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Starting over again: AFL season begins with round characterised by contrasts | Craig Little

Carlton and Richmond get the new campaign underway in one of a number of opening-round games to throw up the kind of contrasts that make for great art

To quote Mickey and Sylvia, love is strange. On Thursday night, a 70,000-strong, noisy, passionate chorus is expected to accompany the AFL season opener between two football clubs who more closely resemble a decades-long conceptual art project.

While it may be a hard-fought contest between two of the best-supported clubs in Carlton and Richmond, it is lamentably low-stakes. In terms of aesthetics for a marquee game, it is a bit like Kenny G doing a retrospective of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue.

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