NEW YEAR, new names.
The back-end of 2023 marked a big few months at IKON Park, with 11 new players welcomed to Carlton: six of those in the AFL program, with another five joining Mathew Buck's AFLW side.
From the AFLW program, here's what to expect from the newest Blues.
Celine Moody (No.8)
Celine Moody joined Carlton through a three-way trade with the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne in the 2023 AFLW trade period.
Arriving from the Western Bulldogs, Moody has a high level of experience in the AFLW, playing 42 games, including one finals match.
Standing at 186 centimetres, Moody predominantly plays as a ruck and will complement her twin sister as well as Jess Good.
Strong in the air, Moody also has the tools to make an impact up forward, while her positional versatility makes her a headache for the opposition.
This is the second set of siblings to join the Blues for their 2024 campaign after Elijah Hollands joined his brother Ollie Hollands earlier this year.
Yasmin Duursma (No.11)
Yasmin Duursma joined Port Adelaide in 2022, taken with pick Port’s fifth pick in the 2022 AFLW Draft before requesting a trade to the Blues in the 2023 AFLW trade period.
Playing on the wing, Duursma has a strong running capacity and can creatively and effectively use the ball. She has the ability to win the ball back in the air and prides herself on her endurance base and work rate.
Her playing style will complement her new teammates, including close friend Keeley Skepper, through the midfield.
With already 11 games under her belt, Duursma is excited to further develop and grow her football when she joins the Blues.
A family football affair, Duursma returns to Victoria, where brothers Xavier (Essendon) and Zane (North Melbourne) are also on AFL lists after moves in the off-season.
Meg Robertson (No.15)
Meg Robertson arrived at Carlton after being selected with pick No.31 in the 2023 AFLW Draft.
Robertson joins the Blues as a father-daughter selection, with her dad Ben playing three games for the Blues in 1992. In doing so, Robertson joins Abbie McKay as Carlton’s second father-daughter selection.
Throughout 2023, Robertson established herself as a highly promising midfield prospect, representing Vic Country in the national championships as well as the Dandenong Stingrays in the Coates Talent League, finishing runner-up in their best and fairest.
A cross-code athlete as a talented junior basketballer, Robertson recently made the decision to dedicate herself to her football, and that well and truly paid dividends this year.
The 18-year-old has a natural ability to read the play, using her clean hands and creativity to dispose of the ball through traffic. A key feature of Robertson’s game is her speed, breaking through congestion and using her run and carry to set her team up offensively.
Mainly playing as a midfielder, Robertson can also play as a high half-forward with class around goal.
Tarni Brown (No.26)
Tarni Brown made her way to the Club in the 2023 AFLW trade period, via a four-way trade with Collingwood, St Kilda and North Melbourne.
Brown, daughter of Gavin Brown, arrived at Collingwood through their first-ever father-daughter selection in the 2020 AFLW Draft.
Joining Abbie McKay, the AFLW’s first-ever father-daughter selection, Brown is predominantly positioned in the midfield, with the ability to play either as an inside or outside midfielder.
Brown also has the versatility and composure in front of goals to push forward. Her speed and ability to create in the forward half is sure to excite Carlton fans in future years.
The 21-year-old is experienced at the AFLW level, playing 34 games in her four seasons at Collingwood, with four of those coming in finals: she kicked the match-winning goal in the Pies’ victory over North Melbourne in 2021.
Lila Keck (No.23)
Lila Keck joined the Blues after being selected with pick No.7 in the 2023 AFLW Draft.
Touted as a player to watch in this year’s draft class for several seasons, Keck has represented Vic Country at both under-17s and under-18s level, forging a reputation as a clever ball winner who has the ability to be a match winner.
With an impressive sidestep and proving electric whenever she is near the goals, Keck - who can play as both a midfielder and a small forward - averaged over 19 disposals from seven games for the Bendigo Pioneers, leading from the front as captain.
Finishing in the top five of the two-kilometre time trial at the draft combine, Keck has the endurance and work rate to match her flair in the forward half.
Known for her unique goal celebrations, Keck brings high energy and is a clean distributor of the ball, as she showcased in a promising national carnival with Vic Country, where she averaged 14 disposals and a goal per game.
Taking the initiative to further develop her outstanding footy IQ, Keck participated in some coaching at the Bendigo Pioneers while sidelined with an ankle injury.
Playing for Sandhurst in her junior years, she won three premierships in four years. Along with two local under 18 best-and-fairest awards, she was also named in the 2022 Coates Talent League Team of the Year as a 17-year-old.