2012 Carlton Football Club season

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Carlton Football Club
2012 season
President Stephen Kernahan
Coach Brett Ratten
Captain(s) Chris Judd
Home ground Etihad Stadium
(Training and administrative: Visy Park)
AFL season 10th
Club membership 45,800[1]

The 2012 AFL season was the 116th season in the AFL to be contested by the Carlton Football Club. The club finished tenth out of eighteen teams, missing the finals for the first time since 2008.

Club summary[edit]

The 2012 AFL season was the 116th season of the VFL/AFL competition since its inception in 1897; and, having competed in every season, it was also the 116th season contested by the Carlton Football Club.

As in previous years, the club's primary home ground was Etihad Stadium, with home games expecting to draw larger crowds played at the M.C.G., and with traditional home ground Visy Park serving as the training and administrative base. The club's two joint major sponsors, car manufacturer Hyundai and confectionery company Mars, were unchanged from 2011.[2] Carlton had a full alignment with the Northern Blues in the Victorian Football League, allowing Carlton-listed players to play with the Northern Blues when not selected in AFL matches; the VFL club, known as the Northern Bullants until 2011, changed its name and colours to match Carlton's this season.[3]

The club's membership campaign slogan for 2012 was "I am Carlton"; the slogan was launched in Round 24, 2011.[4] The club set a new membership record of 45,800,[1] passing the 2011 record of 44,136 in May; the club had expected to reach 50,000 members after the strength of early season sales, but fell short of this target.[5]

Senior Personnel[edit]

Brett Ratten continued in his role as senior coach of the club, entering his fifth and final season appointed to the job.Note 1 Ratten's contract was to have expired after the 2011 season, but after that season he was awarded a two-year extension which was to have seen him coach the club until 2013;[6] this contract was ultimately terminated early at the end of the 2012 season, because the club failed to meet onfield expecations during the year.[7]

Ratten's coaching panel for 2012 was joined by Western Bulldogs assistant coach Paul Williams, who had also served as the Bulldogs' caretaker coach for three matches at the end of the 2011 season. Williams was appointed to the new role of assistant coach in charge of midfield stoppages. Ruck assistant coach Matthew Capuano was given additional responsibilities in player development.[8] Vic Country Under-18s coach Robert Hyde was appointed the Northern Blues senior coach on a part-time basis,[9] however, he left the club at midseason, and development coach Darren Harris), who had been Northern Bullants coach in 2011, stepped back into the role for the remainder of the season.[10]

Former club champion Stephen Kernahan continued as club president in the 2012 season, a position he has held since August 2008. General manager of football operations Steven Icke left the club at the end of the 2011, after serving in the role for five seasons. It has been speculated that Icke and Ratten did not enjoy a strong working relationship, and that Ratten's reappointment was in part responsible for Icke's departure.[11] Icke was replaced by former club captain and premiership player Andrew McKay.[12]

Chris Judd served as club captain for the fifth season, with Kade Simpson continuing as vice-captain. The leadership group was expanded from seven to eight players, with Jarrad Waite elevated into the group; the rest of the leadership group – Judd, Simpson, Andrew Carrazzo, Jordan Russell, Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs and Michael Jamison – was unchanged from 2011.[13]

Financial position[edit]

Carlton posted an operating loss of around $680,000 in the 2012 season. It was the club's first loss for six seasons. This was attributed to a drop in crowds caused by poorer-than-expected onfield form, and severance payments to Brett Ratten and several of his assistant coaches when they were sacked with time remaining on their contracts following the season.[14]

Squad for 2012[edit]

Flags represent the state of origin, i.e. the state in which the player played his Under-18s football.

Senior List[15]
No. State Player Age AFL Debut Recruited from Career (to end 2011) 2012 Player Statistics
Gms Gls Gms Gls B D K HB M T HO
1 Victoria (Australia) Andrew Walker 25 2004 Bendigo (U18) 127 93 15 16 11 275 169 106 56 36
2 South Australia Jordan Russell (lg)[13] 25 2005 West Adelaide 109 18 7 1 85 39 46 32 26
3 Victoria (Australia) Marc Murphy (lg)[13] 24 2006 Oakleigh (U18) 126 104 16 11 10 420 236 184 69 63
4 South Australia Bryce Gibbs (lg)[13] 22 2007 Glenelg 112 61 22 8 9 481 317 164 114 91 5
5 Victoria (Australia) Chris Judd (c) 28 2002 Sandringham (U18), West Coast 222 193 17 13 9 426 206 217 55 62
6 Victoria (Australia) Kade Simpson (vc)[16] 27 2003 Eastern (U18) 157 96 19 15 13 426 267 159 106 62 3
7 Victoria (Australia) Dylan Buckley 18 Northern (U18)
8 Victoria (Australia) Matthew Kreuzer 22 2008 Northern (U18) 68 38 20 10 8 243 146 97 60 66 450
9 Western Australia Kane Lucas 20 2010 East Fremantle 10 0 8 5 5 77 46 31 23 22
10 Victoria (Australia) Matthew Watson 19 2011 Calder (U18) 3 0 8 95 73 22 34 9 3
11 Victoria (Australia) Robert Warnock 24 2007 Sandringham (U18), Fremantle 53 12 5 1 35 19 16 8 12 158
12 Tasmania Mitch Robinson 22 2009 Tasmania (U18/VFL) 49 29 18 12 10 379 213 166 94 93 17
13 Western Australia Chris Yarran 21 2009 Swan Districts 45 31 18 9 8 264 197 67 73 31
14 Victoria (Australia) Brock McLean 25 2004 Calder (U18), Melbourne 104 42 15 10 8 388 179 209 78 78 2
15 Victoria (Australia) Jeremy Laidler 22 2009 Geelong (U18, AFL) 21 2 4 47 27 20 16 5
16 Victoria (Australia) Andrew Collins 23 2009 Bendigo (U18), Richmond 27 23 9 6 6 145 88 57 30 30
17 Victoria (Australia) Sam Rowe 24 Murray (U18), Sydney, Norwood
18 Western Australia Paul Bower 23 2006 Peel 60 3 10 2 146 104 42 60 22
19 Victoria (Australia) Eddie Betts 25 2005 Calder (U18) 144 215 22 48 30 285 182 103 72 62
21 Western Australia Josh Bootsma 18 2012 South Fremantle 5 1 49 30 19 12 13
22 Queensland Shaun Hampson 23 2007 Mount Gravatt 44 14 13 15 4 120 61 59 51 24 240
23 Victoria (Australia) Lachlan Henderson 22 2007 Geelong (U18), Brisbane 49 31 11 3 4 133 97 36 59 19 1
24 South Australia Pat McCarthy 19 2012 Glenelg 1 10 6 4 5
25 Victoria (Australia) Luke Mitchell 19 2012 Calder (U18) 1 1 2 8 7 1 3 2
26 Victoria (Australia) Andrew McInnes 19 2012 Dandenong (U18) 8 86 62 24 36 19
27 Western Australia Dennis Armfield 25 2008 Swan Districts 60 9 21 16 6 299 186 113 73 58
29 Victoria (Australia) Heath Scotland 31 1999 Western (U18), Collingwood 223 72 21 2 6 553 283 270 116 72
30 Victoria (Australia) Jarrad Waite (lg)[13] 28 2003 Murray (U18) 143 169 11 27 14 165 116 49 84 30
31 Tasmania Marcus Davies 20 2010 North Hobart 13 1 2 11 10 1 3 2
32 Victoria (Australia) Bret Thornton 28 2002 Oakleigh (U18) 181 21 7 9 6 85 56 29 42 8 10
34 South Australia Nick Duigan 27 2011 Norwood 22 1 16 5 1 198 105 93 49 47
36 Victoria (Australia) Rohan Kerr 20 Dandenong (U18)
38 Western Australia Jeff Garlett 22 2009 Swan Districts 54 99 22 29 27 264 195 69 78 72
40 Victoria (Australia) Michael Jamison (lg)[13] 25 2007 North Ballarat (U18, VFL) 71 1 16 2 202 131 71 75 28
43 Western Australia Simon White 23 2010 Subiaco 12 2 5 53 31 22 24 9
44 Victoria (Australia) Andrew Carrazzo (lg)[13] 28 2004 Oakleigh (U18), Geelong 140 41 14 5 1 345 155 190 53 66
45 Tasmania Aaron Joseph 22 2009 Tasmania (U18) 56 9 13 1 157 95 62 43 29
46 Western Australia David Ellard 22 2008 Swan Districts 27 18 10 4 8 186 114 72 34 56 1
Rookie List[17]
No. State Player Age AFL Debut Recruited from Career (to end 2011) 2012 Player Statistics
Gms Gls Gms Gls B D K HB M T HO
20 South Australia Rhys O'Keeffe 21 2011 North Adelaide 1 0 2 21 8 13 6 4
28 Queensland Tom Bell 20 2012 Morningside 7 4 1 104 67 37 19 30 1
35 Victoria (Australia) Ed Curnow 22 2011 Geelong (U18), Adelaide, Box Hill 12 3 18 2 318 128 190 58 89
37 Victoria (Australia) Nicholas Heyne 21 2010 Gippsland (U18), St Kilda 3 0
39 Victoria (Australia) Frazer Dale 18 2012 Calder (U18) 2 1 7 5 2 2 3 1
41 Victoria (Australia) Levi Casboult 21 2012 Dandenong (U18) 6 7 12 54 37 17 31 12 43
42 Republic of Ireland Zach Tuohy 22 2011 Laois GAA 11 3 19 5 1 208 129 79 39 60
47 Western Australia Mitchell Carter 20 South Fremantle
48 New South Wales Blake Bray 19 Western Suburbs
49 New South Wales Matthew Lodge 18 Riverview
Senior coaching panel[18]
Born Coach Coaching position Carlton Coaching debut Former clubs as coach
Victoria (Australia) Brett Ratten Senior Coach 2007 Melbourne (a), Norwood (EFL) (s)
Victoria (Australia) Alan Richardson Senior Assistant Coach 2011 East Burwood (s), Coburg (s), Western Bulldogs (a), Collingwood (a), Essendon (a)
Victoria (Australia) John Barker Assistant Coach (Forward) 2011 St Kilda (a), Hawthorn (a)
Victoria (Australia) Gavin Brown Assistant Coach (Defense) 2011 Collingwood (a), Collingwood (VFL) (s)
Victoria (Australia) Matthew Capuano Assistant Coach (Ruck) and Development Coach 2009
Western Australia Mark Riley Assistant Coach (Midfield) 2008 Claremont (s), Fremantle (d, a), Melbourne (a, cs)
Tasmania Paul Williams Assistant Coach (Midfield Stoppages) 2012 Melbourne (a), Western Bulldogs (a, cs)
Victoria (Australia) Darren Harris Development Coach, Northern Blues senior coach (from June 28) 2009 Wodonga Raiders (O&MFL) (s), NSW/ACT Rams (d), West Perth (s), West Coast (a), Northern Bullants (s)
Victoria (Australia) Luke Webster Development Coach 2011
Source:[19]
  • For players: (c) denotes captain, (vc) denotes vice-captain, (lg) denotes leadership group.
  • For coaches: (s) denotes senior coach, (cs) denotes caretaker senior coach, (a) denotes assistant coach, (d) denotes development coach.

Playing list changes[edit]

The following summarises all player changes between the conclusion of the 2010 season and the conclusion of the 2011 season.

During trade week, both Setanta Ó hAilpín and Paul Bower requested to be traded, seeking more playing time than they had been receiving at Carlton, but ultimately Carlton did not engage in any trades.[20] Bower was retained on the list, while Ó hAilpín was delisted; Carlton had not wanted to delist Ó hAilpín, but was forced to delist somebody due to AFL rules specifying that each club must make a minimum of three list changes after each season.[21]

In[edit]

Player Previous Club League via
Victoria (Australia) Dylan Buckley Northern Knights TAC Cup Selected under the Father-Son Rule without contest, using Carlton's last pick in the AFL National Draft[20] (a third round pick, No. 62 overall)[22]
Western Australia Josh Bootsma South Fremantle WAFL AFL National Draft, first round (pick No. 22)[22]
Victoria (Australia) Sam Rowe Norwood SANFL AFL National Draft, second round (pick No. 44)[22]
Queensland Tom Bell Morningside NEAFL AFL Rookie Draft, first round (pick No. 14)[23]
Victoria (Australia) Nicholas Heyne St Kilda AFL AFL Rookie Draft, second round (pick No. 32)[23]
Victoria (Australia) Frazer Dale Calder Cannons TAC Cup AFL Rookie Draft, third round (pick No. 50)[23]
New South Wales Matthew Lodge Riverview AFL Sydney Elevated from NSW/ACT Scholarship during AFL Rookie Draft, fourth round (pick No. 67)[23]

Out[edit]

Player New Club League via
Victoria (Australia) Ryan Houlihan[24] Sydney Hills[25] NEAFL Retired from the AFL
Victoria (Australia) Jaryd Cachia[20] Norwood[26] SANFL Delisted from the rookie list
Victoria (Australia) Joe Dare[20] Cobden[27] Hampden FNL Delisted from the rookie list
Victoria (Australia) Wayde Twomey[20] Swan Districts[28] WAFL Delisted from the rookie list
South Australia Mark Austin[21] Western Bulldogs[29] AFL Delisted
Republic of Ireland Setanta Ó hAilpín[21] GWS[30] AFL Delisted

List management[edit]

Player Change
Victoria (Australia) Nicholas Heyne[31] Received permission to join Carlton's 2012 pre-season training in November (before ultimately being drafted in December's rookie draft)
Victoria (Australia) Ed Curnow[32] Prior to Round 1, elevated from the rookie list to the senior list as a nominated rookie
Republic of Ireland Zach Tuohy[32] Prior to Round 1, elevated from the rookie list to the senior list as a nominated rookie
Victoria (Australia) Sam Rowe[33]
Victoria (Australia) Frazer Dale
Prior to Round 11, Rowe was moved to the long term injury list (testicular cancer), and Dale was elevated from the rookie list in his place
Victoria (Australia) Jeremy Laidler[34]
Queensland Tom Bell
Prior to Round 17, Laidler was moved to the long term injury list (knee), and Bell was elevated from the rookie list in his place
Queensland Shaun Hampson[34]
Victoria (Australia) Levi Casboult
Prior to Round 17, Hampson was moved to the long term injury list (knee), and Casboult was elevated from the rookie list in his place

Season summary[edit]

The club ran a two-week preseason training camp for much of its playing list in Doha, Qatar, and a further week in Abu Dhabi, UAE, during October and November 2011. The camp was designed for high performance training: high ambient temperatures in the Middle East, and artificial high-altitude training facilities in Doha, were key reasons for the camp's location.[35]

Pre-season matches[edit]

Carlton finished in outright last place out of eighteen teams in the 2012 NAB Cup, as the only team to lose all four roster matches; the club also lost the consolation practice match on NAB Cup Grand Final weekend to go through the entire pre-season winless. The result was made worse by the fact that none of Carlton's opponents were finalists from the 2011 Premiership Season; although, it was also partially redeemed by the fact that, with the exception of the second half against Brisbane Lions, in which Brisbane added nine goals to no score,[36] all five matches were closely fought.

2012 NAB Cup
Rd Date and local time Opponent Scores (Carlton's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance Ladder
position
Home Away Result
Lightning matches
1 Sunday, 26 February (2:40 pm) Port Adelaide 0.6.10 (46) 1.5.1 (40) Lost by 6 points Report[dead link] AAMI Stadium (A) 12,532 17th
Sunday, 26 February (3:50 pm) Adelaide 1.5.4 (43) 0.5.4 (34) Lost by 9 points Report[dead link]
Full matches
2 Sunday, 4 March (5:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 0.11.8 (74) 0.11.4 (70) Lost by 4 points Report[dead link] Etihad Stadium (A) 10,543 16th
3 Saturday, 10 March (3:20 pm) Brisbane Lions 0.15.14 (104) 0.6.4 (40) Lost by 64 points Report Maroochydore (A) 5,147 18th
Consolation match
4 Sunday, 18 March (1:00 pm) North Melbourne 15.10 (100) 18.8 (116) Lost by 16 points Report[dead link] Visy Park (H) 9,783 N/A

Home and away season[edit]

After finishing 5th in 2011, the club entered the season with expectations of reaching the top four in 2012; the club, and coach Brett Ratten, made the bold move of stating this expectation publicly throughout the offseason.[37] Even after the winless preseason, Carlton entered the season as the fourth favourite for the premiership with punters, behind Collingwood, Hawthorn and Geelong.[38] With wins in the first three rounds, including a ten-goal win against Collingwood in Round 3, Carlton became equal premiership favourites, and after six rounds sat second on the ladder with a record of 5–1.[39]

However, the club then lost six of its next seven games to fall to tenth on the ladder with a record of 6–7 after Round 14, which brought intense speculation in the media about the future of Ratten's tenure as coach.[40] Carlton won five of its next seven games to stay in contention for eighth place, but was eliminated in Round 22 after losing and seeing other results fail to fall favourably. The club confirmed in the week following Round 22 that Ratten's contract would be terminated one year early; Ratten remained to coach the final match before departing.[7] The club finished with an even record of 11–11. Recently retired Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse, who was rumoured throughout the season to be the most likely replacement for Ratten should he have been sacked,[40] was appointed as Ratten's replacement shortly after the season.[41]

Across the season, Carlton finished with records of:

  • 3–6 in nine games against the eight finalists, with two wins against Collingwood and one against Fremantle; but, after Round 8 the record was only 1–6.
  • 5–3 in eight games against the four similarly placed teams (those who finished between 9th and 13th, all of whom won between ten and twelve games).
  • 3–2 in five games against the bottom five teams. None of the bottom five managed more than five wins for the season, but Carlton suffered upset losses against two of them: Port Adelaide and Gold Coast.
Rd Date and local time Opponent Scores (Carlton's scores indicated in bold) Venue Attendance Ladder
position
Home Away Result
1 Thursday, 29 March (7:40 pm) Richmond 12.9 (81) 18.17 (125) Won by 44 points Report M.C.G. (A) 78,285 4th
2 Thursday, 5 April (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) 23.16 (154) Won by 91 points Report Gabba (A) 25,920 2nd
3 Friday, 13 April (7:50 pm) Collingwood 18.14 (122) 9.8 (62) Won by 60 points Report[dead link] M.C.G. (H) 84,259 2nd
4 Saturday, 21 April (1:45 pm) Essendon 11.13 (79) 15.19 (109) Lost by 30 points Report M.C.G. (H) 73,172 4th
5 Friday, 27 April (6:40 pm) Fremantle 7.15 (57) 10.5 (65) Won by 8 points Report Patersons Stadium (A) 38,800 3rd
6 Sunday, 6 May (1:10 pm) GWS 15.20 (110) 6.7 (43) Won by 67 points Report Etihad Stadium (H) 28,201 2nd
7 Monday, 14 May (7:40 pm) St Kilda 19.8 (122) 14.14 (98) Lost by 24 points Report Etihad Stadium (A) 38,823 4th
8 Sunday, 20 May (3:15 pm) Adelaide 8.7 (55) 19.10 (124) Lost by 69 points Report Etihad Stadium (H) 35,917 7th
9 Sunday, 27 May (3:15 pm) Melbourne 15.17 (107) 6.13 (49) Won by 58 points Report M.C.G. (H) 28,371 6th
10 Saturday, 2 June (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide 14.15 (99) 6.9 (45) Lost by 54 points Report AAMI Stadium (A) 24,476 7th
11 Friday, 8 June (7:50 pm) Geelong 11.19 (85) 14.13 (97) Lost by 12 points Report Etihad Stadium (H) 47,632 9th
12 Thursday, 14 June (5:40 pm) West Coast 10.19 (79) 10.9 (69) Lost by 10 points Report Patersons Stadium (A) 34,224 9th
13 Bye 9th
14 Friday, 29 June (7:50 pm) Hawthorn 10.10 (70) 18.12 (120) Lost by 50 points Report M.C.G. (H) 65,047 10th
15 Friday, 6 July (7:50 pm) Collingwood 8.14 (62) 12.13 (85) Won by 23 points Report M.C.G. (A) 75,755 9th
16 Friday, 13 July (7:50 pm) North Melbourne 24.5 (149) 14.12 (96) Lost by 53 points Report Etihad Stadium (A) 43,423 12th
17 Saturday, 21 July (7:40 pm) Western Bulldogs 12.12 (84) 16.6 (102) Won by 18 points Report Etihad Stadium (A) 24,615 11th
18 Saturday, 28 July (7:40 pm) Richmond 14.11 (95) 13.13 (91) Won by 4 points Report M.C.G. (H) 46,013 11th
19 Sunday, 5 August (3:15 pm) Sydney 10.11 (71) 14.9 (93) Lost by 22 points Report Etihad Stadium (H) 36,942 11th
20 Saturday, 11 August (7:40 pm) Brisbane Lions 17.11 (113) 10.17 (77) Won by 36 points Report Etihad Stadium (H) 25,977 11th
21 Saturday, 18 August (1:45 pm) Essendon 8.12 (60) 24.12 (156) Won by 96 points Report M.C.G. (A) 59,381 9th
22 Saturday, 25 August (7:40 pm) Gold Coast 15.8 (98) 11.20 (86) Lost by 12 points Report Metricon Stadium (A) 15,251 10th
23 Sunday, 2 September (1:10 pm) St Kilda 12.19 (91) 16.10 (106) Lost by 15 points Report Etihad Stadium (H) 31,393 10th

Home-and-away ladder[edit]

2012 AFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 Hawthorn 22 17 5 0 2679 1733 154.59 68
2 Adelaide 22 17 5 0 2428 1833 132.46 68
3 Sydney (P) 22 16 6 0 2290 1629 140.58 64
4 Collingwood 22 16 6 0 2123 1823 116.46 64
5 West Coast 22 15 7 0 2244 1807 124.18 60
6 Geelong 22 15 7 0 2209 1886 117.13 60
7 Fremantle 22 14 8 0 1956 1691 115.67 56
8 North Melbourne 22 14 8 0 2359 2097 112.49 56
9 St Kilda 22 12 10 0 2347 1903 123.33 48
10 Carlton 22 11 11 0 2079 1925 108.00 44
11 Essendon 22 11 11 0 2091 2090 100.05 44
12 Richmond 22 10 11 1 2169 1943 111.63 42
13 Brisbane Lions 22 10 12 0 1904 2092 91.01 40
14 Port Adelaide 22 5 16 1 1691 2144 78.87 22
15 Western Bulldogs 22 5 17 0 1542 2301 67.01 20
16 Melbourne 22 4 18 0 1580 2341 67.49 16
17 Gold Coast 22 3 19 0 1509 2481 60.82 12
18 GWS 22 2 20 0 1270 2751 46.17 8
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Leading Goalkickers[edit]

Eddie Betts was Carlton's leading goalkicker for the season, with 48 goals.[42] It was the second time Betts had won Carlton's goalkicking, after first winning it in 2010.[43]

Player Goals Behinds
Eddie Betts 48 30
Jeff Garlett 29 27
Jarrad Waite 27 14
Andrew Walker 16 11
Dennis Armfield 16 6
Kade Simpson 15 13
Shaun Hampson 15 4
Chris Judd 13 9
Mitch Robinson 12 10
Marc Murphy 11 10

Team awards and records[edit]

Game Records
Other
  • Round 3 – Carlton won the 2012 Richard Pratt Cup with its 60-point win over Collingwood. It was Carlton's first Richard Pratt Cup victory, in the fourth season of the trophy.
  • Round 15 – Carlton won the 2012 Peter Mac Cup with its 23-point win over Collingwood.
  • Round 15 – Carlton's win ended Collingwood's ten-match winning streak, which ran from Round 4 until Round 14.[45]

Individual awards and records[edit]

John Nicholls Medal[edit]

The Carlton Football Club Best and Fairest awards night took place on 28 September. The John Nicholls Medal, for the best and fairest player of the club, as well as several other awards, were presented on the night.[46]

John Nicholls Medal

The voting system for the John Nicholls Medal remained the same as it had been since 2008. In each match, the five members of the Match Committee awarded votes. Each committee member could award votes to up to eight players, and each player could receive up to ten votes from each judge. The player with the most total votes across all premiership season matches (including home and away matches and finals) wins the award.

The winner of the John Nicholls Medal was Heath Scotland, who polled 362 votes. It was Scotland's first John Nicholls Medal, having previously finished second in 2007. Scotland won narrowly ahead of Eddie Betts (353 votes). The top ten is given below.[47]

Pos.
Player
Votes
1st Heath Scotland 362
2nd Eddie Betts 353
3rd Chris Judd 334
4th Brock McLean 321
5th Marc Murphy 299
6th Andrew Carrazzo 287
7th Kade Simpson 229
8th Bryce Gibbs 228
9th Mitch Robinson 205
10th Matthew Kreuzer 163
Other awards

The following other awards were presented on John Nicholls Medal night:-[47]

AFLPA Awards[edit]

For each of the AFLPA awards, one or three Carlton players were nominated following internal vote of Carlton players; Chris Judd was also nominated for the Best Captain award by default.[48] None of Carlton's nominees won or placed in their awards.[49]

Leigh Matthews Trophy (Most Valuable Player)
Robert Rose Award (Most Courageous Player)
Best First Year Player

Other awards[edit]

All-Australian Team

Eddie Betts was Carlton's only nominee in the 40-man squad for the 2012 All-Australian team.[50] He was not selected in the final All-Australian team of 22.[51]

Goal of the Year[52]

Chris Yarran was the winner of the 2012 Goal of the Year, for his Round 1 goal in which he gathered a loose ball on the half-forward flank, evaded three opponents and skirted the boundary line before goaling from 50m.[53]

The following Carlton players won the Goal of the Week during the 2012 season.

Mark of the Year[54]

The following Carlton players won the Mark of the Week during the 2012 season:

Other

Player records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Player Milestone Round
Lachlan Henderson 50 AFL games[60] Round 1
Mitch Robinson 50 AFL games[60] Round 1
Brett Ratten 100 AFL games as coach[57] Round 2
Eddie Betts 150 AFL games[61] Round 6
Shaun Hampson 50 AFL games[61] Round 6
Kade Simpson 150 consecutive AFL games[61] Round 6
Josh Bootsma AFL debut[62] Round 6
Chris Yarran 50 AFL games[63] Round 8
Chris Judd 100 AFL games for Carlton[64] Round 14
Andrew McInnes AFL debut[65] Round 15
Tom Bell AFL debut[34] Round 17
Levi Casboult AFL debut[34] Round 17
Frazer Dale AFL debut[66] Round 17
Andrew Carrazzo 150 AFL games[67] Round 18
Jarrad Waite 150 AFL games[68] Round 19
Luke Mitchell AFL debut[69] Round 23
Patrick McCarthy AFL debut[69] Round 23

Northern Blues[edit]

In 2012, Carlton had a full alignment with the Northern Blues in the Victorian Football League, allowing Carlton-listed players to play with the Northern Blues when not selected in AFL matches. The Northern Blues played home matches at both Visy Park and Preston City Oval. It was the tenth season of the affiliation between the two clubs, and the first in which the VFL club used the nickname 'Blues'; until 2011, the club was known as the Northern Bullants. The VFL club adopted a navy blue and white guernsey similar to Carlton's this season; its traditional red and white colours were retained to be worn in matches at Preston City Oval, and when needed as a clash strip.[3]

Vic Country Under-18s coach Robert Hyde was appointed the Northern Blues senior coach on a part-time basis at the start of the season, taking over from Carlton development coach Darren Harris.[9] However, this arrangement lasted only until midseason, with Hyde leaving the club on 28 June after he and the Carlton Football Club agreed that his role could not be effectively carried out by a part-time coach. The appointment had been unusual in the first place, as the previous three Northern Bullants senior coaches during the period of the clubs' affiliation (Barry Mitchell, David Teague and Harris) had all been full-time coaches at Carlton. Harris stepped back into the VFL senior coaching role after Hyde's departure.[10][70]

After sitting on the bottom of the VFL ladder at the time of Hyde's departure,[10] the Northern Blues finished tenth out of thirteen with a record of 6–10, to miss the finals.[71]

Footnotes[edit]

:1.^ Ratten also served as head coach in the final six rounds of 2007 as caretaker, before being officially appointed as head coach for 2008.

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