WHILE Melbourne won’t be playing for premiership points on Sunday, it will still be having a match simulation session on the MCG.
Following the postponement of the Round 3 clash with Essendon, the MCC has provided special dispensation to the Dees, enabling them to hold this intra-club game at their home venue.
Due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the club has had to remain flexible in 2020, and CEO Gary Pert is confident with the plans that are in place.
“We have always been aware that this season would be unpredictable, and as a club, we are prepared for anything that comes our way,” Pert told Melbourne Media.
“Of course, it’s disappointing we can’t get out there tomorrow as I know the group was really looking forward to this game, but we certainly understand the circumstances.”
Despite the last-minute change of schedule, the Demons will still be able to get out on the field and build their momentum for the season.
“We appreciate the MCC’s assistance in allowing us to play on the MCG tomorrow given the late notice,” Pert said.
“It will be big hit-out for our players, and being on our home turf is important, so we’re looking forward to that opportunity.”
The AFL’s decision to postpone Sunday’s match comes after Bomber defender Conor McKenna returned a positive test for COVID-19.
And while it’s a disappointing result, Pert says football comes secondary in this situation.
“At the start of the season we said the health and wellbeing of all players and football staff was the highest priority,” he said.
“We hope Conor has a thorough recovery and that there’s no further spread of the virus for players and staff at the Essendon Football Club.”
Melbourne’s practice match will kick off at 1pm on Sunday.