Saints settling into Noosa training hub


St Kilda are settling into their new AFL training hub in Noosa, hopeful it would solely be a five-round stretch earlier than they will get again to Melbourne.

The exodus of AFL golf equipment from Victoria started on Sunday with Collingwood and Hawthorn sharing a flight to Sydney whereas the Saints headed additional north.

The league confirmed on Friday that each one 10 Victorian golf equipment can be required to go away the state – which is gripped by a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Saints arrived into Queensland on Sunday evening and are in lockdown for 14 days within the RACV Resort, which has been beneath development and solely reopened to accommodate the membership.

They can solely depart to make use of a training floor however have full use of the resort amenities, with it closed to the general public, with the AFL footing the invoice for lodging and meals.

On day 15 they may fly to Adelaide to tackle the Crows and return to Noosa the next day.

Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean stated gamers had been excited to be within the new surrounds.

“We’re very lucky – got the whole resort to ourselves – it’s been under construction here so it’s been closed,” Lethlean instructed SEN radio on Monday morning.

“We’ve got a young group so lots of the boys are excited – it’s been a shut-down period back home, so lots of those guys haven’t seen each other properly so everyone’s excited to be around each other.”

Lethlean stated they hadn’t been given any ensures about how lengthy they’d must be away from Melbourne, the place COVID-19 circumstances are persevering with to rise.

“Based on how the environment in Victoria is going I don’t think the AFL know what round 11 looks likes,” he stated.

“We are ready for a five round block but we hope we then get a chance to reconnect with our families back home and reassess after that.”

He stated veteran midfielder Dan Hannebery travelled with the squad, who’re sitting fourth, regardless of a hamstring “nick” which can sideline him for just a few extra weeks.

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