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Season review: David Cuningham

Julian Trantino, Carlton Media  September 21, 2017 2:28 PM

Cuningham's Rising Star performance Watch David Cuningham's best moments from the weekend's game, which saw him earn the Rising Star nomination for Round 12.

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 its 2016 output, 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 David Cuningham.

GAMES 

Season 2017: 8

Career: 11

GOALS

Season 2017: 6

Career: 6 

KEY AFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets)

Disposals: 103 (12.9) Contested possessions: 46 (5.8) Tackles: 34 (4.2) Marks: 27 (3.4) Metres gained: 1819 (227.4)

OVERVIEW

After playing three senior games in his debut season, Cuningham added another eight to his tally in 2017.

A smooth mover with a hard edge, the 20-year-old worked his way into Carlton’s midfield in Round 9, holding his position in the senior line-up before missing games through adductor and ankle injuries.

He was one of the Blues’ best in their thrilling win over Greater Western Sydney, earning a Rising Star nomination for his exhilarating performance.

 

Cuningham finished the season with six goals from eight games, giving the low-scoring Blues a spark in their forward half.

He was recently rewarded for his impressive year with a new two-year deal, keeping him at Carlton until at least the end of 2019. 

BEST PERFORMANCE

Cuningham shone against GWS, recording 19 disposals and two majors and setting new career-highs for contested possessions (10), intercepts (four) and marks inside 50 (two).

His energy and aggression were key features in a performance that made the footy world stand up and take notice.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT 

A spirited Carlton fought back from a 45-point deficit again North Melbourne, with Cuningham one of the protagonists.

He kicked two goals, with his second the standout.

Receiving a handpass from Bryce Gibbs outside 50, Cuningham put on the afterburners and showed poise to split the middle and put the Blues within a kick.

His goal was met with an almighty roar from the Carlton faithful.