Training in warm conditions at Tullamarine
I’ll start with the biggest news first. It was reported to me McGrath was seen waiting in the lobby with his parents. I have no confirmation and can’t take it any further than that but perhaps he is going to be the number one pick.
The overall atmosphere today was one of confidence and enthusiasm in the two hour session.
Absent were McKenna, McKernan, Daniher and Hooker. I would take it that the absence of the two talls doesn’t indicate an injury scare but is part of their programme. La Verde appeared very briefly and did a few handballs with Morgan who was receiving some specialised coaching then disappeared.
Green appeared late in the session and ran laps with a trainer a white cap protecting the red thatch from the sun.
One positive that impressed me today was Skippy taking the tall forwards on the small (Watson?) oval.
The forwards, Francis, Stewart and Richards practised leading in pairs in a confined area of about 40 sq Metres closely attended by defenders Hartley, Ambrose and Jamar. Both parties performed well and the tall support for the absent Hooker and Daniher looks promising. Francis was highly involved and marked well and Stewart and Richards both performed well under excellent pressure from the defenders. Houli Dooley who was watching with me reports that Jamar ironed out Hartley knocking the breath from his body then apologised about three times.
On the negative side in a skills session involving 25 metre passes under little pressure the number executed without a fail were 1, 9, 4, 1 and 4 which is appalling and would lead to multiple turnovers. It seems to me that misses really need consequences for the players to improve. Someone suggested push-ups but I think each group should be made to continue until they get at least ten in a row rather than just moving on to the next rotational drill. I can remember Bomber keeping players out there until they performed to his satisfaction. What do you think?
Nevertheless it was good session and based on what I saw today expect big things from Colyer - he is burning up the track.