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AFL teams start moving again after delays

By Guy Hand 13/06/2011 05:28:37 PM Comments (0)

Stranded AFL teams are on the move home after having their travel plans disrupted by the volcanic ash emergency.

Essendon, who played Fremantle at the weekend, said they had secured a flight home from Perth - due to arrive back in Melbourne late on Monday night.

Brisbane were also expected to get home on Monday night after being delayed in Melbourne following Sunday's loss to Carlton at Etihad Stadium.

But Richmond had earlier given up on the idea of flying, and were making their way from Sydney to Melbourne by bus.

The Tigers decided to take the drastic course of action as they only had a six-day turnaround until their next match - another interstate trip to Brisbane to play the Lions.

They were expected to arrive on Monday evening in Melbourne.

"With the uncertainty about when planes would be operating at Melbourne Airport, we decided the best course of action would be to use a different form of transport," Richmond football manager Ross Monaghan told the Herald Sun.

"Due to the limited information we had after the match, we did not want to take the risk that we would need an extended stay in Sydney, particularly with a six-day break before our next match."

Brisbane football manager Dean Warren said the disruption had not overly affected his team's training schedule.

"We had the staff, resources and facilities in Melbourne to be able to complete our post-match recovery session and assessments," he said.

"Fortunately, there was no significant disruption to the team's post-match process."

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