Brayshaw, Gaff make AFL peace in golf game

There are still doubts about the status of five of Brayshaw’s teeth, with the nerves still unresponsive.

But he says everything else has recovered fully, and he’s already put the incident behind him.

Brayshaw’s older brother Hamish, who plays for West Coast, has acted as somewhat of a peacemaker since the fiery western derby.

Gaff visited Andrew Brayshaw in Melbourne a few weeks after the derby to apologise in person for his brain snap.

He also brought flowers for Brayshaw’s mum.

And the pair met up again in Perth recently after Hamish organised a round of golf for all of them.

“I know there was speculation that we played [a round of golf] before, which we hadn’t,” Andrew Brayshaw said.

Andrew Gaff at the tribunal after his clash with Brayshaw.

Andrew Gaff at the tribunal after his clash with Brayshaw.Credit:AAP

“But we eventually did. I got to know him as a bloke a bit more. It was good to play that game.

“There’s no bad blood there. We’re both happy with how we’re trying to move on.”

Brayshaw said he only lost about half a kilogram after suffering the broken jaw, and he held no fears about getting back into contact work.

“I’ve definitely moved on. The last month I haven’t thought about it one bit,” Brayshaw said.

“I haven’t had any check-ups for a while; I haven’t had any pain in my mouth or my jaw.

“I’ve got a meeting with my dentist in December, and we have to keep testing those [five teeth].

“They’re still in there and they’re in the right spot, but it’s just whether the nerves hold on.

“Given that I’m pretty young, the dentist is more hopeful than he would usually be that they [the nerves] might come back.”

Brayshaw said he would treat Gaff like a normal opponent when the pair locked horns in the 2019 round-four western derby.

Meanwhile, Brayshaw said he was devastated to learn former housemate Lachie Neale had decided to join Brisbane.

Connor Blakely and Brayshaw are among the candidates to fill the void left by Neale.


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