Over the past couple years, the AFL world have been introduced to Charlie Curnow, the boy from Geelong who gave hope to Carlton fans with his bustling style of play as a big bodied youngster. Many praised the 21-year-old, Hawks champion Dermot Brereton went as far as saying he has the potential to be the greatest player to take our fields – a lot of pressure for a kid.
However, with the emergence of Charlie, many have forgotten the work and consistency of his older brother Ed, who has been a warrior for the Blues during their years of disappointment. Just now, in 2018, is he getting the recognition he worked for, and that recognition should come in the form of a SuperCoach selection.
Ed came onto the scene as a late draft pick in the 2008 rookie draft, selected by Adelaide, he was then delisted after just one year. He returned to his home state, playing VFL level for Box Hill where he had a solid 2009 season. It was one year later when Ed’s game flourished, and despite breaking his leg and missing the final eight games, he won the Hawks’ best and fairest and finished third in the league best and fairest.
Once he was noticed and selected by Carlton recruiters, he became one of the best tagger’s in the league but still collected his own footy superbly. His first three years for Carlton saw him average mid 70’s in SuperCoach. In 2014 and 2015 he gradually broke through the cracks. Then in 2016, he had his best season averaging 101.5 from 21 games, with 12 scores above 100.
Now, after a wild journey, he finds himself playing consistent footy alongside his younger brother, and is slowly becoming a unique SuperCoach option for your midfield. From eight games, this is what he has accomplished; three scores below 100 (his lowest being 86), and five scores all above 118.
Although his 118 last week against the Bombers was his lowest of all his tons, his job of negating star Bomber Zach Merrett in the first half seriously helped the Blues get their first win of the season. Now, Ed leads the league in total tackles through the first eight rounds – and has collected 20 plus disposals across every game.
Not a viable premium option right now, but the signs are also there for his brother Charlie. After just six games in his debut year, the 194cm forward had an outstanding second half of last season. He averaged 92.7 from round 14 onwards, earning himself fourth place in the Rising Star voting at the end of the year, and a price of $408,100 to begin this season.
Through his first three games earlier this year, Charlie scored 126, 96 and 86 picking up where he left of and proving his scoring potential. Although he hasn’t scored 100 since, this is a guy that is going to be hard to ignore in your forward line for many years to come.
With so much star power options in the midfield, selecting Ed Curnow may not be fully warranted, but if you are looking for that edge against your opponents, this guy is only owned by 2 per cent of teams – and is averaging 115 (eighth in total SuperCoach points).
If Ed can continue this form, and Charlie can mirror the same second half of the year as he did last season, their ownership and the discussion about these two brothers might increase heavily among fantasy land.