Ross Lyon has raised questions surrounding the reported “curfew” positioned on Melbourne’s gamers within the lead-up to the AFL grand ultimate, calling it “excessive”.
Melbourne head into their first grand ultimate in 21 years because the favorite in opposition to the Western Bulldogs as they hope to finish a 57-year premiership drought.
Based on The Age’s Caroline Wilson, the membership is leaving no stone unturned in its skilled preparation for the decider, with a 9pm “curfew” positioned on gamers to return to the Joondalup Resort the place the staff at present resides.
“They don’t seem to be calling it a curfew, however the gamers are calling it a curfew,” Wilson mentioned on 9’s Footy Labeled.
“Alan Richardson, the Head of Soccer, has mainly mentioned we would like you all again on the Joondalup resort each evening by 9pm and we might relatively you all eat dinner collectively on the resort.
“These of you who come from Perth initially and have households right here, for those who do wish to go and have dinner with household or associates, we would like you again right here and in your individual beds by 9 o’clock.”
The reported “curfew” didn’t sit properly with Lyon, who coached groups to grand finals in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
“It is actually shocking,” he informed Footy Labeled.
“I do not assume you want guidelines for grown males that have gotten a premiership alternative in two weeks’ time.
“All I do know is you make a rod on your again. What occurs if somebody rolls up at 10pm? What is the penalty?
“It is half an hour from the CBD, Joondalup, in order that they’re actually saying you have to be out of the CBD, out of Fremantle, out of Cottesloe by 8:30pm. I feel it is just a little bit excessive.”
Wilson additionally revealed that the Demons’ camp had precipitated frustrations among the many travelling media for being much less forthcoming with interview requests.
“It has been irritating for the media and it is gone so far as the AFL that Melbourne haven’t been as open because the Western Bulldogs have been,” she mentioned.
“It is simply an attention-grabbing manner of dealing with issues. I do know the AFL are annoyed as a result of Melbourne are a staff who’re making an attempt to turn out to be one of many powerhouses.”