Don’t underestimate stress of trip to Perth, says Gawn


By the time they left the hotel, other states had announced they would do the same and the AFL had declared the Demons-Eagles game the last to be played for at least 10 weeks.

“Don’t underestimate the strain that the flight to Perth put the players under,” Gawn said.

Up ‘n’ at ’em: West Coast’s Nic Naitanui in a ruck battle with Max Gawn.Credit:AAP

“Everyone put their hands up and wanted to play. That’s a characteristic of young, millennial footballers.

“But this is a really risky thing that we’ve decided to come out and do. It would have been extra stress for those with young kids at home.

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“Family is very important in this initial part.”

Knowing that the league would be going into lockdown, Gawn said it was a bizarre feeling when the siren blew after their loss to West Coast, and similar to the end of round 23 when the season is over.

But the star ruckman said he was still in football mode.

“I don’t know when that’s going to be, when football is going to resume, but me personally I’m training for the next game,” he said.

“I don’t know if I’m allowed outdoors, if I’m on the treadmill inside, but that’s where my head is at the moment.

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“It’s a bizarre feeling. Not really knowing what was coming.

“Automatically we’re flat because we came here to win a game of footy and we didn’t.

“But lots of people all around the world are out of their day job, out of their norm, and we’re just another one of them.

“It’ll be an interesting eight to 10 weeks to come.”

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