AFL fans triggered by glaring detail in Collingwood and Richmond's pre-season clash

Many were quick to highlight the fact during the game between the Magpies and Tigers at Princes Park.

The Carlton Blues logo, pictured here during Collingwood's AFL clash with Richmond at Princes Park.
The Carlton Blues logo was proudly displayed as Collingwood clashed with Richmond in the AFL Charity Shield match at Princes Park. Image: Fox Footy/Getty

AFL fans have questioned why Collingwood and Richmond played at Princes Park in their pre-season clash on Tuesday night given the ground is the home of arch rivals Carlton. Collingwood warmed up for the start of their premiership defence with a clinical 30-point win over the Tigers, overcoming a sluggish start to post a 10.16 (76) to 5.16 (46) victory.

But a lot of the chat on social media revolved around the fact the teams were playing at Carlton's training base. The Blues' logo was displayed proudly around the ground throughout the match, which proved rather triggering for fans of the Magpies and Tigers.

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But with the MCG out of action due to repairs on the turf in the aftermath of the Taylor Swift concerts last week, Princes Park was chosen to host the game as it mirrors the MCG the best. Marvel Stadium was also unavailable because it is hosting the Matildas' Olympic qualifier on Wednesday night, while Victoria Park and Punt Road couldn't be used.

Both of those grounds are much smaller, and because they aren't closed in, officials wouldn't be able to police ticketing properly. Princes Park was therefore chosen - and it certainly proved a massive talking point.

One fan commented on social media: "If anyone can figure out why Collingwood and Richmond are playing at Carlton's home ground tonight you're a genius. Vic Park, punt road, the AIA centre, all available and actually aligned with the clubs. Why give Carlton money?"

Another wrote: "There is no logical reason for Richmond to have to play Collingwood in Carlton is there?" But a third added: "No need to complain, just be grateful you have an opportunity to watch footy again. More important things to worry about."

Jordan de Goey and Daicos brothers star for Collingwood

In the first AFL Charity Shield match for Foodbank, the Pies' premiership heroes Jordan De Goey, Nick Daicos and Josh Daicos were all on song. The Daicos brothers and De Goey were predictably impressive, but the performance of Patrick Lipinski (23 possessions and two goals) would have delighted the Magpies just as much.

After starting as the sub in last year's grand final against Brisbane, Lipinski has not missed a beat during the pre-season. He once again shapes as a key cog of Collingwood's midfield as they look to defend their premiership.

Liam Baker and Jack Crisp, pictured here during Richmond's clash with Collingwood.
Liam Baker is chased by Jack Crisp during Richmond's clash with Collingwood. (AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Tom Lynch will make the Tigers significantly better when he returns for Richmond, which will likely be in the second match of the regular season against Carlton. "(Collingwood are) a good side and they showed the reasons why," new Tigers coach Adam Yze said. "We got guys through the game that we needed to get some game time in and some young boys showed some really nice signs."

The game finished in bizarre scenes when Collingwood big man Mason Cox tussled with Richmond utility Marlion Pickett seconds before the siren sounded. Other players became involved in the scuffle and took their eyes off the ball, which allowed Billy Frampton to score from a long bomb from 65m out.

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