I actually see a very personal reason for Trev to not want to go to Melb. Obviously, I have no way of knowing how Trev feels about anything. And I am not just trying to make excuses for my fave coach, he is definitely not that! I honestly don't like his "behaviour" when court-side.
However, Mrs G, as we all know, suffers from a serious illness. Could it be that Trev takes this covid seriously and may not want to expose any of his team to the possibility of catching it?
Financially, commercially, pleasing-the-fans, all very important, BUT, paramount?
WE want them to play it out. But what's our stake in this. We get to scream and holler if we win, cry if we don't. That's about the extent of our investment in this.
They have to decide if it's worth the bragging rights (and that's highly unlikely, anyway), or worth giving the fans a quickie thrill, or satisfying sponsors obligations. All of them important reasons, NOT paramount!
No, I am not saying "don't play it out". Just that there are, as usual, 3 sides to every story.