Essendon doping scandal wouldn't happen here, Lions say
IF there was any good to come from the Essendon Bombers doping saga it was evident when Brisbane Lions senior assistant coach Danny Daly addressed the media in Maroochydore yesterday.
Daly said the Lions would do everything in their power to ensure no player would have to endure the same fate.
"I think it's made everyone in the competition more aware and given us more understanding about what we need to do as a coaching group, and our responsibility to the players," he said.
"It's very important that we make sure we're doing everything right with our programs and our supplement programs to make sure we don't fall in the same trap.
"Welfare is paramount for the players no matter what it is."
Daly said the doping saga has rocked his boys.
"They're competitors … but once we get off the field everyone is in this together, we're one organisation," he said.
"So I'm sure all our players are feeling for the Essendon players.
"They probably know players at Essendon and have spoken to them.
"One thing it does remind them that they have a responsibility as well as players."
But the Lions put it behind them as they put on an open training session at Maroochydore's Multi Sport Complex in front of hundreds of fans.
They followed it up with a junior clinic and autograph signing as a part of a four-day Sunshine Coast boot camp at Fisherman's Road that ends on tomorrow.
Fans lapped it up as everyone from captain Tom Rockliff to exciting recruit Ryan Bastinac were on show.
"Basti (Bastinac) is an interesting one," Daly joked.
"When we got him up here he told me he had the air conditioner on in Melbourne.
"He battles with the heat. There is no such thing in Melbourne!
"So the first couple of training sessions he was pretty cooked, he slept for about 18 hours after his first session."
Meanwhile Sunshine Coast recruits Eric Hipwood and John Freeman continue to impress.
"They're both going really well, Eric has impressed me with his training," Daly said.
"The fortunate thing is those kids have lived and breathed footy up here (in Queensland), so they know what it's all about.
"They've gone through our system and our academy, which is really important.
"They have an understanding of our gameplans and what's required."