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Season review: Blaine Boekhorst

Jacqueline Guldon, Carlton Media  September 14, 2017 2:15 PM

Goal of the Week | Round 17 Blaine Boekhorst takes Goal of the Week in Round 17 after selling some candy before a composed finish.

The Carlton Football Club embarked on the second stage of its journey under senior coach Brendon Bolton in 2017.

After registering six wins, the Blues finished the season in 16th place on the ladder.

Despite falling four points short of the 2016 season, Carlton won more quarters in 2017, demonstrating the growth of the playing group in its second year with Bolton at the helm.

With the team now on a break, we’re analysing each player’s year in statistics. Here’s the review for Carlton midfielder Blaine Boekhorst.

GAMES

Season 2017: 7

Career: 25 

GOALS

Season 2017: 7 

Career: 15

KEY AFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets)

Disposals: 116 (16.57) Kicks: 77 (11) Marks: 31 (4.43) Contested possessions: 30 (4.29) Tackles: 21 (3)

OVERVIEW

On the back of two 36-disposal performances for the Northern Blues, Boekhorst earned a senior call-up for Carlton’s Round 13 clash with Gold Coast.

While he was unable to solidify a position in the senior side, Boekhorst managed to build consistency across the team’s final four games to finish his third season on a high.

He averaged a goal a game in his seven matches, with three of them earning him Carlton's Goal of the Week honours.

The 24-year-old amassed a career-high 26 touches against Hawthorn in Round 22. With a disposal efficiency of 80.8 per cent, he was a driving force behind the Blues’ seven-point win.

While the 24-year-old is currently out of contract, positive performances in the Blues’ final two matches saw him put his best foot forward to continue at the Club next season.

BEST PERFORMANCE 

Boekhorst was a shining light in the Blues' heavy defeat to Sydney in Round 23, amassing 19 disposals (five contested), eight marks and three goals.

When Carlton needed a spark, it was Boekhorst who repeatedly put his hand up.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT 

Boekhorst had Carlton supporters in raptures with a stunning solo effort in his home state.

With the scores level at 58-58 against West Coast at Domain Stadium, the 23-year-old intercepted a kick in the Blues’ forward 50 before selling some candy and splitting the big sticks from the boundary.