Levi Casboult

Levi Casboult (born 15 March 1990)[1] is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Levi Casboult
Casboult playing for Carlton in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Levi Casboult
Date of birth (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990[1]
Place of birth Hobart, Tasmania[2]
Original team(s) Dandenong Stingrays
Draft No. 44, 2010 rookie draft[3]
Height 201 cm (6 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 101 kg (223 lb)
Position(s) Utility
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 41
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2010 Carlton 124 (132)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Casboult, a tall and solidly built player, spent much of his formative years as a ruckman and key position player. Casboult began to play TAC Cup football with the Dandenong Stingrays in 2007. He played a total of 44 games with the Stingrays; in his first two seasons, he scored only three goals, but in 2009 he was moved into a key forward role and scored 41 goals in 20 matches.[4]

Casboult was recruited by the Carlton Football Club with its third round selection in the 2010 AFL Rookie Draft (at selection 44 overall).[3] His first month at the club was eventful. Before the 2009 Christmas break, Casboult attended the team's controversial booze cruise (the fallout from which included the suspensions of Andrew Walker, Eddie Betts and Ryan Houlihan, plus a "please explain" to the club from the AFL); it was widely reported in the media that, in an initiation game, Casboult was handcuffed to an unnamed senior player and forced to match him drink-for-drink until barely conscious.[5] A few days later, on 24 December, Casboult was fortunate to walk away uninjured from in a head-on car accident: his car was struck by the car of Samir Azemi, which had jumped the median strip on the Princes Highway in Dandenong. Azemi was killed in the accident.[6]

Casboult did not play an AFL game for Carlton in his first two seasons after being drafted; he temporarily elevated to the senior list before the start of the 2011 season,[7] but was injured before he could make his debut.[8] He played as a key forward and occasional ruckman for the club's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Blues. Casboult made his AFL debut in Round 17 of the 2012 AFL season, when injuries and suspension resulted in Carlton's first three ruck choices all being unavailable for selection.[9]

Casboult won a regular place in the senior team in 2014, playing as a forward and sometimes as a back-up ruckman. Over the next few seasons, he gained attention as one of the strongest contested marks in the competition,[10] and he was a Mark of the Year finalist in 2014.[11] Through the early part of his career, he was noted for very poor goalkicking accuracy from set shots, returning less than 50% each season;[12] but after working with former Collingwood and North Melbourne full forward Saverio Rocca in 2015 and again in 2017, became one of the team's most reliable set shots.[13]

Casboult was a unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017 season but signed a two-year contract extension with the club in September.[14]

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of 2019.[15]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
2012 Carlton 4167123717543112431.22.06.22.89.05.22.09.0
2013 Carlton 41117763371004818680.60.65.73.49.14.31.66.2
2014 Carlton 4119151110991200108431310.80.65.74.810.55.72.36.9
2015 Carlton 41162412100501508315861.50.86.33.19.45.20.95.4
2016 Carlton 41201818119721911072660.90.96.03.69.65.41.30.3
2017 Carlton 4122341814476220120391571.50.86.53.4105.41.87.1
2018 Carlton 411012106125863712761.21.06.12.58.63.71.27.6
2019 Carlton 4120151115964223114441630.80.68.03.211.25.72.28.2
Career 124 132 99 762 432 1224 648 199 630 1.1 0.8 6.1 3.5 9.9 5.2 1.6 5.1

References

  1. Player Profile
  2. De Bolfo, Tony. "Locker room history looms for Levi - carltonfc.com.au". carltonfc.com.au. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  3. Carlton Football Club 2010 Rookie Draftees Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Sportingpulse statistics for Levi Casboult
  5. Damien Barrett and Neil Wilson (26 December 2009) Carlton faces wrath of AFL over booze incidents
  6. James Campbell (27 December 2009) Lady Luck saved my life says Carlton rookie Levi Casboult
  7. Landsberger, S., Carlton's Luke Mitchell injures good shoulder Archived 27 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Northcote Leader 17 March 2011, Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  8. de Bolfo, T., Irishman earns list elevation Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 27 April 2011, Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  9. "Blues give rookie Levi Casboult freedom against Western Bulldogs". Herald Sun. 20 July 2012.
  10. Nick Bowen (4 September 2014). "Blues tie up two more". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  11. Loretta Johns (8 September 2014). "Vote for Levi!". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  12. Ben Waterworth (3 May 2016). "Levi Casboult set-shot kicking at Carlton takes dive in 2016 AFL season". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  13. Jon Ralph (5 May 2017). "Levi Casboult has realised goalkicking is about more than physical routine, it's a mental game". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  14. Pierik, Jon (1 September 2017). "Levi Casboult signs two-year contract extension with Carlton Blues". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  15. "Levi Casboult". AFL Tables. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
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