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Beginnings: Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is one of the 16 Australian rules football clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL). The Blues is the third oldest club in the Australian Football League and one of the oldest Australian rules football clubs. The club were the first premiers of the Victorian Football Association (VFA) in 1877,[1] and, along with Essendon, share the most premierships of any VFL/AFL club with 16. EST 1864

Records:
  • * VFL/AFL Premiers – 1906-08, 1914-15, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981-82, 1987, 1995
  • * VFL/AFL runners-up – 1909-10, 1916, 1921, 1932, 1949, 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 1993, 1999
  • * VFL/AFL Pre-season Premiers – 1983, 1997
  • * Challenge Cup Premiers – 1869, 71, 1873-75
  • * VFA Premiers – 1877, 1887
  • * VFA runners-up – 1879, 1889-91
  • * Brownlow Medallists – Bert Deacon (1947), John James (1961), Gordon Collis (1964), Greg Williams (1994)
  • * Coleman Medallists (AFL leading goalkicker) – Tom Carroll (51 goals, 1961), Brendan Fevola (84 goals, 2006), (86 goals, 2009)
  • * Games record holder 375 - Craig Bradley (1986-2002)
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
14 Carlton 22 7 15 0 1568 1978 79.3 28

When Barrot and Barassi traded blows

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Billy Barrot in full flight. (Photo: Carlton Football Club)

Billy Barrot in full flight. (Photo: Carlton Football Club)

The late Bill Barrot’s tenure at Carlton lasted just 12 senior appearances through 1971 and could not have ended in more contentious circumstances.

It happened in the final home and away match of the ’71 season – against Collingwood at Princes Park – after Barrot (who died last week of a heart ailment at the age of 72) and the equally headstrong coach Ron Barassi became embroiled in a vigorous altercation in the old Heatley Stand rooms at the half-time.

As was the case at the corresponding period of the famous ’70 grand final, Barassi’s Blues were seven goals in arrears when the half-time siren blared.

Adrian Gallagher, Carlton’s resident first rover, well remembers the incident.

“We were all in for ‘Barass’s’ address and I remember him saying at one point that Billy didn’t go hard enough on the press box wing,” Gallagher...


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Blues hold junior clinic at Eynesbury

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Lachie Plowman meets a young Bluebagger at the Eynesbury Farmers Market. (Photo: Matthew Morden)

Lachie Plowman meets a young Bluebagger at the Eynesbury Farmers Market. (Photo: Matthew Morden)

Celebrating fresh produce and local farmers, Carlton players soaked up the sun at the Eynesbury Farmers Market on Sunday. 

Held on the lawns of Eynsbury’s iconic homestead, Ed Curnow, Sam Kerridge, Lachie Plowman, Liam Jones and Daniel Gorringe walked among the local stalls that aim to empower rural farming communities.

After trying some of the fresh produce, the players took more than 100 young Blues supporters through their paces in a junior clinic.

Kerridge and Jones were in charge of manning the handball target, while Gorringe and Plowman shared some tips at the goalkicking zone, and Curnow adjudicated the over-and-under course.

Everyone who attended got a chance to experience the charm that Eynesbury has to offer – from ‘Ploughman’s Picnic’ to the giant game of Connect Four on the...


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Rocca returns

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Saverio Rocca is back at the Blues. (Photo: Carlton Media)

Saverio Rocca is back at the Blues. (Photo: Carlton Media)

A familiar face has returned to Ikon Park, with former AFL and NFL champ Sav Rocca joining the Blues as a kicking coach.

After spending some time at Carlton during the 2015 season, Rocca has made his way back to the Club to assist players with their kicking technique.

During his AFL career, Rocca booted a whopping 748 goals in 257 games for Collingwood and North Melbourne between 1992 and 2006.


Sav Rocca was a prominent goalkicker during his AFL career. (Photo: AFL Media)

Once he retired from footy, Rocca headed to the USA where he spent five seasons in the NFL as a punter for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.

Carlton’s Head of Football Andrew McKay says Rocca is a welcome addition to the Blues’ football department.

“We’re delighted Sav has returned to the Club for the 2017 season,” McKay said.

“He not only...


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Blues on par at golf day

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Sam Kerridge prepares to take a shot at the Blues' annual corporate golf day. (Photo: Carlton Media)

Sam Kerridge prepares to take a shot at the Blues' annual corporate golf day. (Photo: Carlton Media)

Competitive banter, a few amateur swings and plenty of laughter made Carlton’s annual corporate golf day one to remember.

Held at Eynesbury Homestead and Golf on Thursday and sponsored by Ikon Services, the fun-filled day saw Carlton players, club officials and sponsors unite for some healthy competition.

Blues players including Sam Kerridge, Jed Lamb, Ciaran Byrne, Blaine Boekhorst, Harry McKay, Ciaran Sheehan, Andrew Gallucci and Matt Korcheck represented the playing squad, while former Carlton stars Adrian Gleeson, Mil Hanna, Ian Aitken and Michael Jamison also hit form.   

While the two Irishmen impressed on the fairway, it was former club great Ian Aitken who outclassed his younger counterparts to strike the longest drive.

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History behind the numbers

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With the Blues revealing their new 2017 player numbers, here's a look at the history of the 14 numbers that have new keepers:

No.1 - Jack Silvagni

For the third time in history, Carlton’s No.1 guernsey will be inherited by a Silvagni. No.1 was recently vacated when Andrew Walker called an end to his 202-game career, allowing the Silvagni tradition to live on through 18-year old Jack. The No.1 has been made famous by four Carlton Hall of Fame members, including star centre half-forward of the 1920s Horrie Clover, former inspirational captain Ken Hands, club legend Sergio Silvagni and full-back of the century Stephen Silvagni. 

Guernsey record holder: Stephen Silvagni (312 games)

Hall of Fame: Stephen Silvagni (Legend), Sergio Silvagni (Legend), Ken Hands, Horrie Clover

Premiership players: Billy Dick, Frank Anderson, Ken Hands, Sergio Silvagni, Greg Wells, Stephen...


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Glass-McCasker: No.40 means a lot to me

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Carlton rookie Jesse Glass-McCasker is proud to inherit Michael Jamison's No.40 jumper next season. (Photo: AFL Media)

Carlton rookie Jesse Glass-McCasker is proud to inherit Michael Jamison's No.40 jumper next season. (Photo: AFL Media)

From one defender to another, Carlton’s No. 40 guernsey will once again grace the footy field in 2017.

Following the retirement of 150-gamer Michael Jamison, his younger counterpart Jesse Glass-McCasker has been bestowed his number, and he “couldn’t be happier”.

When the 19-year-old cheekily sent ‘Jamo’ a photo alluding to his ‘new jumper number’, Glass-McCasker was over the moon with the veteran’s response.

“I sent him a snapchat just mucking around with a photo of the No. 40 locker, saying ‘here is my new locker’, and he messaged me straight after saying he’d be rapt if I took it (the No. 40) – so I was pretty happy,” Glass-McCasker said.

“I lived with Jamo last year and he’s been my idol for a while. He took me under his wing when I first arrived at the Club, so...


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Numbers revealed

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Continuing the family tradition, Jack Silvagni will continue his career in the Blues’ famous No.1 guernsey.

Previously worn by father Stephen and grandfather Serge, the number was vacated by Andrew Walker following his retirement this year.

The 18-year-old said he was thrilled to continue a proud family tradition in the navy blue guernsey.  

“The No.1 guernsey is obviously really significant to our family so I always thought that one day if I had the opportunity to pull it on, I would take that with both hands,” Silvagni said.

“'Walks' (Andrew Walker) actually approached the Club about his guernsey going to me and the Club then asked Dad (Stephen).

“Dad and my Nonno (Serge) presented me with the jumper in Italy recently with my mum and Nonna watching on. It was very special. It is a real privilege...


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Silvagni's dream comes true

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Alex Silvagni's lifelong dream Carlton Media spoke to rookie draftee Alex Silvagni after training today at Ikon Park.

Alex Silvagni’s childhood wish of becoming a Blue was finally granted on Monday.

The Blues picked up the former Docker with their second selection in the 2016 NAB AFL Rookie Draft, paving the way for the 29-year-old to join the club he supported as a kid.

"It was always a childhood dream to play for Carlton, so hopefully I can earn my way into the side next year," Alex Silvagni told Carlton Media.

“I always grew up following Carlton. I just love those old days with (Stephen) Kernahan, (Craig) Bradley and (Greg) Williams."

The seasoned defender played 53 games for Fremantle after being taken in the 2010 rookie draft.

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Kerr up for the challenge

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Press Conference | Kerr & Williamson Patrick Kerr and Tom Williamson fronted the media at Ikon Park today.

Patrick Kerr knows there will be pressure to live up to his family name at Carlton, but is confident he can do so.

Kerr is the grandson of the late Laurie Kerr, one of the Blues' best players in the 1950s.

Lightning quick and courageous to a fault, Laurie played 149 games, finished second in the Carlton's 1958 best and fairest award and was later named as an emergency in the club's Team of the Century.

After retiring at the end of 1959, Laurie became an off-field powerbroker at Princes Park and played a key role in one of the most momentous signings in Carlton's history, helping to lure Melbourne great Ron Barassi to the Blues as captain-coach in 1965.


Carlton great Laurie Kerr. (Photo: Carlton Football Club)

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Macreadie's pleasant surprise

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Press Conference | Polson & Macreadie Cameron Polson and Harrison Macreadie fronted the media at Ikon Park today.

Greater Western Sydney gave Carlton draftee Harrison Macreadie no indication about whether they would select the defender, despite having relocated him to Sydney at the start of 2016.

The Blues bid No.47 on Macreadie at the NAB AFL Draft last Friday and GWS opted not to match.

Macreadie played nine matches with the Giants' NEAFL side this year, including the winning grand final, with the club keeping a close eye on his progress.

From Henty, a country town located between Albury and Wagga Wagga, Macreadie was unperturbed by having to move once again.

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"We had a few conversations but they (the Giants) gave me nothing. They kept their cards pretty close to their chest," Macreadie said.

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Kerr's drafting brings immense joy

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Press Conference | Kerr & Williamson Patrick Kerr and Tom Williamson fronted the media at Ikon Park today.

To say Vivienne Kerr was delighted with the outcome of last Friday night’s national draft would be one of the great understatements of 2016.

“I am over the moon. To hear Patrick’s name called was incredible,” Vivienne said.

Carlton’s No.1 female ticketholder was by her grandson’s side and glued to the set when the club identified Patrick Kerr as its fourth-round selection (selection 65 overall) at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion. 

For Vivienne, the lead-up proved to be truly excruciating, as she sat through the draft telecast in silent hope.  

“I was at his (Patrick’s) home sitting next to him and waiting anxiously,” Vivienne said. “I was terribly nervous and I think it’s a cruel process, but he is rapt with the outcome and so am I.”

 
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2017 list finalised

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Silvagni wraps up draft GM of List Management & Strategy Stephen Silvagni wraps up the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.

Carlton has now finalised its 2017 playing list, adding two new players at Monday’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft. 

The Blues welcomed Kym LeBois and Alex Silvagni, while Andrew Gallucci and Ciaran Sheehan have been re-rookied at the Club to finalise its 2017 playing group.

LeBois was taken with the Club’s No.5 pick and is known for his skills, pace and awareness. The small forward has played for the Roosters in the SANFL and has been a member of Port Adelaide’s Aboriginal Academy.

Meanwhile, another Silvagni will join the Blues with Alex Silvagni being picked up after 53 games for Fremantle since 2010. The 29-year-old is set to add experience and maturity to a young Carlton backline.

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Blues add another Silvagni

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Former Docker Alex Silvagni has joined the Blues as a rookie. (Photo: AFL Media)

Former Docker Alex Silvagni has joined the Blues as a rookie. (Photo: AFL Media)

Another Silvagni will join the Blues after Alex Silvagni was recruited to the Club at Monday’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

The 29-year-old’s AFL career will continue in the navy blue, after 53 games for Fremantle between 2010 to 2016.   

The experienced defender will provide key position maturity and additional depth to a young, developing Carlton side. 

GM of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni said the drafting of the mature defender was to provide additional support in the Blues’ backline. 

Another Silvagni at the Blues! Welcome to former Docker Alex Silvagni, pick No.23 in the rookie draft. #AFLDraft #BoundByBlue pic.twitter.com/iiVA4RQOku

— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) November 28, 2016

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LeBois a Carlton rookie

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South Australian Kym Lebois has joined Carlton as a rookie. (Photo: AFL Media)

South Australian Kym Lebois has joined Carlton as a rookie. (Photo: AFL Media)

Carlton has secured the talents of South Australian small forward Kym LeBois in the 2016 rookie draft.

Taken with the Club’s No.5 pick, LeBois is known for his skills, pace and goal awareness.

Two years ago the 18-year-old moved from his home town of Ceduna, located on the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula, to Adelaide, in order to further his football career.

Since making the move LeBois has been playing for the Roosters in the SANFL, and has also been a member of Port Adelaide’s Aboriginal Academy. 

Welcome to Carlton, Kym LeBois! The South Australian small forward joins us at pick 5 in the rookie draft. #AFLDraft #BoundByBlue pic.twitter.com/MYl5HARll6

— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) November 28, 2016

Football smarts run in the family, with the elusive forward related to Essendon and Port champ Gavin...


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The making of Petrevski-Seton

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AFL Media's Callum Twomey wrote this feature on Sam Petrevski-Seton before he was drafted to Carlton at pick No.6 in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft...

Friday, January 22, 2016

To get to Halls Creek from Perth, you need to take a three-hour flight north-east to Kununurra near the Northern Territory border and then drive four hours south-west down the Great Northern Highway. The population of the small remote town in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia is about 1000, although Sam Petrevski-Seton thinks it's less than that.

That's probably because Petrevski-Seton knows most of them on a first-name basis. His family lives at "the bottom end of town", near where the garden area creek runs. But his neighbours are also family – uncles and cousins are scattered around town. When he was younger, there was an open-door policy in Halls Creek and Petrevski-Seton would casually hop from place...


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Petrevski-Seton credits mentor

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Petrevski-Seton a proud Blue Carlton's first-round draft pick Sam Petrevski-Seton spoke to Carlton Media moments after being named a Blue.

Carlton recruit Sam Petrevski-Seton says he "wouldn't have a clue" where he'd be without the guidance of the mentor he's had since he was a kid.

That man is Phil Collins, a former deputy principal at Halls Creek High School in Western Australia's far north, who helped and encouraged Petrevski-Seton's move to Perth four years ago.

Growing up in the Kimberley, the gifted midfielder spoke the local Kriol language, and with the blessing of Petrevski-Seton's family, Collins provided one of the state's best footy talents with vital assistance in his move almost 3000km south to further his schooling and eventually play with WAFL club Claremont.

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Blues bolster midfield

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Silvagni wraps up draft GM of List Management & Strategy Stephen Silvagni wraps up the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.

After focusing on reinforcing its spine in last year's NAB AFL Draft, Carlton used most of its picks this year to bolster its midfield.

The Blues used four of their five picks at last year's draft on key-position players, taking defender Jacob Weitering and forwards Harry McKay, Ed Curnow and Jack Silvagni.

But this year the Blues used their first two picks, No.6 and No.27, on West Australian midfielders Sam Petrevski-Seton and Zac Fisher, then added Victorian on-ballers Cameron Polson, at No.59, and Tom Williamson, No.61.

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Carlton list manager Stephen Silvagni said the Blues had been focused on adding to their midfield depth this year and were pleased with Friday night's four recruits.

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Pick 59: Cameron Polson

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Cameron Polson highlights | Pick 59 Watch number fifty-nine pick Cameron Polson's highlights.

Carlton has selected Cam Polson with pick No.59 in the 2016 NAB AFL National Draft.

A small pressure forward who can also run through the midfield, Polson hails from Haileybury College in Keysborough, Victoria.

The 18-year-old also played four games with the Sandringham Dragons, before a shoulder injury unfortunately cut his season short.

In those matches for the Dragons he mostly played on the wing, highlighting his versatility across the ground.

Carlton’s General Manager of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni says Polson is a very valuable selection so deep in the draft.

“Cam possesses great speed and has real power,” Silvagni said.

“He’s also a great tackler and has neat skills, so we’re excited to see just how far he can develop.”

Welcome, Cam!

STATS:
DOB: 11.3.1998
Position:...


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Pick 61: Tom Williamson

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Tom Williamson highlights | Pick 61 Watch number sixty-one pick Tom Williamson's highlights.

Carlton has selected North Ballarat midfielder Tom Williamson with pick No.61 in the 2016 national draft.

Williamson showed off his excellent endurance at the AFL national combine, finishing first in the agility test and second in the 3km time trial. He prides himself on his fitness, finishing top 10 in another five tests, including the beep.

Williamson is a skilful medium defender/midfielder who can break games open with his speed. He shows good awareness and footy smarts and is a prolific ball-winner.

Welcome to Carlton, Tom Williamson! The defender joins us from the North Ballarat Rebels at pick No.61. #CarltonDraft #BoundByBlue pic.twitter.com/PILBToinMT

— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) November 25, 2016

Welcome, Tom!

STATS:
DOB: 12.12.1998
Position: Midfielder
Height: 190cm
Weight: 79kg
Club: North...


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Pick 27: Zac Fisher

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Zac Fisher highlights | Pick 27 Watch number twenty-seven pick Zac Fisher's highlights.

Carlton has taken Western Australian on-baller Zac Fisher with pick No.27 in the 2016 national draft.

After an outstanding season in the midfield for the Perth Demons, the 18-year-old quickly shot up the draft order, making him a true top-30 contender.

Averaging 21 disposals in four games during the U18 Championships, as well as ranking seventh overall for clearances in the division one carnival, Fisher’s clean hands and quick thinking around the contest was constantly on show.

Although he only stands at 175cm, his height has never stopped him racking up possessions and going in hard at every contest. His ability to keep the ball moving forward is a key part of his game.

Welcome to the Blues, Zac Fisher! The small forward becomes our second selection from WA, taken at No.27. #CarltonDraft


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