Carlton’s AFLW list manager leaves the club

Carlton’s mid-season woes continue with the Blues’ AFLW list manager, Graham Burgen leaving the club.

Fox Sports reports that Burgen contacted senior coach Damien Keeping, CEO Cain Liddle and head of football Andrew McKay, 24 hours before the Blues humiliating loss to the Bulldogs, outlining the reasons why he decided to pull the pin midway through the second AFL Women’s season.

The Blues were left dejected after being smashed by 73 points against the Western Bulldogs in round four. Image: Michael Willson/AFL Media

Their report claims Burgan was frustrated with a number of problems at the club, including team selection, game plan and other coaching issues.

Fox Sports also reports that there was some tension around the non-selection of former captain Lauren Arnell in rounds two and three.

It claims Burgen felt Arnell should not have been recalled into the side for the game against the Bulldogs.

Arnell would go on to kick the Blues entire score for the night.

Burgen has posted on social media after the original Fox Sports report, stating that there’s no ill will and he loved his time at the club, citing he left because it was too difficult to do the job while based in Noosa.

Prior to joining the Blues in 2016 as an assistant coach, and later being appointed as head of list strategy, Burgen was head coach of the VWFL Academy.

Unfortunately for Burgen, he does have the distinction of being the only coach of the Victorian senior women’s state team to lose a match, going down by two points to WA in June 2015.

Heading into round four, the Blues were ranked worst in the competition for disposal efficiency and goal kicking accuracy.

Their disposal efficiency improved marginally after the weekend to now be ranked sxith in the league, ahead of Fremantle and Adelaide, who both played in wet weather.

The Blues have also received criticism for the management of their playing list, most notably selling the farm to secure Tayla Harris and Nicola Stevens in trades from Brisbane and Collingwood respectively.

Carlton traded away Bianca Jakobsson, young emerging forward Bella Ayre, and a consistent midfielder in Nat Exon and three draft selections (5, 13 and 21) in exchange for Harris, Stevens and pick 12.


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