After being tripped within the crowd, Geelong’s Chris Scott says the necessity for coaches to stroll by spectators at Adelaide Oval is “foolish”.
And he has labelled South Australian authorities restrictions on his visiting AFL aspect as “arduous”.
Scott’s Cats downed Port Adelaide by 21 factors on Thursday evening after being given an exemption to enter a state which has closed its border to Victoria.
Geelong’s travelling get together was examined for COVID-19 on arrival at Adelaide Airport, then taken by bus to Adelaide Oval the place they waited 4 hours at an indoor cricket centre for his or her outcomes.
However what struck Scott most was that he and his fellow coaches nonetheless needed to make their method by the Adelaide Oval crowd to entry the world at breaks within the sport.
At three quarter-time, Scott was tripped whereas being escorted by the group.
“I tripped on somebody’s leg so I mentioned to the safety guard ‘did he journey me or do that you must ensure that the legs aren’t coming out?’,” Scott mentioned post-game.
Chris Scott was pressured to stroll by a hostile Adelaide Oval crowd – issues didn’t go to plan. Credit score: Getty
“It was in all probability an accident. I’m undecided.
“However unusual scenario, given the circumstances and the meticulous method through which the South Australian authorities has sorted us over the past 24 hours, was that we’re nonetheless strolling in that shut proximity, individuals are really brushing previous us within the crowd.
“You possibly can provide you with one million examples of issues that don’t make a lot sense (with coronavirus protocols).
“However we must always simply give attention to attempting to leap into line and supply a very good instance for the remainder of the general public.”
Adelaide Oval is the one AFL venue the place teaching employees should stroll by the group to enter the enjoying floor.
Geelong’s Chris Scott was tripped strolling by the group at Adelaide Oval throughout his aspect’s win. Credit score: AAP
“In probably the most respectful phrases potential, when you’ve gotten a stadium of this high quality, renovated, and to miss the truth that the coaches nonetheless should stroll by the group is a bit foolish – particularly within the circumstances we’re in in the intervening time,” Scott mentioned.
Geelong have been as a result of fly out after the match however fog left them stranded in Adelaide and staying at a resort for the evening.
Scott described the pre-match wait on the cricket centre as “unusual”.
“Among the footage would have been fairly comical; we’ve got acquired guys sleeping below tablecloths attempting to get some darkness,” he mentioned.
“I’m attempting to decide on my phrases fastidiously. But when I used to be a bit bit extra of a loopy coach, wanting round, I might have been much more frightened than I used to be as a result of there have been some unusual scenes.
“However that’s what the South Australian authorities selected to do.
“The entire method by the pandemic, the rule of thumb has been to not level out the inconsistencies and the silliness of some type of guidelines and simply leap on board.”