sam Walsh Midfield 22
23 Jacob Weitering Defender 76
31 Tom Williamson Defender 17

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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