Melbourne have played down the importance of not being able to train on the resurfaced Optus Stadium ahead of Friday night’s crunch AFL clash with Fremantle.
The stadium turf has been a big talking point after it was left a chopped up mess following three sporting fixtures in as many days last week.
Heavy rain didn’t help the venue’s cause, with ground staff forced to replace parts of the surface this week.
More rain is forecast for Friday, and there are concerns about how the turf will hold up.
Fremantle were granted permission to train at the venue on Tuesday so they could get used to the conditions, but Melbourne weren’t allowed to train there on Thursday.
The Demons trained at the WACA Ground instead.
Demons assistant coach Greg Stafford did his best to laugh off the snub.
“Well we believe we’re co-tenants of Optus along with Freo and West Coast after the experience we had last year,”…