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Carlton Blues get around Sam Docherty as the former captain kicks a goal on return from chemotherapy

In an emotional moment at the MCG in the traditional season-opener, Carlton players swarmed Sam Docherty after the former co-captain kicked a goal – seven months after his second shock cancer diagnosis.

The veteran defender, who has only kicked 14 goals across his 122 AFL games, brought Carlton fans to their feet after slotting a set shot against Richmond.

It also brought the 21 other Blues players on the field inside 50 to celebrate a remarkable return to senior football for Docherty.

The 28-year-old had undergone a second bout of chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of testicular cancer, which was first diagnosed back in November 2020.

He stepped away from the game last August to begin 12 weeks of treatment, relinquishing the co-captaincy to make Patrick Cripps the sole skipper.

And Cripps was one of the first to swarm Docherty when he hit the scoreboard on the back of a 50-metre penalty against Tiger Shane Edwards.

Docherty celebrates the goal.
Camera IconDocherty celebrates the goal. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos
...And is swarmed by the Blues.
Camera Icon…And is swarmed by the Blues. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos

The kicked sailed through the middle of the sticks from 40 metres out.

Carlton lead Richmond by eight points at half-time at the MCG.

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