Training report - Monday 6 December 2021

I popped down to training today as I heard there was some new facing at the club. Nackers was also present with some others, so I’ll let him provide a more detailed report as he always does. But I’ll provide my observations on the new boys

Fejo – trained with the main group for the majority of the session, didn’t look out of place and snaped a goal in a match sim drill. Has awesome skills and even though he is light he isn’t “too” light for league footy. Excited to see how he goes during summer

Davey twins – I’ll put them both here as it’s hard to tell them apart, one is a right footer and the other left, the right footer seems to have a little more class. The lefty was mainly with a rehab boys doing some short drills and running. Neither did much training with the main group. Both are a good size 180cm ish. Both loved having cracks at kicking for goal from the pocket once training for them was over.

Tex – very similar to the Davey’s in size, he worked with the Davey boys and the rest of the Father sons. Has some nice moves, but I need to see him more in competitive drills to assess what he is like.

Other boys training – Josh Misiti and Alex Hird, both look stronger than this time last year.

There was another boy there that we tried to work out who is was, originally we thought it was Moore, but I think he looked like Matthew Foley from our academy boys. Again, these guys trained as a group away from the main team.

The whole squad has new pick training tops on. Dylan Clark was back #37. Baldwin trained after missing a few sessions wore #26. Lord in #28, McDonnagh in #36, Voss in #39. Kelly had no number, but I assume he will be #29?

I will add it was so great to see a group of indigenous boys again down at EFC. I think Fejo will love training with Tex and the Davey’s throughout the summer. Hopefully they create a nice bond and push each other to get the best out of themselves.


Well done ASB. Speaking of new faces, how did the draftees go?

Poor guy, this has been a very long break-up.


To be honest, I was more focused on the train on players than the new draftees (they are old news :wink: ) Hobbs and Voss are very fit and training on and off with the main group then separated to do extra running. Lord is with the rehab boys doing a running program. McDonnagh is fully with the main group and the left peg was on show.

I will say Tippa is looking better physically and energy wise. I know it’s only been a week but he is working hard to get fit again. If he can get through the x-mas break in good condition I think he will be right for the season ahead.


More Fejo news! MORE!


Fejo……I’m sensing a right foot version of Longy.
Am I dreaming?


It would be great if he could pair up with one of our hardest trainers over the break and keep the good work going.

Guy from SANFL ressies who went undrafted, similar to our most successful indigenous player ever? Nah sounds spot on


Comparison was based on….Long was a rake when he started…cut me some slack.
Like I said, am I dreaming?


If you want a comparison, like others have noted, Andy Lovett

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Training this morning in warm conditions with a blustery wind. The session started around 9:30 and went to about 11:30 which is a little bit shorter than normal.

There were a lot of new faces there today so we spent a bit of time trying to work out who was who. We ended up concluding Ronald Fejo Jr trained with the main group for the whole session. Others including the Davey twins, Alex Hird, Josh Misiti, Tex Wanganeen and possibly Nyawi Moore trained with different groups and then went off to the second oval to work on skills as a group. There may have been one or two others earlier but it was a little difficult to keep track of. Dylan Clarke also completed the whole session.

Fejo got the ball a few times in the match sims and moved well but didn’t really do anything particular to stand out from what I saw. He seems a reasonable size though, I don’t think that will be a great issue. Of course it’s only his first session so there’s plenty of time for him to gather stride and make a claim on a spot.

The modified group today consisted of Jones who seems to be running a lot better and can’t be too far away from joining the main group, Reid and Eyre. There was also an appearance by Hurley for a short while, but Laverde and Cox were on the sidelines but didn’t train again.

Francis and Stringer were back along with McBride and completed the whole session about any problems

Most of us watching commented on the intensity of the session. The amount of talk between the players was very noticeable and the attack at the contest particularly in marking contests often made us cringe with the risk of injury. Wright and Baldwin were two that often hit a pack hard. There were several occasions when they were doing a forward drill where a ball was kicked towards the group where we thought there was going to be a huge collision, but ultimately no damage was done but it was much closer to what you would expect in a normal match.

A few of the players that stood out to me today were Stewart who did a very good job both intercepting and defending. He certainly does provide something different to our other defenders with his size and strength and used it well I’m several occasions today.

McDonough trained for the whole session with the full group, I watched him closely for a while and he certainly has a beautiful kicking action, very simple and smooth. he can kick it long distances seemingly effortlessly. He also took a couple of our nice intercept marks and overall seemed to fit in quite well.

Durham was in everything again and particularly noticed how well he was reading the ball off the pack, on several occasions he got into a great position to affect really good clean clearances.

McGrath was another one who stood out n a few occasions really dodging and weaving well and was particularly noticeable at one stage where he rose above the pack to put in a huge spoil when Wright was attacking a Mark.

Hobbs got a bit of the ball in the match sim without really displaying anything particularly great to my eye but he didn’t make many mistakes either.

The session certainly got a bit willing at times with both Smith and Francis laying a couple of big tackles which I thought was going to be remonstrated against but wasn’t.

There was also quite a humorous part at one stage where Stringer had a shot for goal which went over Smith’s head, he tried to shepherd it through but it landed in the goal square and bounced back, Smith then tried to kick it out of mid air but missed, he then soccered it back to Snelling who put through a really nice snap.

Waterman was another one who stood out with a couple of nice marks and a couple of really handy goals.

Another thing that was pleasing was that even though it was a gusty and at times strong wind the general ball movement and execution of skills seem to be at a higher level than they have been in previous years which is even better considering the increased intensity today.

There were comments though about the lack of leading from the forwards when the ball was moved forward, it was more kicking it to a stationary target and with the players trying to crumb from the pack. This may well of course be more something that we’re trying to work on as a group coming rather than game plan, we will get more of an indication of this as time goes on no doubt.

And in some potentially good news a few of us commented that we thought Tippa may have already lost a little bit of the weight he was carrying, and some of his running around the boundary line doing laps he seemed to be moving at a much better pace, hopefully he can continue to improve in the coming months ahead.



Dare to dream. Remember when Tippa was an over-age half back in the VFL side, struggling to be noticed?


Thanks for the report mate!
What Position is Perkins playing so far in pre season?

Happy with that comparison as well.

If that was Foley, will be interesting if Egan and Alessio also joins training.

If it is Foley, I just hope The Undertaker doesn’t try to throw him off the Cell, again.


MY GODDD! (JR voice)

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