THE curtain has been drawn on an unprecedented 2020 season for the Navy Blues.
Trading Ikon Park for 10 different hotel hubs across Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, it’s been a year we won’t soon forget.
With the final siren having rung on the final game, it’s time to look at those who featured in five or more games for Carlton or made their AFL debuts in 2020.
Here’s the year that was for Carlton’s No.20, Lachie Plowman.
KEY AFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets):
Disposals: 163 (10.2) Marks: 54 (3.4) Intercept possessions: 73 (4.6) Rebound 50s: 37 (2.3) One percenters: 60 (3.8)
In a season that brought him his 100th AFL game, Lachie Plowman played a consistent role across half back in a strong defensive unit.
Coming into the year after a third-placed finish in the John Nicholls Medal, Plowman consistently got his job done against the opposition’s most dangerous forward.
Over the course of the year, Plowman held Tom Papley and Michael Walters goalless, while restricting Charlie Cameron and Robbie Gray to one goal apiece.
Plowman played all bar one game this season and proved his wares alongside Liam Jones and Jacob Weitering, with his one percenters as crucial as ever.
Plowman’s best form came in the Blues’ third win of the season over the Western Bulldogs in Round 6.
In Carlton’s most comprehensive win of the season, Plowman’s continued efforts across half back continued to stifle the Western Bulldogs’ attack, keeping them to seven goals and allowing the Blues freedom in attack to notch over 100 points.
In his milestone game, Plowman finished the match with five spoils, 15 pressure acts, five rebound 50s and five one percenters.
A consistent performer in the backline, Plowman’s efforts are best exemplified in his continued efforts in the Blues’ seven-point win over the Kangaroos.
Plowman finished the game with his highest disposal count of the year on 18, but it was his ability to stand up in crucial contests which ensured North Melbourne wasn’t able to run ahead of the determined Carlton side.
His best moment came with just over six minutes left to play in the wet, with North trailing by just eleven points.
A flying shot towards the North Melbourne goal square was marked squarely in slippery conditions by Plowman, allowing the Blues precious time to steady and hold firm in their lead.
THEY SAID IT
In the days leading up to his 100th AFL game celebrated on the road in the Blues’ hub stay on the Gold Coast, there was plenty of praise for the No.20.
“We give him the toughest job every week. Apart from the big boys, he plays on the most dangerous forward: sometimes they’re a bit taller, and then he plays on the small forwards as well,” assistant coach Dale Amos said.
“It’s pretty unusual to see him get beaten significantly in a game against those who are highly talented and the most dangerous in the opposition forward line.”