Training today in warm to hot conditions with no breeze at all.
Mutch, Houlihan, Zerk, Gown, Ham, Dlarke, Mynott, and McNiece were already training when I got there around 9.30. Mo22ie did some work boxing and then went out to do some runs on the second oval.
As I haven’t for some reason seen Ham too much this preseason it was a good chance to see more of him, and I agree with others that he definitly looks like he has a lot to work with. I can’t see too many problems with his game accept the obvious that he has a very light frame at the moment but has a lot of assets with pace, endurance, good hands and disposal by foot and hand.
Dlarke and Mynott seem to have developed a great friendship and healthy rivalry, they are always chirping at each other and trying to out do the other. This has also been a trait across the whole group to an extent this pre season.
They finished just before 11 when 23 players came out for the captains run, who I would presume are the players playing tomorrow.
McGrath, Parish, Langford, Daniher, Merrett, Shiel, Francis, Zakka, Baguley, Ridley, Laverde, Begley, Stewart, Brown, Ambrose, Guelfi, Hartley, Draper, Saad, Tippa, Smack and Jok
Smith and Hurley were also with them but were wearing runners and didn’t do any of the drills.
I take this to mean we will get to see Draper, Begley and Jok tomorrow, a great effort from Begley in particular.
The main session started in an unusual fashion with what looked like the players lying on their backs for a while doing either a meditation or visualisation session of about 5 minutes.
Afterwards it was just light drills before finishing with goalkicking.
I have though that Jok’s field kicking has been quite good from what I have seen this preseason, but I had a good look at his goalkicking and frankly it was terrible. I didn’t see him kick one (all from tight angles) and most missed by a considerable margin. The main problem was his ball drop which was all over the place, definitely something to work on.