AFL stars tearfully say goodbye to loved ones while forced to evade months of interquate quarantine nodes to evade Melbourne’s corona virus
- Sports stars say goodbye to their families as they flew off the highway to play games
- All ten Victorian clubs will be away for 32 days while their state battles the corona virus
- Geelong Cats players and Melbourne Demons stars flew to Sydney on Saturday
- The players will now be separated from their partners and children for weeks
AFL stars have said goodbye to their loved ones in emotional airport scenes, fleeing Victoria from quarantine nodes to minimize the risk of coronavirus contraction or spread.
All ten Victorian clubs will spend at least 32 days interstate while their home state battles a second wave of the virus.
The belligerent state registered 127 new infections on Monday, as well as two deaths within 24 hours.
Melbourne Demons and Geelong Cats players set off for Sydney on Sunday evening and were spotted kissing and hugging each other.
A number of players spend four weeks apart from their families, with demons Alex Neal-Bullen and Sam Weideman among those spotted in romantic farewell at Melbourne Airport.
Melbourne Demons star Sam Weideman (pictured on Sunday) says goodbye to his girlfriend before heading to Sydney
Demon’s teammate Alex Neal-Bullen (pictured) also said goodbye to his partner in emotional scenes at Melbourne Airport
Several teams from Melbourne also flew on Monday, including reigning Prime Ministers Richmond Tigers, Essendon Bombers, Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne Kangaroos.
The Essendon and North Melbourne teams landed on the Gold Coast on Monday afternoon.
Many stars who could not bear the thought of being separated from their young families for so long were joined by their partners and children in the quarantine nodes.
These include Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin, Bulldogs’ Josh Bruce, Jason Johannisen and Tom Liberatore and stars from North Melbourne, Ben Brown and Shaun Higgins.
A hostess from Virgin Australia greets the young daughters of Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin as they board their flight en route to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Monday (photo)
North Brown star Ben Brown (pictured in blue) leaves Melbourne with his wife Hester (with backpack) and daughter Aila on their way to the Gold Coast
Tiger superstar Dustin Martin seemed in a good mood when he boarded the plane to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Two Richmond premiere stars chose not to join the hub and will therefore be unavailable for weeks: Bachar Houli, whose daughter was born last week, and Shaun Edwards, whose wife is heavily pregnant.
Also seen aboard the Bombers flight was Conor McMcKenna, who tested positive after his off-season trip to his native Ireland, and will be available for selection for his first game of the season this weekend.
The Hawthorn Hawks were already in Sydney and lost to GWS Giants on Sunday.
They stay at their hub in the beachside suburb of Coogee for at least a month.
The demons also remain in Sydney
Bulldogs star Josh Bruce (pictured) played loving father to daughter Poppy when they boarded the plane
North Melbourne player Shaun Higgins (pictured) gives his daughter Rosie a ride on the back after landing on the Gold Coast on Monday afternoon
St Kilda and Carlton had also moved north to Noosa and the Gold Coast respectively.
Geelong spends a week in Sydney before heading west to be part of the Perth hub along with Collingwood, who is also the first to head to Sydney for this weekend’s clash against the Hawks.
AFL chief Gillon McLachlan said the plan was for Victorian teams to return home after a 45-game span in 32 days, but that could change.
North Melbourne player Jed Anderson (pictured) was working on holding precious cargo in the form of sleeping baby daughter Katerinah as he made his way through Gold Coast Airport
AFL superstar Dustin Martin (left photo) and Tigers teammate Mabior Chol (right) were in a good mood when they left Melbourne Airport on Monday
“The Victorian clubs that are temporarily moving to the interstate are playing a role in ensuring that our season continues into a year that will continue to challenge us all,” McLachlan told reporters on Friday.
“We will reassess our options depending on the COVID-19 situation across the country.
“Everyone must bear the burden and bear the pain … we will make it as fair as possible by the end of the year.”
Jason Johannisen, the star of Western Bulldogs (pictured with baby daughter Lola), also had father service while flying north on Monday
Essendon Bombers Conor McKenna (photo left) and Jayden Laverde (right) boarded their flight to the Gold Coast. McKenna could play his first game in 2020 after a coronavirus shock