Training did eventually kick off today at about 2.45pm, warm but overcast and hardly any wind.
I was concerned not to see Baguley but he did eventually show up and had obviously been working on his tan which at this stage is a nice golden brown. Not quite the full dark bronze so he needs to lift a bit in this area. Hopefully a more concerted effort surfing right through the preseason will see him attain his previous levels.
There was a good focus on midfield clearances. One drill was conducted in a very small space with 2 teams of about 10. Kind of AFLX in your backyard. No kicking was allowed and scoring was by handpass though the goals. Gleeson was surprisingly good at this, evading tackles and brushing off players like The Langford and dumping Tippa. In fact Gleeson was really good throughout the session.
Ambrose was in beast mode today and looks bigger across the shoulders. In kicking drills out of the backline under pressure he looked to have improved his kicking. Brown on the other hand double handles the ball and as a result doesn’t get the kick away as effectively. I think dilly dallying with the ball in hand has been mentioned here before, it’s an area he could improve.
Devon Smith is a great nuggety little player who punches above his weight/height. I’ve heard mention of dodgy knees but he shows no signs in fact he went hard all session.
Some marking contests near the square were a bit of fun. Hartley was bossing it with his punch outs. The loser of the contest stayed to try again. At one stage Zerrett vs Hartley, Zerrett got easily beaten so the it was Zerrett vs some other big guy (can’t remember) and Zerrett beaten again. So then it was Zerrett vs Ambrose; a frustrated Zerrett dodged behind Ambrose then ran up his back to take the speccy over the top. Big cheers from the players and crowd in attendance.
Francis not in attendance sshhhh!
I’d only ever seen Adam Saad on the TV so it was quite the experience to see him take the ball in front of me at jogging pace then put on the afterburners. Woooah!
Stringer looks to be fitting in with the group well. He nailed a beautiful inboard pass and also a tight snap, had his kicking boots on today. I must note that whilst Hurley has rocked up with a sensible haircut, Stringer has taken the strange samurai thing to next levels of ridiculousness.
Hartley has grown his hair a bit which suits him but probably more importantly looks really fit and strong; he was moving well and seems really confident. There’s improvement left in this guy.
All in all a great afternoon at training, I wish they held it more often in the arvo.