The Blues are entering 2022 with the expectation that they will bounce back from their slide down the ladder in 2021.
After a disappointing season, Carlton was extremely active in their draft and trade period and come into 2022 with more youth on their list.
2021 proved to be an inconsistent and underwhelming year for the Blues. While they looked set to make a push for the finals, the Princes Park side buckled under pressure in the early parts of the season, losing close contests against Collingwood and the Bulldogs.
Whilst Carlton became one of the highest-scoring teams in the competition, their inability to play out four quarters and an untimely suspension to star player Madison Prespakis in the middle of the season ultimately cost them a spot in the finals.
Experienced campaigner Darcy Vescio led the way up forward and provided a full highlight reel as she claimed her second league-leading goalkicker award.
In addition to this, the 2020 W Award winner Prespakis continued on as the main workhorse in the Midfield and started to hit the scoreboard more regularly.
Over the 2021 trade period, Carlton said goodbye to some big names in Tayla Harris, Jess Hosking, and co-captain Katie Loynes. After opening up that space on their list, the Blues attacked the draft with Annie Lee being a popular vote for the rising star award.
Inactive: Serena Gibbs (mental health)
The Blues face a difficult fixture but rounds seven, eight and nine are must-wins for Daniel Harford's side. If they are going to cement a spot in the finals, they need to make a statement in these contests.
In the final round of the season, the Blues will face Melbourne away from home. If they are on track for a finals finish, this match will test how far they can go.
The Blues are in the mix for premiership success in 2022. They will be looking to climb back up the ladder and become a more threatening opponent for their opposition.
Consistency across four quarters and cohesion amongst the team will go a long way to ensuring Carlton achieve the finals finish that they are truly capable of.
Niesha Happell: 7th
Mitch Keating: 8th
Danielle Sorati: 8th
Jake Benoiton: 7th
Ed Carmine: 8th
Cameron Grimes: 7th
Michael Georgiou: 8th