Cricket, nails, trips: How players are spending Xmas break

    With time off over the Christmas and New Year’s period, AFL players are making the most of their down time. How are your club’s players spending their breaks?TOM MITCHELLThe new Collingwood midfielder has been busy training with his new Magpies teammates. Along with Isaac Quaynor, Josh Daicos and Nick Daicos, Mitchell got in some training post Christmas Day to work off all the food. He was reunited with former Hawthorn teammate Changkuoth Jiath at the Boxing Day Test between Australia and South Africa as the two took in the first day of play in a corporate box. CHRISTIAN PETRACCAThe Norm Smith medallist has been taking his TikTok followers inside his off-season. One ‘rest day’ featured yoga, pilates, a round of golf with his Melbourne teammates and heading out to watching NBL team the South East Melbourne Phoenix — with a familiar face in Steven May. And Christian the chef has continued making tasty recipes, including a Christmas tree pastry. PATRICK DANGERFIELDThe Geelong star is sporting a new look after being the test subject for a Christmas gift. Will Danger continue to rock the painted nails when the 2023 season begins? THE BRAYSHAWSAs they usually do, Angus and Andrew Brayshaw did their 100 100m runs on Christmas Day. The Melbourne and Fremantle stars gruelling session at Christmas have now been replicated by other players keen to get an edge on the rest of the competition. LUKE JACKSON The new Fremantle recruit has headed to Bali.Jackson, a Melbourne premiership player, has been spending time on the Indonesian island with former Collingwood players and fellow Perth boy Trey Ruscoe hitting up Luigi’s Hot Pizza in Bali. MATT GUELFI Essendon’s Matt Guelfi is another player to jet to Bali over the Christmas break. In between seeing the sights of Bali, Guelfi did find some time to do some running in the capital city of Denpasar. BRODIE SMITH AND RORY LAIRD The two Adelaide Crows take part in an annual game of backyard cricket every year, the Pebbsy Cup.With multiple teams of two involved, it’s a fair bit more serious than your normal game of backyard cricket. ZAC BAILEY The Brisbane gun has had a Christmas break to remember after he hit a hole in one at the Pacific Golf Club in Carindale. Bailey registered the hole in one on the 13th hole. SAM WEIDEMAN AND TOM McDONALD McDonald sent his congratulations to his former forward line counterpart and “the man of his dreams” Weideman, who tied the knot in December. The pair are set to face off in Adelaide in round 5 after Weideman’s trade move to Essendon. CHARLIE DIXONThe Port Adelaide star returned to his home of North Queensland to celebrate Christmas. And to keep his training up he visited Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns. But while other places in the country experience heatwaves, including Adelaide, Dixon was greeted by heavy rain. ROWAN MARSHALL AND BLAKE ACRES They play for different clubs but the St Kilda ruckman and the new Carlton recruit shot some hoops together. Given Marshall’s size, you’d assume he is better in the paint than Acres – who moved to the Blues from Fremantle. CAM ZURHAAR AND KANGAROOS PLAYERS IN PERTHAfter signing a new deal Zurhaar definitely enjoyed himself back in his hometown of Perth. Following sipping some champagne in the pool, he joined Kangaroos teammates Griffin Logue and Curtis Taylor as they hit-up the Perth night-life. MARK O’CONNOR’S IRISH CHRISTMAS Geelong’s Irish recruit headed home to Dingle, where the locals were out in force celebrating Christmas. With many dressed as Santa, and one alien costume the locals held a street party to celebrate Christmas Irish style. ED RICHARDS AND RILEY BONNER HEAD TO LONDONThe Western Bulldog and Port Adelaide dashers opted for a winter Christmas as they both headed to London on separate trips. Richards attended the Arsenal against West Ham match on Boxing Day in North London, while Bonner took in the sights with partner Georgia.

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