Dock­ers are in holiday mode

The Sunday Times - - Confidential -

WHILE their cross-town ri­vals at West Coast are still deep in Septem­ber footy ac­tion, Fre­man­tle Dock­ers play­ers are of­fi­cially in holiday mode.

Be­fore strut­ting his stuff down the cat­walk at the Perth In­ter­na­tional Fash­ion Fes­ti­val this week, cap­tain Nat

Fyfe was surf­ing it up in Sri Lanka, post­ing shirt­less photos next to a slick look­ing tuk-tuk which he la­belled his “new whip”.

Mean­while, a group of his team­mates — in­clud­ing Alex Pearce,

Grif­fin Logue, Matt Taberner and Tommy Sheri­dan — have been blaz­ing a trail through west­ern Europe, tak­ing in the sights of Spain, France and Croatia. Their ex­ploits, doc­u­mented on so­cial me­dia, have in­cluded liv­ing it up on the Span­ish party is­land of Ibiza and re­sort city of San Se­bas­tian, play­ing golf, and Logue sport­ing a pair of budgie smug­glers on the beach in the French sea­side town of Biar­ritz.

Fel­low Dock­ers Joel Ham­ling, Luke Ryan, Shane Ker­sten, Sean Darcy and Brennan Cox looked re­laxed to­gether at Ku De Ta restau­rant in Bali, while Bran­don Mat­era was ex­cited to be in

Sin­ga­pore.

But not all Freo play­ers are play­ing the tourist abroad, with oth­ers stuck at home. Hay­den Bal­lan­tyne posted a photo at Bun­nings with his kids, David

Mundy was do­ing the school drop-offs while Lachie Neale, ru­moured to be leav­ing the Dock­ers for Bris­bane, was in the com­mu­nity spirit, play­ing kick-to-kick with a young Dock­ers fan.

Sib­lings Stephen and Bradley Hill have been busy on the busi­ness front ready­ing for the launch of Perth’s third KX Pi­lates Stu­dio in Fre­man­tle yes­ter­day. Bradley’s part­ner Sa­man­tha

Dobbs is a qual­i­fied Pi­lates in­struc­tor and will han­dle the day-to-day run­ning of the stu­dio.

Bradley was in­tro­duced to the fit­ness fad shortly af­ter ar­riv­ing at Hawthorn back in 2012. “When I was in Mel­bourne I had to do it once a week,” he said. “There were a few boys that had to do it to get a bit stronger through our cores.”

Back to Fyfe. Con­fi­den­tial had a chuckle over his awk­ward ex­change with lo­cal ex­port Ni­cole Trun­fio at the Fash­ion Fes­ti­val press con­fer­ence, when the US-based in­ter­na­tional model asked the Brown­low win­ner if he played for the Ea­gles.

The Docker ex­plained: “So West Coast are still play­ing (in fi­nals) — we’re not. So that’s why I’m here with you and not out there train­ing.”

The pair shared plenty of laughs as they grad­u­ally got to know one another ahead of strut­ting their stuff on the cat­walk for the last night of the fes­ti­val.

Top down: Brothers Bradley and Stephen Hill at KX Pi­lates Stu­dios with Brad’s part­ner and in­struc­tor Sa­man­tha Dobbs. Grif­fin Logue, Tommy Sheri­dan and Matt Taberner play­ing golf. Tommy Sheri­dan in Barcelona, Spain. Grif­fin Logue in Biar­ritz, France. Nat Fyfe in Sri Lanka, left.

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