JUST in case 2020 couldn’t get any more extraordinary…

Carlton’s reserves players enjoyed a solid hitout against the Rich-bourne Bombers: that is, a joint team from Essendon, Melbourne and Richmond.

The Blues had 16 players feature against the hybrid outfit, which effectively saw four Melbourne teams play one game of football.

Harrison Macreadie was impressive in his second game back from injury, drawing the praise of coach Daniel O’Keefe for his ability to match it in the air and ground level.

It was a tough contest on the Gold Coast with scoring at a premium: Tom De Koning was the team’s only multiple goalkicker with two.

It was a strong showing from the building ruckman, who battled on his own across four quarters in the ruck against multiple opponents.

Sam Philp and Zac Fisher showed their spark around stoppages to finish with one goal apiece, while Cameron Polson continued to impress in his new role across half back. 

It was a valuable learning experience for a young Blues side, largely coming up against an experienced opposition which saw the likes of Tom McDonald, Mitch Brown, Tom Cutler and Sydney Stack.

Highlights and a player-by-player review will be available on carltonfc.com.au early in the week.

GOALS: De Koning 2, Fisher, O’Dwyer, Owies, Philp