CARLTON veteran Ed Curnow has arguably elevated his game to new heights in 2019.
The experienced Blue has proved invaluable across the ground over the last two months, proving as impactful through the centre with his ball-winning capabilities as he is in a tagging role.
Curnow spoke to media on Tuesday morning about his role and responsibilities ahead of the Blues’ Round 21 clash with Richmond.
The last time the Blues met the Tigers, Curnow was stationed in a new role across half forward: since then, he has returned to familiar ground.
“Teaguey’s really strong on just bringing your own individual strengths,” Curnow said.
“For me it’s contest and run and then I try and build my game around that, and then if it’s to go play on a star opposition player that is part of my job.
“I’m just loving the way we’re playing at the moment as a group.”
Curnow was once again influential against the Eagles last weekend, collecting 18 disposals and five clearances through the centre.
But despite his best efforts around the contest, West Coast outclassed Carlton to finish 24 points the stronger side on the day.
That wasn’t down to lack of effort, however, with Curnow praising the work of a defensive unit missing some key names.
“I think our backline has been great this year,” he said.
“I still thought Weiters and Plow on the weekend did their job against a duo that are probably the best in the competition in Kennedy and Darling.”
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Coming up against another star forward line in the Tigers this Sunday, Curnow believes the Blues’ backline is primed to take it to arguably the competition’s form side.
“We’re up for the challenge,” he said of the Round 21 clash.
“I’m really proud of the backline and the work they’re doing with Dale Amos.”
“They’ve had a great year and they’re a strong group. I’m backing them for the challenge this week against a really strong Richmond forward line.”