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BABY BULLDOG FOR SYMES

By ZAC MILBANK (SANFL) | Twitter @zacmilbank

Central District co-captain Brad Symes has declared himself a certain starter for Saturday’s clash with Glenelg after missing last week’s loss to Norwood for the birth of his first child.

The former Crow warned Bulldogs coach Roy Laird he would be an unlikely participant at The Parade should his wife Danielle go into labour late last week.

And the 28-year-old has no regrets about putting birth ahead of ball after welcoming Harper Thomas Symes into the world late on Friday night.

‘’I had a chat to a couple of other blokes at the club like Paul Thomas who have kids,’’ said Symes, adding that Harper measured in at eight pounds nine ounces and 52cm.

‘’He has been through it recently and everyone was on the same page that you don’t get to experience the birth of your first child too often so it was pretty high up there on the priority list and Lairdy was very understanding.

‘’It was a very long process, about 18 hours to finally meet the little man. And by the time the game started, I probably would have had about 45 minutes sleep. I don’t think I would have been at my best so it was probably a good thing that I wasn’t out there.’’

Symes returned to the training track on Monday night in preparation to tackle the Tigers at Playford Alive Oval, a match which not only has the club’s top-three hopes at stake.

The Bulldogs will be raising funds for children’s charity Novita, with as many as 10 players sporting bright yellow boots in Round 22.

The bold footwear will then be signed by Central’s players and auctioned online with all proceeds being sent to Novita.

‘’It’s a great thing the club has done in the last few years with Novita,’’ said Symes, adding fans can also donate at the ground by placing coin donations in Novita tins.

‘’Last year we performed well during the Novita round on our home deck to do the right thing for the cause.

‘’There are a few pair of fluoro yellow boots kicking around and if ever there is a time you need to be brave enough, this is it.

‘’Hopefully we can make it a good day for everyone who gets down there and raise some funds for a really good cause.’’

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Now all Symes must do is negotiate another testing preparation as his match against West Adelaide in Round 20 was clouded by the fact Danielle was due to give birth on game day.

This time, the Magarey Medallist is seeking to get enough sleep as Harper battles to find his nightly routine.

‘’He doesn’t like sleeping at night which is making it tough for us,’’ Symes said.

‘’I’m used to getting my eight or nine hours which has been cut to two or three lately so I’m hanging in there. But it’s all fun so we’ll be trying to teach him a few good routines when it comes to sleeping.’’

 

BABY BULLDOG FOR SYMES
By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
Central District co-captain Brad Symes has declared himself a certain starter for Saturday’s clash with Glenelg after missing last week’s loss to Norwood for the birth of his first child.
The former Crow warned Bulldogs coach Roy Laird he would be an unlikely participant at The Parade should his wife Danielle go into labour late last week.
And the 28-year-old has no regrets about putting birth ahead of ball after welcoming Harper Thomas Symes into the world late on Friday night.
‘’I had a chat to a couple of other blokes at the club like Paul Thomas who have kids,’’ said Symes, adding that Harper measured in at eight pounds nine ounces and 52cm.
‘’He has been through it recently and everyone was on the same page that you don’t get to experience the birth of your first child too often so it was pretty high up there on the priority list and Lairdy was very understanding.
‘’It was a very long process, about 18 hours to finally meet the little man. And by the time the game started, I probably would have had about 45 minutes sleep. I don’t think I would have been at my best so it was probably a good thing that I wasn’t out there.’’
Symes returned to the training track on Monday night in preparation to tackle the Tigers at Playford Alive Oval, a match which not only has the club’s top-three hopes at stake.
The Bulldogs will be raising funds for children’s charity Novita, with as many as 10 players sporting bright yellow boots in Round 22.
The bold footwear will then be signed by Central’s players and auctioned online with all proceeds being sent to Novita.
‘’It’s a great thing the club has done in the last few years with Novita,’’ said Symes, adding fans can also donate at the ground by placing coin donations in Novita tins.
‘’Last year we performed well during the Novita round on our home deck to do the right thing for the cause.
‘’There are a few pair of fluoro yellow boots kicking around and if ever there is a time you need to be brave enough, this is it.
‘’Hopefully we can make it a good day for everyone who gets down there and raise some funds for a really good cause.’’
Now all Symes must do is negotiate another testing preparation as his match against West Adelaide in Round 20 was clouded by the fact Danielle was due to give birth on game day.
This time, the Magarey Medallist is seeking to get enough sleep as Harper battles to find his nightly routine.
‘’He doesn’t like sleeping at night which is making it tough for us,’’ Symes said.
‘’I’m used to getting my eight or nine hours which has been cut to two or three lately so I’m hanging in there. But it’s all fun so we’ll be trying to teach him a few good routines when it comes to sleeping.’’

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