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Season by the numbers

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Carlton Media takes a look at the Blues' best statistical performers in 2017:


Levi Casboult 34
Matthew Wright 30
Charlie Curnow 20
Jack Silvagni 19
Bryce Gibbs 17

Levi Casboult's improved accuracy led to his first time on top of Carlton's goalkicking charts. The recently re-signed forward converted 56.7 per cent of his shots on goal, up 17 per cent on his 2016 output.

Levi Casboult made better use of his goalscoring opportunities in 2017. (Photo: AFL Media)


Marc Murphy 125
Bryce Gibbs 123
Matthew Wright 116
Sam Docherty 104
Kade Simpson  103

Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs make things happen when in possession, involved in the most scoring chains for Carlton in 2017. They were well-supported by small forward Matthew Wright, whose creativity often created scores out of seemingly nothing.


Sam Docherty 487
Marc Murphy  478
Bryce Gibbs 411
Kade Simpson  397
Patrick Cripps 257

An elite decision-maker and distributor, 2017 All Australian Sam Docherty proved the Blues' chief playmaker in defence. He narrowly eclipsed Murphy for effective disposals, despite having 43 less possessions than the Carlton skipper.


Marc Murphy 225
Bryce Gibbs 223
Matthew Kreuzer 206
Patrick Cripps 203
Sam Docherty  144

Murphy took the mantle for the coveted contested possessions count, but only just ahead of Gibbs. The Blues didn't have anyone inside the league's top 25 for total contested possessions - an area they'll need to improve in 2018.


Bryce Gibbs 129
Matthew Kreuzer 107
Sam Petrevski-Seton 95
Patrick Cripps 90
Marc Murphy 86

At just 19 years of age and with a slight frame, Sam Petrevski-Seton's top-three finish for tackles was a remarkable effort. Kreuzer had the second-most tackles of any ruckman, finishing three behind Greater Western Sydney's Shane Mumford.

Sam Petrevski-Seton's tackling was a feature in his debut season. (Photo: AFL Media)


Levi Casboult 52
Charlie Curnow 36
Matthew Kreuzer 19
Liam Jones  17
Jacob Weitering 16

Casboult and Charlie Curnow will create many headaches for opposition defences in the coming years, finishing 2nd and 15th in the league respectively for total contested marks in 2017. This feat becomes all the more applausible given Carlton had the second-least inside 50s.


Bryce Gibbs 109
Patrick Cripps 101
Marc Murphy  101
Matthew Kreuzer 94
Sam Petrevski-Seton 42

Patrick Cripps played eight less games than Gibbs, but only just missed out on leading the Blues for clearances. The midfield bull averaged 6.7 clearances a game this season, ranked sixth overall in the competition.

Clearance specialist Patrick Cripps doing what he does best. (Photo: AFL Media)


Sam Docherty 11,321
Kade Simpson 9,019
Marc Murphy 8,508
Bryce Gibbs 8,078
Matthew Wright 5,593

Docherty was the Blues' most effective player for moving the footy forward (by a long way, too). Finishing second for metres gained was Kade Simpson, proving just how much Carlton relies on him and Docherty to launch out of defence.

Sam Docherty got the Blues moving forward more than anyone else. (Photo: AFL Media)


Sam Docherty 139
Kade Simpson 114
Lachie Plowman  112
Caleb Marchbank 97
Jacob Weitering 94

The defenders led the way for intercepts, with Docherty emerging on top again for another vital stat. In 2017, the Blues proved they had no shortage of defenders who could read the play well and put their bodies on the line for that all-important intercept.


Liam Jones 132
Lachie Plowman 94
Jacob Weitering 79
Sam Rowe 66
Matthew Kreuzer 63

Reborn defender Liam Jones led the competition for average one-percenters, with his acceleration and ability to halve the contests on full display. His two standout spoils against Hawthorn (see below) were sights to behold.