Training Report - Thursday 2019-01-10


Kokkinakis wins 64 76


In the 5th?


Is that the news?


Best of 3 in the qualifiers


Until i do a report, yes


‘Special K’


Kokkinakis banged your gf




Thats not on Nackers.

Give us the news or prepare to be castrated.


Marge, get my gun…





Nackers looking to get his Kokkinakos ripped off


Dev wont be there i dont think, was still in bali last night as it was his last day there


Qualifiers are 3 sets max anyway im pretty sure.


Thought it was Dylan S that was in bali?


Ok, so it was a short fairly casual session today and the skills were also quite sloppy with a number of missed kicks, marks and fumbles. I think they were just blowing off the cobwebs after Christmas, I imagine it will be a full scale intense session tomorrow.

I saw everyone in the team in full training gear except Joe, he may have been in the hanger and didn’t come out but I didn’t see him.

There wasn’t a modified group on the second oval as normal, instead they were doing drills inside the hanger before coming out onto the sidelines and there was quite a large group of them.

Some news on individual players:

  • Fantasia is out of the hand splint, he just had the 2 last fingers on his left hand taped together and was making and handling the ball as normal.
  • Parish, Smack, McNiece and Smith were all back in full training with the main group.
  • Bellchambers was wearing a blue vest and again wasn’t fully participating.
  • Redman was out if his moon boot and in normal training gear doing drills in the hanger. I expect he will be in either the modied or full training tomorrow.
  • Begley and Gleeson were only in the hanger but are both looking good. Begley spent quite some time doing agility and ball work with Luke Ball (its the first time I’ve noticed Ball at training). He must be very close to a return to the main group.
  • Mossie, Ham and Gown all look a bit more comfortable and composed.
  • Jok had quite a few fumbles as did others but his stood out to me probably as I watch him more.


Smith and Shiel were both training


THANKS @nackers !!!


Sick Daniher misses training as Fantasia lights it up

Ben Guthrie Jan 10, 2019 1:48PM

ESSENDON spearhead Joe Daniher was absent from the track on Thursday, but missed the session due to contracting conjunctivitis and not because of the troublesome groin injury that has hampered his last nine months.

In positive news, Orazio Fantasia has rejoined the main group after a finger injury suffered prior to the Christmas break and completed all of the drills as the players returned to training at the True Value Solar Centre.

However, midfielder David Zaharakis was among the players restricted to light duties during the one-and-a-half-hour session.

It is understood Daniher will also miss Friday’s session at Tullamarine as the Bombers take a cautious approach with his health.

Before Christmas, coach John Worsfold cast doubt over whether the star forward would be ready to play in round one due to his problematic groin complaint.

“Joey’s working really hard. That OP (osteitis pubis) injury can be a chronic, crippling injury so our No.1 priority is that it doesn’t linger and affect multiple seasons for Joey,” Worsfold said at Essendon’s annual general meeting in December.

“He’s still coming into his prime years, so if the sake of him absolutely getting over this injury means it actually takes a little bit longer than him being absolutely ready for round one then we’ll do that.”

Fantasia had his left hand strapped prior to training but then got stuck straight into the drills, which started with a warm-up game of keepings off with a frisbee and a tennis ball.

The speedy forward underlined his class with his ball use in one particular drill where the objective was to hit targets with a coach guarding the mark and trying to put pressure on the kick.

Marquee recruit Dylan Shiel moved with his typical smoothness in another ball movement drill, teaming up well with skipper Dyson Heppell as the players worked on getting numbers to the fall of the ball and spreading from the contest.

The aim of that particular drill was to gather a groundball cleanly punched down by ruckman Tom Bellchambers , returning from shoulder surgery, and share the ball around to move it forward.

Initially the drill was not functioning the way it should, so Heppell stepped in, stopped it and brought the players together to discuss and explain where they should be setting up after the ball had been moved away from the contest.

It was an impressive showing of leadership from Heppell, who was particularly vocal as the players were put through their paces.

Exciting draftee Irving Mosquito demonstrated his quickness; Jayden Laverde looked in prime condition and Kobe Mutch set the standard in terms of his intensity and attack on the footy during the session.

Josh Begley (knee), Mason Redman (ankle), Mitch Brown , Jake Long , David Myers and Jordan Ridley were among the players on modified duties.

Martin Gleeson , who is still recovering from the broken leg he suffered in last year’s JLT Community Series, was not spotted on the track.