North waiting on AFL travel call

North Melbourne coach Rhyce Shaw has no serious qualms about travelling for away matches on the same charter flights as rival clubs, but is still waiting for AFL clarification on the matter.

With the AFL determined to save costs in dire financial circumstances, it has moulded the new fixture list to allow for multiple clubs to travel together on match days.

The schedule will mean players, coaches and support staff collectively spend less time in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kangaroos are set to travel on the morning of their round-two clash with GWS and will share flights with Essendon, who take on Sydney the same day.

Shaw admitted the game-day travel schedule would not be ideal preparation for a match, but said his club was willing to make sacrifices for the good of the competition.

“We just have to do it. If we get the opportunity to play, we’ll play,” Shaw told reporters on Tuesday.

“If we have to share with another team, we’ll do that.

“It’s not ideal, especially with that team, but we’ll just see how we go.”

The new-look travel schedule will mean teams are waiting around for others before or after matches.

North Melbourne’s round-two fixture will start and finish approximately two and a half hours before Essendon’s.

“If we have to wait for another game or another team, then we’ll do that and we’ll make the most of it and get our preparation right for the next week,” Shaw said.

“It’s all about opportunity and we want to make the most of our opportunity.

“We’ve got 16 games to put our best foot forward and we want to play finals, so we have to adapt.”

North Melbourne resumed full-contact training at Arden Street on Tuesday in preparation for round two.

Shaw welcomed the prospect of taking on brother and GWS defender Heath Shaw in the first match back after the restart and was pleased with North’s fixtures in the first four-week block.

After the Giants, the Kangaroos have three consecutive matches at Marvel Stadium, against Sydney, Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs.

Shaw said captain Jack Ziebell would be fit to play against GWS after sustaining medial ligament damage in a knee in round one.

Majak Daw is in contention to play his first senior match since suffering serious hip and pelvic injuries in a fall from the Bolte Bridge in December 2018.





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