A top Aussie Rules team heading to Queenstown for a week-long training stint is embroiled in a teen sex scandal back home.
Melbourne-based St Kilda Saints – grand final runners-up for the past two years – will bring a 70-strong party including 46 players to the resort for pre-season preparations at the Events Centre, from January 22-29.
It’s sure to be a welcome break for the club, which is fighting recent allegations made by a 16-year-old girl – she claims she fell pregnant after having sex with two St Kilda players she first met during a school visit. She also posted nude photos of some of the team’s stars on the internet.
“No doubt it’ll be good for the players to get away and spend some time together, train hard and focus on the season that’s ahead,” St Kilda football manager Greg Hutchison tells Mountain Scene.
“It’s not ideal [the sex allegations]. We’ve certainly been able to manage some distractions throughout the course of the past year and this is another one we’ll need to manage.”
St Kilda chose Queenstown over other proposed venues such as the Gold Coast, Auckland and Tauranga because of its top-notch accommodation and sports facilities, Hutchison says.
“Who wouldn’t want to come to Queenstown? It’s beautiful,” he adds.
The Saints’ visit follows one by fellow Aussie Rules side Western Bulldogs last month.