Training this morning in sunny conditions with a strong wind from the north.
This is the first session for the week so far, there will probably also be a light captains runs tomorrow in the lead up to the game.
Quite a few players today either didn’t train or had short sessions:
Bellchambers started in a small modified group with Hurley, Gown and Jones doing some handball in front of the Hanger.
Bellchambers didn’t complete any more of the session, Hurley was in a modified group for the first half of the session before joining the main group for the last half.
Gown then just walked a couple of laps of the oval with Fantasia, which was all either of them did. I had a brief chat with Fanta as he walked passed, he said he would be fine for Friday just getting additional rest.
Francis looked very sore and appeared to be doing a fitness test, he must be in some doubt for Friday’s game.
We think we sighted Redman early but if so he wasn’t out there for long and didn’t do at least the last 3/4 of the session.
Mutch joined in full training with his wrist brace on.
Cutler didn’t come out at all, McQuillan did some work inside but didn’t come out onto the track, while Mcbride completed the whole session.
Heppell and Hird again did some ballwork on the sidelines in their moonboots, and Ambrose was there as well with a moonboot and crutches.
Jones and Johnson just did running on the second oval and were the only ones in a modified group.
In good news McKenna completed the whole session and looked sharp, I would think he will be selected.
Hibberd looks set to debut this week, the whole group was brought together followed by a huge cheer with most players then coming up to congratulate him. There was no similar recognition for Phillips, so either he isn’t playing or the decision hadn’t been made yet.
The session again alternated between working in 5 separate groups and coming together to practice full field plays. In the groups Draper was doing everything and looking good, Daniher did everything except some tackling drills, but also was moving very well. At one stage he kicked a low bouncing goal from inside the centre circle, aided by a strong wind.
In the full group drills a lot of it was around player positioning, with it being repeatedly stopped and Rutten then explaining where he wanted players to be and run to. There did seem to be some attempt to move the ball on quicker at times, but there was also a lot of stop start with short kicks to leads.
As the full group session is still non contact it looks very hard for the players to practice much in terms of skills as they have to repeatedly pull out to avoid a tackle or marking contest, resulting in it looking quite sloppy overall.