The AFL played last night’s first fixture of the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition to an empty MCG last night.

Richmond Tigers beat Carlton Blues 105 – 81.

Judging by last year’s AFL Grand Final, the Blues can claim they are 56 points better than GWS, which might offer some small consultation to Carlton and Blues’ supporters.

What is going to happen following the first four rounds of the 2020 AFL season remains to be seen. Round 4 is the Easter Round.

In last night’s opening game of the 2020 AFL season, Richmond started strongly by booting the first five goals of the game.

Carlton fought back and kicked six of the seven goals on either side of three-quarter time, but it was too little, too late as Richmond extended its winning streak over Carlton to 10 games.

Jack Martin was the standout player for Carlton. He booted four goals in the third quarter. We would have to say that Martin is charged up by his escape from Gold Coast. In years past, we would consider a jump from Gold Coast to Carlton a case of out of the frying pan and into the skillet, but there is some hope for the Blues in the 2020 AFL season, despite the unusual circumstances under which the season is operating.

The sight of an empty MCG recalled to mind our Gran, who used to seem omnipresent every time we left a room without switching off the light.

“Close the light,” was what she used to say in her fractured attempts at speaking English.

We hope there was someone there to switch off the lights at MCG at the conclusion of the game.

We appreciate that the AFL and NRL are doing their bits to provide some semblance of normalcy under circumstances that are anything but normal.

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