Conditions: HOT … DAMN HOT.
Wandered along for a pre-Xmas gander this morning. Sensible sun hat - check. Factor 50 sunscreen - check.
I wont go in to too much detail as the more regular Training posters probably will but I will make a few observations.
Went along to primarily check out our new draftees in action for the first time & wasnt disappointed although my attention was primarily drawn to just 1 of them.
The main drills involved some short repeat sprint sessions, some half-ground match play involving 3 rotating teams with one team taking it in turns to do goal kicking on the Oval 2, some running only players doing laps & the ‘others’ doing cross-training bikes, ropes, boxing etc.
Those players primarily doing laps only were Goddard, Hocking, Baguley, Hams, Colyer, Bird.
I should also say that one of the things that just struck me straight away was … NO FLETCH … To me it just stuck out & didnt seem right.
Anyway … one of the first players to notice was Gach, Gack or just Todd. He is a tall kid. Wouldnt describe him as ‘gangly’ but an athletic mover. He was prominent in many match-drills & often drifted forward although with not great aplomb.
Speaking of nice-moving bigs … Loonyburger was more athletic than I had believed him to be & you could tell he will bring some experience with him as a ruck option. Wouldnt be surprised to see him keep Belly out of side in 2016.
Wasnt difficult to pick Darcy Parish out. Blond hair. Lime boots. Watched him closely & no question when he has it in his hands he disposes of it really well & looks to have that innate ability to read the play well.Good mover. Smooth as silk. Lots to look forward with him. Can see why some say he will still need to develop his tank but that will come over the next few years.
The 1 who for mine sticks out as a potential star without a doubt is Aaron Francis. You can already tell that the build on this kid will see him develop into a true Key Position Player. His marking in the ‘match-drills’ was first-rate … he looked like he was picking plums off a tree. He did miskick a few times with defensive disposals but he just looks like a footballer. Not sure whether he was a bit ‘muscle-tight’ or was part of his program but he did leave the main group to do some short kick drills with a trainer then ran timed half-laps before going indoors.
Am already prepared to declare this kid will be a huge key to our future success. Genuinely made me smile to see his potential.
Others that looked like they were going well were Langford (though got a major spray from Coach for his lack of effort in one drill), Laverde looking a little leaner perhaps, Hurley, Hooker, Smack, Stanton. Big Joe was in everything & Gleeson looks as though he’s put on about 300 grams.
Captain Jobe was smiling, looking & sounding like he was having fun again enjoying his footy.
Will try & add a few pics if I can & add more as it comes to mind.
Calling it … Francis = Star.