Training Friday 9/12/16

Training at Tullamarine in cool, overcast, windy conditions.

Baron de Coubertin promulgated the Olympic ideal “higher, faster, stronger”. Back at Etihad Justin Crowe said that the players had “come back in the best condition in his time in football.” Today’s lengthy, gruelling session seems to confirm this statement. The players are in great shape physically and mentally and attacked training with measured determination laced with outright enthusiasm. I think we have seen a step up in fitness.

The coaches fostered this with a very varied programme. As well as some Fartlek training an outdoor mini gym was set up next to the spectators with players working the ropes, the grinder, boxing and using weights and medicine balls. The new recruits in particular spent some time in this area as well as players recovering from injury including McKernan who is easing back well after his operations. A number of us were struck by the definition in Parish’s arms - no puppy fat but building biceps that will surely prove their worth in the packs.

A “British Bull Dog” type exercise involved an line of attacking players having to run 50 metres across the ground in ten seconds past a line of defending players. Sometimes the defenders were allowed the use of both arms to tackle, sometimes just one. In the latter situation defender Myers who was bypassed by Heppell used his free arm to give him a playful round arm whack to the stomach.

My favourite of the new drills was the wrestling. Players, mainly the senior midfield group, lined up in pairs facing each other with hands on the opponents’ shoulders and held that position until a whistle blew and they had to try to push their opponent backwards. Hocking lined up on Howlett and disposed of him and was then paired with Myers and I was intrigued to see who would win this contest. Heath beat David twice. I have been told that in the past McVeigh and Hocking had the best weight to strength ratio at the club…

Joe Daniher remains a bit of a mystery. At the start of the preseason training the forward line revolved around him in full training and he finished sessions with a lot of goal kicking. Over the last few weeks he has been absent from both these activities, along with Bellchambers, and has mainly done running. No need for panic at this stage but spectators are somewhat curious as to what is happening. I’m very confident it’s just minor stuff.

Meanwhile on the more technical aspects of training I am receiving some glowing reports of Williams’ coaching of the handball one player reportedly saying “I thought I knew how to handball until I met him.” In particular I believe there has been an emphasis on hand balling immediately rather than bringing the hand holding the ball up to the optimum position. If these reports are correct it is great news, particularly in the light of Footscray’s final winning use of handball.

Some discussion centred around Kyle Langford who has put in a major preseason and built up very nicely. In some ways he is a deceptive player who shows the ability to find space in the forward line and is calm and unflustered with his decision making. He seems determined not to turn the ball over and will hold the ball until options present upfield. I regard him and Redman as “quiet achievers” amongst the group. Redman is capable of doing something special as exemplified when he threw Jackson aside to take a diving mark today.

It was nice to run into Fairybread today over from Tassie. I asked him what his observations were and he said he thought Kobe Mutch was “a bit of a deer caught in the headlights” as his decision making struggled a bit to keep up with the pace of the game".Early days for Kobe so we will keep an eye on his progress. On the other hand he was impressed with Kelvinator Begley acting as a link man pointing out that when he mucked up a kick he ran into space and got the ball back straight away.

The coaches are working well together. I have already mentioned Williams, Turk is everywhere encouraging and instructing and Justin Crow struts like an intellectual stork amongst the group bringing precision and wisdom to the track. What’s Worsfold like you ask? Very quiet on the track, watching, watching and it’s his eyes that tell you what he’s thinking, he doesn’t need to yell like Bomber.

I’ll conclude by talking about our first two draft picks. We all know that there was a decision to be made between McGrath and McCluggage. Many of the top clubs favoured the latter but from what I can gather the clubs near the bottom of the ladder that had the early draft picks thought McGrath was the one. This doesn’t resolve the argument but it’s interesting.

My view on Ridley is that he can run, he can kick (number one at the draft camp) makes good decisions, and rarely fumbles. At six foot three and still growing we should be pretty comfortable with this selection. What I didn’t know but was told today is that he has the biggest wingspan at the club so maybe we have recruited a guardian angel, and a big one at that.

You’re a star JM… thankyou

Let me just get this right. Ridley has a bigger wingspan then say… Sam Draper / Leuenberger / TBC?

JM, just how much work is “The Green” (as opposed to ex-Lion Green) doing at the moment? Thoughts??

should i start to worry about Joe, or should i start to freak out about Joe?

In the marking contest drill, mckenna was giving away nothing.

Justin Crow struts like an intellectual stork amongst the group bringing precision and wisdom to the track. .

Possible that taking JD out of the forward line is to get players used to using other options? We did look for him quite a lot in 2016 due to lack of other options.

You're a star JM... thankyou

Let me just get this right. Ridley has a bigger wingspan then say… Sam Draper / Leuenberger / TBC?

This is what I was told. Must have long arms like Copping back in the eighties.

Worsfold was pretty vocal at one point actually, one of the groups during the british bulldog type drills was really quite poor in execution and taking too long to move the ball forward, worsfold got pretty vocal with them, in particular redman who was running out of steam

was quite taken aback as I have not seen him that animated before (which relative to other coaches probably isnt that animated, but its worsfold were talking about, hardly ever raises a peep)

Jobe still stands out as the leader on the training track, so if you take training as any indication for what will happen on field then IMO Jobe may go around one more season as captain

Justin Crow struts like an intellectual stork amongst the group bringing precision and wisdom to the track. .

http://i.imgur.com/4YukDx2.jpg

Needs glasses. Not looking intellectual enough.

updated image boot.

Awaiting Gerard Healy to compare Parish’s arms and claim he is taking steroids again (like he did Melksham).

updated image boot.

Excellent work.

I’ll conclude by talking about our first two draft picks. We all know that there was a decision to be made between McGrath and McCluggage. Many of the top clubs favoured the latter but from what I can gather the clubs near the bottom of the ladder that had the early draft picks thought McGrath was the one. This doesn’t resolve the argument but it’s interesting.

So what you’re saying is that the clubs who have a history of drafting badly and therefore are on the bottom of the ladder, wanted McGrath, while the clubs that draft well and are therefore higher on the ladder, wanted McCluggage?

trollface

The Langford appears to be training in the midfield group on an ongoing basis. Can you confirm this Jackie?

The Langford appears to be training in the midfield group on an ongoing basis. Can you confirm this Jackie?

A lot of the time yes.

I’ll conclude by talking about our first two draft picks. We all know that there was a decision to be made between McGrath and McCluggage. Many of the top clubs favoured the latter but from what I can gather the clubs near the bottom of the ladder that had the early draft picks thought McGrath was the one. This doesn’t resolve the argument but it’s interesting.

So what you’re saying is that the clubs who have a history of drafting badly and therefore are on the bottom of the ladder, wanted McGrath, while the clubs that draft well and are therefore higher on the ladder, wanted McCluggage?

trollface

I’ll conclude by talking about our first two draft picks. We all know that there was a decision to be made between McGrath and McCluggage. Many of the top clubs favoured the latter but from what I can gather the clubs near the bottom of the ladder that had the early draft picks thought McGrath was the one. This doesn’t resolve the argument but it’s interesting.

So what you’re saying is that the clubs who have a history of drafting badly and therefore are on the bottom of the ladder, wanted McGrath, while the clubs that draft well and are therefore higher on the ladder, wanted McCluggage?

trollface

I didn't comment on their history of drafting badly or otherwise but McGrath was favoured by the clubs with early picks which included bottom clubs.
JM, just how much work is "The Green" (as opposed to ex-Lion Green) doing at the moment? Thoughts??

He is working very hard and is on a specialised programme to gain fitness. I described his specialised forward work on Wednesday.

RIP Joe

should i start to worry about Joe, or should i start to freak out about Joe?

Read my report again for the answer.