The Blues were at the centre of a controversy in September 2008 when they looked to have booked their first ever grand final berth thanks to a convincing preliminary final victory over Sporties Spitfires. However, it later emerged that during the third term Canteen Creek had been found to have one man too many on the field, as a result of which, on the instruction of the field umpires, its entire score of 45 points was wiped. No one told the scoreboard attendants, however, and it was not until some time after the match that the confusion was resolved, the scores recalculated, and Sporties declared victors by 7 points. It was a heart-breaking end to a best ever season by a club previously regarded as a chopping block by the other five teams in the AFL Barkly competition.
In recent seasons the Blues have struggled at times to field a team, something they entirely failed to do in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2020. However, in 2017 they did well to qualify for the finals in third place although they ultimately finished fourth after losing the first semi final to Barkly Work Camp.A year later they again finished fourth, this time following a first semi final loss to Spitfires.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications