Buckley laments tennis match after Magpies loss

“We believed it had been coated off, we thought it had been ticked off and that was together with the truth that two folks … you’ll be able to play with folks outdoors of the hub however not at the moment of the week and it must be rapid household or housemates,” he stated.

“And even earlier within the week you’ll be able to train … with a direct member of the family, with somebody outdoors of the hub, however you’ll be able to’t play tennis with them.

“There are some conditions the place it’s OK and a few the place it’s not with totally different folks at totally different occasions so it nonetheless is a bit of bit … it’s actually clear nevertheless it has shifted and altered over time.

“I’d be pissed off if I used to be [a supporter] in lockdown then one thing like this occurred. Look I’ve received an understanding of that, I don’t have a leg to face on. It was an absence of due diligence by me and observe up and may have recognized higher, ought to have checked once more earlier than we’d gone.

“I simply had a very costly recreation of tennis throughout the week.

“All of us perceive there’s solely a handful of COVID instances in WA … the well being danger is just not a priority. [But] I’ve a accountability to stick to the principles and rules of the AFL. In 2020 hub protocols are an element [of that].

“We’re privileged to proceed working and the gamers, employees, households are making sacrifices in some form or kind to have the ability to hold the trade going.

“I’m not bitter and twisted about it in any respect, I don’t discover it onerous as such. I really feel grateful to be within the place I’m in and we’re in.”

The coach stated the Pies lack of aggression across the ball was the principle motive for the loss to Fremantle.


“We’ve got lacked a little bit of an edge within the final couple of weeks. The final two video games we have now actually haven’t been as aggressive as we normally are,” Buckley stated.

“Not aggressive sufficient, not hungry sufficient to stay these tackles.

“They have been extra intent throughout the board than we have been, which is a priority for us as a result of we satisfaction ourselves on that.

“In the long run it’s an psychological and emotional problem. There’s a bodily problem in fast flip round between video games however we’ve been humbled in that space.”

The Pies play Sydney on Thursday, their second recreation in 4 throughout 14 days.

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