Gab Pound: the inaugural Blue that just keeps getting better.
Despite a hand injury disrupting what had been an uninterrupted record at the senior level, Pound continued to impress in her seven AFLW games in 2021.
Pound was a welcome addition to the side in the Blues' first win of the season against the Saints in Round 3 and barely broke stride for the rest of her year, playing the remaining six games.
Known for her organisation across half back and her desperation in defence, Pound impressed enough to finish seventh in Carlton's top honours at the 2021 AFLW Best and Fairest.
Having lost the week prior to North Melbourne away from home, Carlton was determined to get its season back on track with a win over Geelong in Round 6.
One of many veterans to stand up on the day, Pound was influential with her 18 disposals as Carlton's defence quickly shut down any options the Cats created in attack.
The resolute Blue was able to use her strength and intercept ability excellently at IKON Park, finishing the afternoon with three marks and three tackles on the board.
There is nothing like a Navy Blue goal, but when it comes from one of the Blues' most experienced campaigners - and the backline - it's just that little bit better.
Pound pounced on her opportunity inside 50 against the Cats, taking advantage of the loose ball in the third quarter to notch her major for the season.
The goal gave Carlton the confidence it needed heading into the fourth term with Blues coming from across the ground to celebrate with the inaugural Game Changer.