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Charlie Curnow
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Curnow playing for Carlton in 2017.
Personal information
Full name Charlie Curnow
Date of birth 3 February 1997 (1997-02-03) (age 24)
Original team Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 12, 2015 national draft
Debut Round 2, 2016, Carlton
v. Sydney, at Etihad Stadium
Position(s) Key Forward
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 30
Career highlights
  • 22under22 team: 2017, 2018
  • Carlton leading goalkicker: 2018
  • 2017 AFL Rising Star: nominee

Charles Curnow (born 3 February 1997) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Curnow received a nomination for the 2017 AFL Rising Star award in round 16 of the 2017 season.

Early life

Curnow played his state level under-18s football for the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup. He became recognised as a strong key forward with elite endurance. He was considered a top draft prospect, with some risk due to a knee injury which saw him miss a large part of his final year of under-18s football. Charlie's older brother, Ed Curnow, also plays at Carlton.

AFL career

Carlton selected Curnow with their third pick, number twelve overall, in the 2015 AFL draft. He made his AFL debut in round 2 of the 2016 season against Sydney at Docklands Stadium. He recorded 11 disposals, 4 marks, and kicked his first goal in the fourth quarter.

After an eight-point loss to Melbourne in round 16, 2017 – in which he recorded 19 disposals at 79% efficiency, 10 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goals – he was the round nominee for the AFL Rising Star award. In September 2017, he placed fourth overall in the AFL Rising Star award, with a total of 27 points.

In June 2018, Curnow signed a four-year contract extension with Carlton, committing his future to the club until 2023. He finished the 2018 season with an equal-third finish in the John Nicholls Medal, and was the club's leading goalkicker with 34 goals.

In Round 13, 2019, Curnow kicked a career-high seven goals in round 13 against the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium. However, he suffered a medial ligament injury in his right knee in the following match – a recurrence of injuries he had suffered on that knee as a junior player – and a slew of subsequent injuries to that knee, including a dislocation and a fractured kneecap in the 2020 preseason, and another recurrence in the 2021 preseason, has meant that Curnow is yet to play another game as of June 2021.

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of round 15, 2019.
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
AFL playing statistics
Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game) Votes
G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
2016 Carlton 30 6 5 2 35 25 60 18 9 0.8 0.3 5.8 4.2 10.0 3.0 1.5 0
2017 Carlton 30 21 20 12 207 90 297 119 61 1.0 0.6 9.9 4.3 14.1 5.7 2.9 0
2018 Carlton 30 20 34 20 206 71 277 123 42 1.7 1.0 10.3 3.6 13.9 6.2 2.1 3
2019 Carlton 30 11 18 8 115 20 135 49 17 1.6 0.7 10.5 1.8 12.2 4.5 1.6
Career 58 77 42 563 206 769 309 129 1.3 0.7 9.7 3.6 13.2 5.3 2.2 3

Honours and achievements

Individual

  • 22under22 team: 2017, 2018
  • AFL Rising Star nominee: 2017
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