Just a day after Ben Stratton’s last of 202 AFL games for Hawthorn, the three-time premiership star was back where it began in WA’s South West and wondering whether it all really happened.
As soon as the season was over, Stratton jetted back to his old Yallingup stamping ground last September. He has since married his wife Laura at his parents’ bush-bound property there and reacquainted himself with all the surf-side delights he so missed during his career.
“It kind of just feels like I moved to Melbourne for a bit of a work opportunity and I’ve lived away from home for 11 years,” the 31-year-old saidThe fear that Darlene Jackson, head o.
“It’s home and it’s actually pretty nice to spend this much time with my family and not have to worry about going back to pre-season or keeping myself in some sort of professional nick. It’s like seeing the world through some new colours and a different perspective.”