First time I’ve had a good look at training. Nice to see a few familiar faces.
Nice weather, which makes a change. A good portion of the 1st to 5 year players were there today. Senior players included Shiel, Smith, Stringer, McGrath, Parish (mod), Francis, Cutler,
- Jones - doing some light running on grass, good sign
- Eyre - largely doing stationary ball work and laps
- Kelly - did laps, but looks fit.
- Parish - not seen running, might have had an op, or just being managed
Not sighted (1-5): Draper, Ridley, Reid
Largely a fitness day today. Started with some running and light skills. Change of direction drills and some sprints.
One footy specific drill while I was there. Half ground ball movement/decision making/defending drill. It actually looked pretty good, much better decisions with the ball. We do seem to be taking the ball into the pocket and then centring the ball to a free player in front of goal, we did that quite a bit last year.
Some individuals (y’all gonna like this):
Baldwin: yeah. Yeah.
Couple of really nice pack marks. One where he came from about 30m away - barged through a couple and clunked it first go. He also appears to be a nice set shot for goal. He’s got a solid frame, and most importantly, knows how to use it. So keen to have a look at him in a game sense.
Durham and Hird (Durham particularly) look to have put on some size, which is good. Francis looks quite good, mostly training as a forward. I think most of our taller players look bigger in the arms/upper body.
Not anyone I’m concerned about yet, they all look in pretty good nick. Hope to see Walla and Draper back soon.