Andrew Carrazzo

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Andrew Carrazzo
Personal information
Full name Andrew Carrazzo
Date of birth (1983-12-15) 15 December 1983 (age 31)
Original team Oakleigh Chargers (TAC Cup)
Draft #5, 2002 Rookie Draft, Geelong
#2, 2004 Rookie Draft, Carlton
Height/Weight 187cm / 85kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 44
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004– Carlton 178 (47)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Andrew Carrazzo (born 15 December 1983) is an Australian rules footballer for Carlton in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early career[edit]

Carrazzo played junior football with the St. Simons Football Club in Rowville and with the Knox Eagles Football Club in Ferntree Gully. Carrazzo played with Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup competition, finishing his final season runner up in the Morrish Medal for best player in the competition in 2001, as well as winning All-Australian honours in the national under-18 carnival.

AFL career[edit]

He was initially selected as a rookie by Geelong in 2002. He spent two seasons on the rookie list at Geelong, winning the Geelong VFL team's best and fairest award in 2003, but never breaking into the Geelong senior list. He was again rookie listed in 2004, this time by Carlton. After another strong season in the VFL, he was elevated to the senior list, making his debut for Carlton in Round 21, 2004 against Melbourne. He was the last Carlton player to make his AFL debut at the club's traditional home ground at Princes Park.[1]

He followed up on his good form in the 2005 season as he became an integral part of the Carlton attacking midfield, racking up 314 disposals in his first full year. He has also played defensive roles, including the nullification of dangerous Demon Aaron Davey and Docker Jeff Farmer.

Carrazzo continued to show good form into the 2006 season, playing 19 games with an average of 20 disposals. On the one occasion he was dropped to Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants, he amassed 51 disposals against Tasmania to ensure that he was speedily returned to the seniors. He has not been dropped since, and through 2007 developed into one of Carlton's most important and busiest midfielders, repeatedly gathering high numbers of possessions. In the first quarter of Round 14, 2007, against Melbourne, Carrazzo amassed 17 disposals, then the second highest on record for a quarter. Carrazzo won the 2007 John Nicholls Medal as Carlton's best and fairest,[2] beating Heath Scotland by 6 votes for the award. Carrazzo received 11 votes at the 2007 Brownlow Medal.

In Round 7, 2008 against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco, Carrazzo picked up an AFL career high 42 disposals. With the recruitment of Chris Judd and the return of Nick Stevens from injury, Carrazzo was moved out of the midfield, and spent most of the season playing as a rebounding defender. Carrazzo played the first 21 games of the season, before injury forced him out in round 22 after 54 consecutive games.

Carrazzo fractured his forearm during an intraclub practice match in the 2009 preseason, missing the first four games of the AFL season. He played two games with the Northern Bullants to regain match fitness, and was as dominant as he had been in 2006, amassing 41 disposals against Bendigo and 55 disposals against Box Hill, before being returned to the AFL seniors for round 5. A further injury to his thumb kept him sidelined for another four weeks, before returning to play all remaining games, including Carlton's elimination final loss to Brisbane Lions. Carrazzo played primarily a primarily defensive midfield roles in 2009, as well as playing on medium-sized opposition half-back flankers. He kicked 12 goals from 15 games in 2009.

Carrazzo played his 100th AFL game for Carlton in Round 1 of the 2010 season against Richmond, and was named acting captain for the first time in that game in the absence of Chris Judd. He played all twenty-three games in 2010, and finished fifth in the club Best and Fairest. He was awarded life membership of the Carlton Football Club in December 2011.[3]

In April 2012, Carrazzo had his shoulder blade broken in a tackle by Essendon's Sam Lonergan. A free kick was given to Carrazzo at the time, for a push in the back, and was later reviewed by the AFL Match Review Panel. They deemed the tackle to be not unreasonable and no further action was taken.[4] However, in the days after the incident, Lonergan received death threats via Twitter in relation to the incident.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Carrazzo is of Italian descent. He attended De La Salle College, Malvern where he was the Head of Sport at the College. He has been a lifelong Carlton supporter.

Carrazzo is married to Yvette Wood, after proposing in 2008. In January 2012, the couple welcomed triplets Grace, Charlotte and Sophia.[6]

Carrazzo is often referred to, particularly amongst fans, by the nickname "Carrots", a deliberate mispronunciation of "Carrazz-".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ de Bolfo, Tony (4 Aug 2011). "Carrazzo and Carlton in two-minute short". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 4 Aug 2011. 
  2. ^ Andrew Carrazzo defies Blues curse
  3. ^ de Bolfo, Tony (15 Dec 2011). "Loyal Blues acknowledged at AGM". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 15 Dec 2011. 
  4. ^ Match Review Panel report: Round four
  5. ^ Andrew Demetriou disgusted by death threats against players and officials
  6. ^ Ralph, Jon (14 Sep 2011). "Carlton star Andrew Carrazzo blown away by triplets". Herald Sun. Retrieved 14 Sep 2011. 
  7. ^ "Scotto & Carrots recommit". Carlton Football Club. 16 Jun 2011. Retrieved 17 Jun 2011. 

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Preceded by
Lance Whitnall
Carlton Football Club Best and Fairest
2007
Succeeded by
Chris Judd