Headed along to training for approx 1 hour this morning. Windy conditions again, so skills we slightly affected by the conditions.
Boys looked very much up and about as matches are starting this week.
Absent - Redman
Modified Group - Belly, Hooker. Francis, Draper and Stanton
Belly continues to increase workload with straight line running.
Hooker a bit the same, slowly running laps around oval 2 with a few same agility drill thrown in.
Stanton - a few agility drills and then inside (load management I’d say)
Francis - great news, no moon boot! He was on the 2nd oval doing some slow pace run throughs. Shouldn’t be far away from being back in training.
Draper - some agility and kicking drills, very slow build up
Boys warmed up with some light kicking and keepings off handball drills.
Eventually got into some structured match pay with the emphasis on breaking out of stoppages, quick ball movement and keeping the ball off the opposition. Boys seem more critical on themselves compared to the start of Jan, a lot swearing at themselves if they missed a target etc. This is what I mean by them being up and about and knowing matches are about to start.
The black team was again loaded with the experienced guys and they were predominately the better team.
Hurley, Hartley and Daniher completed the full session.
Stewart played on Ridley and took some nice marks (he def is better if his not playing on the best defender eg Hurley, therefore suited to a 3rd tall fwd)
Hartely played on Joe, with Joe taking the chocolates.
Brown played fwd matched up on Ambrose - broke even.
Smack and Burger against each other in the ruck.
Happy to answer questions on players but generally if I haven’t mentioned them they are tracking as they have been all pre-season.