Melbourne star Christian Petracca has unpacked how the club addressed an unsavoury post-game moment in a bid to continue improving its culture, even as it enjoys an unprecedented run to start the season.
After Melbourne’s 26-point win over Carlton on Sunday, rookie small forward Kade Chandler could be seen drenched in milk during the team song post-game.
Petracca could then be seen helping Chandler by watering him down, an action AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson asked him to explain on Tuesday night.
“I just think Gatorade showers are part of the game but not milk,” he said.
“Throwing water and Gatorade fine on him but I think milk goes a bit too far – Our dietitian did a great job of providing protein shakes after the game.”
Expanding on the moment, Petracca revealed there had been a team chat after the game led by Gawn to prevent it from happening again.
“We addressed it after the game. We said if someone was to play their debut game, we’d probably do water or Gatorade but milk is a bit too far.
“Gawny just said that’s probably not good enough. Then our property steward has to wash up the ground. Water’s fine to wash up but probably not milk, probably stains the ground as well.”
While a small moment, Petracca said the turn of events post-game illustrated how the club is continuing to strive to be better, even while enjoying a sensational 9-0 start to the season.
“As a culture we’re trying to constantly improve and, you know, these little things might not seem like a lot, but you know there’s those little one percenters that add up,” he said.