Players left scratching their head at new restrictions

Tom Rockliff at Port Adelaide’s training session on Monday. Picture: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images.

These are some of the AFL’s return to perform protocols that have had Adelaide’s Brodie Smith and Port Adelaide’s Tom Rockliff scratching their heads as footy returns.

In advance of the June eleven restart, and the Crows and Electrical power going into their Gold Coast hub on Sunday, players have been issued with a memo by the AFL revealing the protocols that will be in location for a return to video games.

On The Lowdown Podcast, Smith and Rockliff said even though it was recognized that they necessary to do their bit to get the 2020 time back again up and functioning some of the protocols had raised eyebrows.

“Some make sense and some you kind of issue a minimal bit but it is all aspect of it at the second we want to stick to these stringent guidelines to hold the match going,” Smith said.

In the protocols players are not authorized to do activities this sort of as surf or perform objective, permit any social site visitors into their household, sit down in a cafe, go for a picnic in the park, consider young ones to a playground and can’t even allow for spouse and children over to their residence if they really don’t reside with them.

Rockliff said he had to request clarity around some of them.

“It is a distinctive situation and some of the procedures really don’t make great sense to a great deal of people at the second,” he said.

“You can go for a stroll on the beach but you can’t swim or surf or for occasion.


“We can stroll around the golfing course since it is in our location of residence (in the Gold Coast hub) but we can’t perform golfing.

“There is no question there is strong limits at the second around us but just trying to get some clarity around what you can and can not do there has been a handful of hurdles to bounce but I believe we are starting off to see extra clarity about it and ideally we can loosen some of those people limits as we go ahead.”

The Crows have a number of eager golfers this sort of as Brad Crouch and Taylor Walker and Smith said he would be apprehensive for them if they could not perform golfing even though at the Mercure Resort.

“He (Crouch) is a shattered man (on the prospect), he severely plays 4 or 5 occasions a week. If we end instruction at 2pm he is straight to the course and will in good shape in 9 holes in he will do regardless of what it usually takes to get to the golfing course,” he said.

“There have been a great deal of messages from him and Tex in the players WhatsApp asking can we consider our clubs nonetheless, are they going to relax the procedures, should really we deliver them anyway.”

When some players are apprehensive about regardless of whether they can deliver the golfing clubs up to the Gold Coast, Rockliff has been operating out regardless of whether he would deliver companion Sharna and young son Jack up with him immediately after people were authorized.

“At this phase they will continue to be listed here,” he said.

“If we are there for 6 to 8 weeks it would be awesome to have them up there for a few of weeks but if they go there and come back again then they have to isolate for two weeks when they come back again as it stands at the second.”

On the footy front equally Smith and Rockliff said the prospect of players on the interchange bench being one.5m away to social distance through video games was yet another interesting protocol.

“Again yet another head scratching one (players one.5m on the interchange),” Rockliff said.

“You can recognize it to a diploma they certainly want to established the proper case in point that you social distance but when you are sitting one.5m away from a teammate and cross the white line and you might bump into them when you are tackling an opposition player is a head scratching one but it is what you have to deal with at the second.”

Each said they had no issues being in the same resort when they go to the Gold Coast, regardless of Port chairman David Koch criticising the selection by the AFL.