AFL 2020: Carlton – Midseason Report Card

With some exciting wins and devastating losses, its been mixed bag for the Blues in 2020. How has Bozza graded their first nine games?

What are you meant to take away from a team that has lost to Melbourne, fell over the line against North Melbourne but beaten Geelong and led the competition leading Power until after the final siren? Bozza does his best to work through all of this and grade Carlton’s first nine games.


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What’s gone right

You are right if you think the Blues have been more exciting to watch this year. Making allowances for the shortened game times, while they are roughly conceding points at a similar rate, they are scoring two more goals a game than if games were the same length.

Their win over Geelong at GMHBA Stadium was their best for a number of years. They were electric in the first three quarters before withstanding a last quarter comeback from the Cats. It was the kind of reward they deserved for the enterprising way they’ve gone about their footy.


What’s gone wrong

While their enterprising play has won them many admirers in 2020, it hasn’t helped them stem the tide when their opposition gain the ascendancy. Their loss to Richmond came after conceding the first five goals of the game, the loss to Melbourne the first seven.

Victory over Geelong almost surrendered by conceding seven of the last eight goals. Their win over North Melbourne similarly put in jeopardy when they conceded seven out of nine goals during the second and third quarters.

The silver lining in the North win was that it put them within two points of the Top Eight, which precipitated the Blues most calamitous result of the season. Not having learned their lesson, they surrendered a 31-point lead by conceding eight of the next nine goals.


Standout player

Patrick Cripps

While David Teague’s proudest moments this year would be when his team found ways to win without significant impact from him, we can’t go past Patrick Cripps has the Blues standout player. The club’s leader in club disposals, clearances and second in inside 50s he remains Carlton’s most influential player.


Run home

Rd 11West CoastOptus Stadium
Rd 12FremantleOptus Stadium
Rd 13Gold CoastTIO Stadium
?Adelaide?
?Brisbane?
?Collingwood?
?GWS?
?Sydney?

A mixed bag awaits the Blues in the run home with games against three teams currently in the top eight and three against the current bottom three. With a four and five record they don’t a lot of room for error though if they are to claim an unlikely finals berth.


Final Grade

C

While a four and five record would be considered a fail for some teams, given where they have come from, this is not the case for the Blues. With just one finish outside the bottom four, and two wooden spoons, in the last five years, the Blues are well placed for their best finish to a season since they last played finals in 2013.


Can’t get enough footy? Check out more of our Pinch Hitters Mid Season Report Cards here.

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