Saints get a taste of the Coast as lockdown ends
After two weeks locked down in a Noosa resort, the St Kilda Saints players are marching their way across the Sunshine Coast.
To avoid the growing COVID-19 concerns in Victoria, the Saints set up camp at Noosa’s RACV resort from Sunday, July 5.
Their two-week quarantine period ended on Sunday, July 19 and the players were enjoying an opportunity to get out and see some of the picturesque Sunshine Coast.
Saints defender Jonathon Marsh said it was the simple things he had missed the most.
“There is something about going down to the beach and getting a takeaway coffee, so that was good,” he said.
“A lot of the boys are keen on their golf, so after lockdown they were out there for eight hours putting away.
“We have been out to the beach and having a swim which is unreal.
“We don’t look like locals. We are all pasty skin and scream when we get into the ocean.”
The players understood there may be some angst among locals that the club was invited into the state during such a tumultuous time.
“Obviously, this is not the perfect situation for anyone,” Marsh said.
“We definitely don’t want to come up here and tread on toes.
“I can understand there would be some angst among people whose loved ones can’t get in (to the state) which is very fair.”
During the stressful period, Marsh said you couldn’t blame anyone for being upset.
“It’s just an absolutely unbelievable situation that we are all in,” he said.
“If you had of said to me at the start of pre-season this is what was going to happen, I would have told you to get out.
“You’ve just got to take it all in your stride.”
With Victorian restrictions ramping up, the Saints were resigned to the fact they would be in Noosa for the next three months.
Marsh said the AFL was working at getting as many of the players’ partners and families up to join them as possible.
“Hopefully that process starts soon, now that we are up here for the 11-week period,” he said.
“It’s really hard for the players to leave their family at home.
“My situation is my girlfriend’s parents are in another country. I left her in Melbourne by herself. You feel a bit guilty.”
Marsh had not heard if more AFL teams were headed for the Coast.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to cram a couple more clubs in Noosa but so far we haven’t heard anything from other teams,” he said.
“We have all just been worried about the St Kilda families.”