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Players will be given much needed rest and relaxation over their byes, like Matt Rosa enjoying the WA surf

ADELAIDE
Bye: Round 13
After facing Richmond on the Saturday of round 12, Adelaide football manager Phil Harper said nothing special was planned for the group, but that players would have several days away from football to refresh for the second half of the season. After training late in their bye week, players will have the round 13 weekend free before preparing to take on Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium in round 14. - Harry Thring

BRISBANE LIONS
Bye: Round 11
The Lions have a fairly standard week of training but will be given an extra day off by splitting after Thursday's session and returning the following Monday. A number of players on the injury list, including Daniel Rich (shoulder), Tom Rockliff (quad), Jared Polec (ankle) and Stefan Martin (ankle), are in the final stages of recovery and will be expected to continue rehab programs over the break. - Michael Whiting

CARLTON
Bye: Round 13
With the Blues facing a tough four-week block with games against Essendon, Hawthorn, Sydney and Collingwood split by their bye, the last thing on the mind of coach Mick Malthouse is giving his players a break. Malthouse, who is still bedding down his reworked game plan, is yet to decide whether to allow his charges some time off following their round-12 clash with Hawthorn on Friday June 14. At this stage, the only certainty is that there will be a recovery session the next day. - Ben Collins

COLLINGWOOD
Bye:
Round 13
The Pies have two more weeks of footy before their bye. The players will finish at the club on Wednesday June 19 and will enjoy four days of leave before returning to the club on June 24 to prepare for the away game against Port Adelaide the following Saturday. Unlike last year, the Pies won't be travelling to Queensland as a group, but they have carte blanche to leave Victoria and hit the beach somewhere for a few days. - Ashley Browne




An extra clinic or two is always on the agenda for clubs over a bye.  Picture: AFL Media

ESSENDON
Bye: Round 13
The Bombers don't have their bye until round 13, but the club has already worked out its plan for how it will handle that week. After facing Gold Coast on the Saturday night of round 12, the Bombers will give their players three or four days away from the club. They will be expected to do their own fitness programs during that time and will mostly return to the club on Thursday to prepare for their round 14 clash with West Coast the following Friday in Perth. Essendon's VFL side has its bye in the same round as the AFL. - Callum Twomey

FREMANTLE
Bye:
Round 11
Ross Lyon has given his players five days off over the bye weekend in a bid to freshen the side up for a big assault on September after the Dockers put together the second best opening ten rounds to a season in the club's history. Only those playing in the WAFL or recovering from injury such as Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands, Anthony Morabito, and Michael Walters will train this week. Pavlich is still no certainty to return to the line-up against Brisbane in round 12 with Lyon suggesting his captain could play WAFL if necessary. Walters will push his case to play against the Lions, while Morabito and Sandilands are both being handled with extra caution. - Alex Malcolm

GEELONG
Bye: Round 12
In the past two seasons the Cats have played Gold Coast and the Brisbane Lions on the weekend following their bye, and they have used that as an opportunity to spend a week in south-east Queensland before those games. But although Geelong will play the Lions on the weekend after having the bye this year, the players and coaches are not heading north for an extended period this time around. Instead, they will be free to do whatever they want over their bye weekend. "Most of our players will get a good mental break, and we don't to force them to have fun on our terms," Cats coach Chris Scott said. - Adam McNicol

GOLD COAST
Bye:
Round 13
The Suns play Essendon in Melbourne on the Saturday before their bye. They will then break and not be expected to return to training until the following Friday. This will give their many interstate players a chance to return 'home' for an extended period before the second half of the season. Injured players will be given individual programs to work on while away from the club. - Michael Whiting


Guy McKenna and Harley Bennell can enjoy the beach without posing for cameras for one week at least.


GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
Bye: Round 13
The Giants host Port Adelaide in round 12, their final game before the bye. They will have their normal recovery session on the Monday before embarking on a number of community and school clinics across western Sydney and in the NSW zone on Monday and Tuesday. The players are then free to return home, or wherever else they choose, on Wednesday. They aren't required back at the club until Sunday to resume training on Monday, June 24 ahead of their trip to Etihad Stadium to face North Melbourne. - James Dampney

HAWTHORN
Bye: Round 11
Hawks players have been given the entire week off and will check back in at Waverley Park next Monday to begin preparations for the round 12 clash with Carlton. Sitting pretty on top of the ladder with a 9-1 win-loss record, Alastair Clarkson's men will be further strengthened after the bye as Brendan Whitecross, Cyril Rioli and Xavier Ellis all begin to filter back into the team after long-term injuries. - Mark Macgugan

MELBOURNE
Bye:
Round 12
The Demons have four free days – June 13 to 16 – where they aren't required at the club. But they will have individual fitness programs to follow before returning to work ahead of a twilight clash with St Kilda at the MCG the following Saturday. - Ashley Browne





Hawthorn will rest easy knowing Cyril will back when they return to training. Picture: AFL Media

NORTH MELBOURNE
Bye:
Round 12
North will give it's players a few extra days off after it's clash with Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium this Saturday night, with some likely to stay an extra night on the Gold Coast. North players currently playing in the VFL will train next week as normal, with both of the Roos' VFL affiliates, North Ballarat and Werribee, scheduled to play next weekend. - Nick Bowen

PORT ADELAIDE
Bye: Round 11
The week off has probably come at a good time for the Power, who enter their bye on the back of five-straight losses. Players will get four days off this week from Wednesday through to Saturday and then will be back at training on Sunday. Their round 12 match against Greater Western Sydney isn't until the following Sunday, so the Power will have a solid week to try and get their season back on track. - Harry Thring

RICHMOND
Bye: Round 11
The Tigers returned to Punt Road as normal following their round 10 clash against West Coast for medical checks and recovery ahead of their round 11 bye. The players were sent on country visits before all football staff start a four-day break from Thursday to Sunday, with some interstate players taking the opportunity to return home. Richmond faces Adelaide in round 12 in the first of four matches in Melbourne before travelling to Cairns to face Gold Coast in round 16. - Nathan Schmook

ST KILDA
Bye: Round 12
The Saints have their bye in round 12 after they play West Coast on Sunday at Etihad Stadium. They have no plans to get away as a group at this stage, with midfielder David Armitage saying it will be a good opportunity for rejuvenation.  "I think we'll get four or five days off and blokes will get away, go to their families and really refresh mentally and physically," Armitage said. "It's probably come at a good time. We'll go away, refresh and then come back for the second half of the season." - Jennifer Phelan

SYDNEY SWANS
Bye: Round 12
The Swans face the Crows in Adelaide on Saturday and return to Sydney for a review of the game on Monday morning. From that point on the rest of the week is free for the players, with no club commitments. Players will be scattered across the country, with some heading north for some rest and recreation, others will stay at home with their families and some may head back to where they grew up for a few days. The following week they will all return to the club to prepare as normal for their next match, Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium. That will also be the first game when Kurt Tippett is eligible to make his Swans debut. - James Dampney


A debut in
red and white awaits Kurt Tippett after the Swans' round 12 rest.  Picture: AFL Media

WEST COAST
Bye:
Round 12
The Eagles have no plans for a break during their bye week in round 12. West Coast has only 12 days between its round 11 clash with St Kilda and a Friday night blockbuster against Hawthorn at the MCG in round 13. The Eagles precarious 5-5 record is made more concerning by their draw after the bye, when they face Hawthorn, Essendon, Adelaide, Fremantle and Sydney Swans in a five-week stretch. It is unsurprising then that John Worsfold has asked his players to train right through the bye to prepare for a make or break month of football. - Alex Malcolm

WESTERN BULLDOGS
Bye: Round 11
The Western Bulldogs will enjoy the next two days off, after their big win over Port Adelaide in Darwin. The team will then go about training as usual, before enjoying a rare long weekend over the Queens birthday this week. - Jacqui Reed