Ed Curnow

Edward Curnow (born 7 November 1989[1]) is a professional Australian rules footballer, currently playing for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Ed Curnow
Curnow playing for Carlton in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Edward Curnow
Date of birth (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989
Original team(s) Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 40, 2008 Rookie Draft, Adelaide
No. 18, 2011 Rookie Draft, Carlton
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Inside Midfielder / Tagger / Utility
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 35
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011 Carlton 165 (36)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

A midfielder, Curnow played his junior football for Modewarre in the Bellarine Football League and school football for The Geelong College in the APS,[2] before playing TAC Cup football for the Geelong Falcons until 2007, also representing Vic Country in the AFL Under 18 Championships.[3] He was drafted to the AFL by the Adelaide Football Club with its third selection in the 2008 AFL Rookie Draft (#40 overall), however he did not play a senior game for the Crows. He spent the 2008 season playing with Glenelg, his allocated SANFL club,[4] and was delisted by the Crows after one season.[1]

AFL career

Curnow returned to Victoria, and signed up with Box Hill in the VFL in 2009.[5] Curnow's 2009 season was solid, but his 2010 season was exceptional, and he was consistently Box Hill's best player. His season was cut short when he broke his leg in Round 13, missing the Hawks' last eight games; nevertheless, he had already polled enough votes to win the Box Hill best and fairest (the Col Austen Trophy),[6] and he finished third in the J. J. Liston Trophy, after holding a comfortable lead at the time of his injury.[7] Curnow played a total of 33 senior games for Box Hill during his two years at the club,[8] and also played one representative game for the VFL.

Following his successful VFL season, Curnow was recruited back to the AFL by the Carlton Football Club with its first selection in the 2011 AFL Rookie Draft (No. 18 overall). He was given guernsey number 35.[1] After impressing in the pre-season, Curnow became the club's nominated rookie,[9] and he made his debut for the Blues in the club's first round match.[10] He made a bright start to his career as one of Carlton's best players in the first six matches of the season,[11] although the rest of his season suffered after a shoulder injury in Round 7.[11][12]

Over the following years, and particularly under the coaching of Mick Malthouse between 2013 and mid-2015, Curnow made a name as a reliable tagger. Champion Data rated him to be the second best tagger in the league in 2013,[13] and he finished fourth in the club's best and fairest that year,[14] as well as in 2015.[15] His roles in the midfield and as a utility began to diversify in late 2015 after Malthouse's departure from the club;[16] and after being elevated to the club's leadership group, he had a break-out year as a two-way tagger in 2016, increasing his attacking output as well as continuing to be a dependable tagger.[17]

Personal life

Curnow's younger brother Charlie is also a footballer at the Carlton Football Club, being drafted to the club in 2016.


Statistics are correct to the end of round 15, 2019.[18]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
2011 Carlton 3512311179821547550.
2012 Carlton 35180212819031858890.
2013 Carlton 35216318216534772990.
2014 Carlton 35152316315631960740.10.210.910.421.34.04.90
2015 Carlton 35220321626247875980.00.19.811.921.73.44.50
2016 Carlton 352159275249524761470.20.413.111.925.03.67.03
2017 Carlton 35136315612628251660.
2018 Carlton 352156266268534811380.20.312.712.825.43.96.64
2019 Carlton 35148714912827764530.
Career 157 35 37 1652 1642 3294 584 819 0.2 0.2 10.5 10.5 21.0 3.7 5.2 7


  1. Carlton Football Club, Edward Curnow Player Profile bio Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  2. Edmund, S., Herald Sun, "Hungry Ed Burnow [sic] gets his big break at the Blues", 15 April 2011, Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  3. North Melbourne Football Club, Edward Curnow Player Profile Bio Archived 30 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  4. Gill, Katrina (18 March 2008). "Diary of a draftee: settling in to SANFL". Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  5. Box Hill Football Club, New faces ready to make immediate impact Archived 20 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  6. Box Hill Hawks, Ed Curnow wins the Col Austen Trophy Archived 16 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  7. Mark Towson Shane Valenti takes out Liston Trophy, Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  8. Dufty, D., Hawks Make an Impact Archived 16 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 22 October 2009, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  9. Carlton Football Club, Ed gets the nod as nominated rookie Archived 27 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 15 March 2011, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  10. Carlton Football Club, Three to make their Carlton debut Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 23 March 2011, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  11. "John Nicholls Medal voting". Carlton Football Club. 6 October 2011. Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  12. Ralph, Jon (13 May 2011). "Blue Ed Curnow in demand". Herald Sun. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  13. Jon Pierik (12 January 2014). "Blues' Ed Curnow emerges as AFL's No. 2 tagger". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  14. "Simpson wins John Nicholls Medal". Carlton Football Club. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  15. Loretta Johns (17 September 2015). "Cripps wins John Nicholls Medal". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  16. Danielle Balales (25 October 2015). "Season review: Ed Curnow". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  17. Riley Beveridge. "Carlton midfielder Ed Curnow has become one of the club's most dependable players". Fox Sports. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  18. "Ed Curnow". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
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