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Carlton, Richmond, Essendon and Melbourne compete in one very odd scratch match


If you thought 2020 couldn’t get much weirder from a footy perspective, well it just did.

Carlton, Melbourne, Richmond and Essendon took part in a scratch match this afternoon … at the same time.

The game saw a squad of 16 Carlton players taking on various amalgamations of the other three Victorian teams.

The Demons and Tigers are undermanned given they have players either in quarantine, injured or back in Victoria, while the Bombers have a lengthy injury list themselves.

Richmond, Melbourne and Essendon rotated their available players through the scrimmage, with some swapping teams to play for Carlton at times in the last quarter to accommodate for players on limited minutes.

The Demonic Bombing Tigers got the win over the Blues, but scratch matches are to be taken with many grains of salt - especially this one.

From a Carlton perspective, ruckman Tom de Koning kicked two goals, while Harrison Macreadie, Sam Philp, Cam Polson and Zac Fisher were listed as players that stood out according to Carlton Media.

Fisher and Macreadie have recently returned from injuries of their own.

Tom McDonald (Melbourne), Mitch Brown (Melbourne), Tom Cutler (Essendon), Sydney Stack (Richmond), Oleg Markov (Richmond) and Charlie Spargo (Melbourne) were among the players on the opposition team.

The other three teams are yet to provide details on their side of the outing.

Photo: Carlton Media.

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