Crows' COVID-19 breach was due to player excitement - Tom Doedee

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Adelaide defender Tom Doedee says the excitement of the Crows playing group coming together after six weeks in COVID-19 lockdown was the main reason for the club's Barossa Valley breach.

The Crows broke restrictions earlier this month when they ran a group training session with 16 players, including Doedee.

While an AFL investigation found Adelaide's infringement was "not done to create a competitive advantage," assistant coach Ben Hart was suspended for six weeks and the players involved handed a suspended one-game sanction.

Doedee, who missed all but one game in 2019 due to a torn ACL, said he knew his side was in the wrong, but added players just got swept up in the occasion.

"You train with these blokes all pre-season, and then you're away from them without contact for six weeks, besides Zoom chats," Doedee told reporters on Tuesday. "Your mind starts to drift [when you get back together] and you get into the spirit of it. Everyone was just so excited to be out there.

"It was just one of those cases where we were in the right and then we sort of ... we just made a mistake. We were out and about having a run."

Doedee, 23, has already been elevated to the club's leadership group alongside senior players Rory Sloane, Brodie Smith, Matt Crouch and Tom Lynch.

While he admitted he felt guilty for the breach, the club has vowed to move on and focus on the return of football in 2020.

"I always feel a sense of responsibility, mainly because of the younger group and the relationships I have with those boys," Doedee said. "Hindsight would be a wonderful thing. If I had my time again, we could change same stuff.

"I played a part in that and I'll wear it, as a club we've worn it. We're just looking at moving forward, especially now we've got a date for footy. We've got bigger things to worry about."