On the Gold Coast on Monday, he was turning his attention to Saturday's elimination final against St Kilda happy with the family's decision. The Pies extend their lead off the back of a brilliant goal from Jordan De Goey. But finals and premierships are never won without impact from rucks and key position players. Check out some of the most inspiring and unique content in ON DEMAND now. You can access more content with Watch AFL. "They will obviously do the best thing by the partner and the pregnancy. Wood said they contemplated staying with his brother, who lives in Brisbane, to have the baby but eventually it became clear that home in Melbourne was the best option. The COVID-19 inflicted stresses of 2020 obviously need to be factored in, but words and body language coming out of West Coast were too often negative, and quite possibly ultimately contributed to an unexpected loss at its home ground in the first week of finals. Saints players, coaches and staff will travel to Noosa on Sunday via Brisbane, for what’s tipped to be a month-long stay in South East Queensland. Picture: AFL Media, 'She'll be banned from this room': The Burke family's divided household, Paddy Ryder won't be seen again this season due to a hamstring tear, How Dogs, Eagles avoid back-to-back finals disasters. The Bulldogs' problems were not attitudinal, far from it. Jarryn Geary training in Noosa on Wednesday. Andrews is already a two-time All-Australian, and yet he may not have even scratched the surface of his talents. Josh Bruce and his partner Pip also had a baby on the weekend in Queensland, with Bruce missing training on Saturday and Monday. While nothing has been confirmed, the club will explore the possibility of flying the women up to the hub and finding them an obstetrician in Queensland. Geary has returned from isolation following the birth of son Freddie and was back training with teammates on the Sunshine Coast on Monday ahead of the meeting with the Dogs. Motlop and Cameron booted three goals each, De Goey two. The pregnant partners of St Kilda stars Jarryn Geary and Jake Carlisle, ... Family members will have to quarantine for 14 days at a separate location before joining up with the players. Port Adelaide's Steven Motlop, Lion Charlie Cameron and Magpie Jordan De Goey played crucial cameos, all creating match-shaping moments out of nowhere with their renowned freakish goal sense. The performance may not have been as spectacular as the three goals he booted in the second quarter of the 2018 preliminary final against Richmond which prompted the MCG to erupt in a "USA, USA" chant, but factoring in the form troubles he and his club have endured in 2020, it was just as important. Battle was on light duties last week. But despite all the odds, here lay the opportunity. And it would have been a big relief, and maybe even a small sense of pride, that they weren't humiliated as they were by a roughhouse GWS in the corresponding match of last season. After defeating Fremantle in the final round to claim a finals spot, the Bulldogs will go in at close to full strength. "That's certainly a live discussion for two of our players. "And we have got a lot of families back home that we all left on the pretense that we were away for 30-odd days and there was no home schooling and there was no lockdown and that changed as soon as we arrived. Easton Wood farewells pregnant wife and daughter as finals fight begins, Former captain Easton Wood has farewelled his family ahead of the finals. The Saints meanwhile announced on Monday that Geary had re-signed for 2021. Zak Jones is progressing well after missing the round 18 win over Greater Western Sydney with a hamstring injury. After 11 weeks together inside the Royal Pines hub on the Gold Coast, Western Bulldogs premiership skipper Easton Wood will enter finals without family by his side, after his pregnant wife Tiffany and their daughter Matilda returned to Melbourne on Monday ahead of the birth of their second child, due in early November.

Easton Wood's family have returned to Melbourne as they ready themselves for the birth of their second child and the upcoming finals series. So, in the middle of last week, Wood said his goodbyes as his family moved to Brisbane to prepare to fly home. "Those discussions will be happening every week from now, probably.". Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports. Saints chief operating officer Simon Lethlean said relocating partners and having babies interstate was an option if the players were forced to spend longer on the road than initially planned. Former captain Easton Wood has farewelled his family ahead of the finalsCredit:The Age. "They are having that discussion on the home front as to whether that's the best thing for them and if the partner agrees, they would. But St Kilda swingman Josh Battle is in doubt for the game as he deals with a lingering injury concern. "We have got some players that have got babies due in 10 weeks," Lethlean said on Wednesday. Lethlean said the Saints expected there would also be players that would want to return home should the planned five-week period on the road be extended. Sam McClure is a sport reporter for The Age and winner of 'best news reporter' at the AFL Media Association awards. One of the greatest finals weekend in AFL history, a team that should now be favourites and a coming of age performance. As did the 211cm Mason Cox. "Embracing the uncertainty is a bit of the trick up here.". Already, the 2021 season is something to look forward to for Dogs supporters. "A lot of guys were managed through last week, having the week off, which is good. One of their problems – the forward line – will seemingly be instantly rectified when they use the national draft to snare their academy player in Jamarra Ugle-Hagan. "I think there would be some at a certain stage that would say if I'm not in the mix, if I'm way out of the mix, I might get home and train from home and get back with my family," Lethlean told SEN. "Some that brought their families I think would be content to stay. Jarryn Geary training in Noosa on Wednesday.Credit:St Kilda Football Club. They will have reason to feel hard done by in kicking four of the final five goals of their elimination final against the Saints, and falling short by three points. This content is unavailable in your region. The decision indicates the reality of life away from home for most of the AFL, dealing with questions they could not have contemplated as possible at the start of the year, with St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary's partner Emma also having a baby last week in Queensland. Paddy Ryder won't be seen again this season due to a hamstring tear, but he was best afield for the Saints in Saturday's elimination final win against Western Bulldogs with two goals, four big marks and 20 hitouts. Jake Carlisle and Dougal Howard down back were influential, Rowan Marshall teamed well with Ryder and Max King was beautifully poised at key moments. The league will then go halves on the cost of each extra person above 100. "The way the pressure was absorbed early and being able to play in the presence of that has us positioned well for finals because finals is an absolute pressure cooker.". But, for all the positivity coming from winning 10 of the final 15 matches, the Dogs are a long way off being able to impact a finals a series. THE 2020 debriefs for West Coast and Western Bulldogs will be very different. They'll build up their training throughout the next few days, leading into the weekend," Geary said. TWO players who have always loved a scrap helped their teams secure elimination finals wins in week one of 2020 series. St Kilda skipper Jarryn Geary says the the club will embrace the move into a Noosa hub. Some players that normally get little love deserve a heap of praise after week one of the finals. "Tiff will be getting back soon and hopefully feeling comfortable at home, a bit more privacy, a bit more control, she is looking forward to being in her own home," Wood said. "We are catching up every two days with staff that are here, we have obviously got a lot of families back home, and players every two days to have those discussions to see how people are feeling about it. THEY get little love, and are even ostracised on occasions, in the major individual awards of any home and away season. Naitanui was outstanding, yet again, but the Grundy-Cameron combo worked. "It's been a big fight for us to get this opportunity.

But it's a live discussion as you've got to be dedicated to push towards finals and play finals and not miss out. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. ... with St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary… "The longer we explored that the harder it looked ... and the pull for home got too great," Wood said.

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