After an extremely successful surge into their maiden grand- final in 2019, all eyes will be on Carlton for the upcoming AFLW season.

The 2020 NAB AFLW draft brings 7 new players to Ikon Park including No. 2 pick Lucy McEvoy and No. 13 pick Grace Egan who join Carltons’ deep pool of talent and experience.

18 out of 21 Baggers return to Carlton, in hope of taking it one step further in 2020 looking for their maiden Premiership.

Gold Coast, St Kilda, West Coast and Richmond will join the AFLW competition for the first time in what will be the largest and most anticipated AFLW competition yet.

Carlton will be up against Richmond on Friday 7th February in a thrilling season opener as both teams look to steal the first points of the competition under the lights of Ikon Park.

Despite the notable departure of 2019 Captain Brianna Davey, a plethora of young talent and experience is among the 2020 squad.

For the first time in history Kerryn Harrington and Katie Loynes will co captain the 2020 season together, as the pair bring a wealth of experience and balance to tackle new challenges together.

What We Learned from Last season

The 2019 season saw some early losses and dropped points for the Baggers, which could have potentially ruined their finals hopes.  

This included an early loss to Geelong amongst other patches of inconsistently, especially within the opening rounds.

Consistency from the opening whistle will be most crucial to ensure that points and form is found early in the season.

2019 further saw Carlton take advantage of a weaker Conference B to finish at the top of their conference.

However taking just 16 points it would have seen them finish 5th overall between both the conferences.

Under the guidance of Daniel Hardford, Carlton’s dream run created a late surge into the 2019 finals winning five out of their last six games.

Despite this hard-fought effort, a 45 point touch up by Adelaide ended Carlton’s fairytale ending, providing even more desire and determination for success in 2020.