IT WAS a big week to be a Blue.
While the Game Changers kicked off the year in the best possible fashion, Carlton's AFL side ramped up preparations for its own season opener on March 19.
The pre-season camp officially wrapped up on Friday night: this is the week that was.
Trac-ing very nicely
"The body is feeling really good... I've ticked every box so far."— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) February 2, 2020
It's full steam ahead for the Tractor. ??#BoundByBlue
Speaking to media, Matthew Kreuzer had an update to truly delight everyone of a Navy Blue persuasion.
The first of many
Training gallery No.1. There will be plenty of these.
His happy place
A return to the Sunshine Coast brought back some great memories for Michael Gibbons.
Break the Internet
We're just going to leave this here.
Oh captain, my captain
Starting off strong. Sam Docherty gets wired for sound at the first main training session.
LOB checks in
“I’m putting a big emphasis on my ability to compete — I know it’s something I need to keep working on.”— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) February 4, 2020
The first of five. Lochie O’Brien shares a unique insight into the gruelling first day of pre-season camp.#BoundByBlue
The hardest session he's ever done, the best diary entry he's ever done.
This time last year
"I was battling for a spot on the list last year but - in a way - I'm doing the same this year. I'm battling for a spot in the team now."— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) February 4, 2020
Matthew Cottrell's Navy Blue journey was almost over before it even began.
Just like Gibbons, Matthew Cottrell fondly remembers his last pre-season camp. Except for one thing.
Ready to launch
Oh wow. Paddy had some very exciting things to say when speaking to media.
A diary entry from Mr. Kennedy...
"It's always a great feeling finishing a camp on a tough session knowing that you got through it together."— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) February 5, 2020
ICYMI, there's still plenty left to come. Matthew Kennedy runs through the second day of pre-season camp.#BoundByBlue
'Willo' opens up
It's going to be a long time coming when Tom Williamson pulls on the Navy Blue again.
Comments from the coach
"As coaches, we were looking at our best 22 and we all varied. That competition for a spot in the team is something we haven't had a lot of."— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) February 5, 2020
It's all coming together.#BoundByBlue
Six weeks to go.
A Boult from the Blue
One of the best stories of the last 12 months isn't over just yet.
"It's pretty cool"
"It's something that I've realised how important it is to a lot of people."— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) February 6, 2020
Even the footy-mad Sam Philp was blown away by the Navy Blue support on the Sunshine Coast. ??#BoundByBlue
You're not wrong, Sammy. A new Blue wraps up day three.
This is the best
Another (final one)
Everyone looks better in Navy Blue
Jack Newnes couldn't have been happier with how camp turned out.
Not backing down
"There was a period of time where there was a question mark about whether I'd be able to play again."— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) February 7, 2020
Speaking to @RileyBev, Liam Jones speaks about the worrying times in 2019 and how grateful he is to be wearing the Navy Blue.#BoundByBlue
He's had one of the great career turnarounds. But, as Liam Jones tells, it could have been over in an instant.
Who goes where?
Trying to figure out the best 22 puzzle... ??— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) February 8, 2020
Where will these versatile Blues play in 2020? The coach provides some insight.#BoundByBlue
Figuring out your best 22? It's the most wonderful time of the year.
"You can't hide in The Cage"
Mitch McGovern is out to make a big impact.