BACK IN ACTION: Russell Robertson will line up for the Burnie Dockers this weekend. Picture: Getty Images.FORMER high-flying Melbourne forward, Russell Robertson will feature as a guest speaker at a luncheon leading up to Sunday’s big grand final rematch between Burnie and Launceston before taking to the field for the Dockers.
Robertson will play his first-ever senior game at West Park Oval on Sunday after taking to the field for Burnie in both of its recent away games against Coastal rival Devonport.
Still heavily involved with the Melbourne Football Club in the communications department, Robertson said he enjoyed getting back to the Coast to speak to local footy fans.
“I’d like to impart as much as I can about what footy is like (in Melbourne),” Robertson said yesterday.
“The game has changed dramatically since I finished three years ago, but I still like to keep a toe in the water to make sure I’m up to speed with what is happening.”
As for whether cutting his preparation short to speak at the luncheon would hinder his game, Robertson was confident he would be ready and raring to go come 1pm.
“Preparing for a game is more a mental thing than a physical thing,” he said.
“You realise with age, you will play the same regardless of whether you put in one hour of preparation or two hours of preparation.
“But each to their own.”
The luncheon will start at 11am, with the game to start at 1pm.
Tickets are $50 each, which includes lunch, drinks and entry to the football.
For bookings, contact Barry Gaby on 0418339959.
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This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.