Geraldton teenager Jack Carroll realised his childhood dream of playing AFL — and joined an elite club of players who kicked their first goal with their first kick. Carroll was an impressive contributor for Carlton in the Blues’ 50-point win against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night, 17.12 (114) to 10.4 (64). The call-up was a long wait for the smooth left-footer, who Carlton picked at No. 41 in the 2020 national draft. For his first game, Carroll ended up collecting 19 disposals, four clearances, three goal assists and one goal. A distinct Mid West flavour ran through Carlton’s team on Saturday night with three Great Northern Football League products playing for the Blues — Carroll, skipper Patrick Cripps and Jack Martin. Cripps (35 disposals, 10 clearances, one goal) and Martin (two goals, 13 disposals) were among Carlton’s best. Carroll’s Geraldton family — his mother Sacha, father Dane and brother Jayden — made the trip to Melbourne after the teenager’s last-minute inclusion. His mother described celebrating her son’s AFL debut as “the most amazing night we will never forget”. Carlton coach Michael Voss said he was “really pleased” Carroll “got a go” and was full of praise for the young Blue. “He had a really strong pre-season. Could have figured in round 1 team but sort of lost a little bit of continuity in the early part of year,” he said. “He was obviously stuck in health and safety protocols and had a calf (injury), which for a month just stopped him but last couple of weeks he’s been able to get himself going and we’ve been really pleased with how he’s progressing as a player. “As you saw tonight he’s got some natural instincts when it comes to the midfield role, he hunts the ball really well, he’s tough as nails and he works hard. I think the Carlton faithful are going to be very happy watching this young man develop over the long term.” Voss said Carlton supporters were witnessing a “group of blokes that are playing for each other”. Their main aim was to “do that for longer”, he said. When the news of Carroll’s first game was announced, Cripps described it as a “proud dad moment”. He said he and Carroll had trained together the entire pre-season and he had seen his teammate’s hard work pay off. “You’ve earnt it mate, I think everyone in this room knows the quality of the player that you are,” he said. Before he was drafted, Carroll played for Chapman Valley in the GNFL and East Fremantle in the WAFL.