Got there before anyone else at around 8:30 Where the rehab started with running laps. Lever led out the rehab group he oozes leadership. He just jogged laps. Hannan left before 9:30 everyone was in attendance. Viney and Melksham left pretty early too. Most of them done kick to kick and jogging laps as well. Baker jogged laps for a while too.
Hore is only a week away from joining the main group so that's what the applause was about.
Just before 9:30 the non rehabbers showed up. They went into game simulation with 3 teams yellow, white and blue. I saw Frost turn over a ball straight to Sparrow, JKH get caught holding the ball. Spargo done a terrific tackle on Sparrow to applause and Fritsch done a terrific tackle on T.Mac. The rest was pretty good standard.
Bradtke has to hit the gym hard there is nothing of him. The big improver next year will be Nibbler was in everything and is fit and firing. Sparrow looks like he belongs didn't notice a lot about the other newbies.
The rehab group is big but as Hannan said better in rehab now so your fit and firing in round 1.
Nearly all of them should be back in the main group in the new year. Viney said he'll be back very soon and Stretch and Vanders said they will be back by January. It should only leave Lever the one to worry about after the new year.
I was a bit preoccupied by autograph hunting on my away jumper. I was a bit disappointed that a lot of the players walked the other way of the autograph hunters. Maxy and Chunk were great were a fair few others, but I missed Maynard and T.Mac because they walked the other way, I somehow missed Keilty and Petty walked away from me and never sighted Goody or Jordon when it was time for autographs.
The crowd was big due to the Barassi foundation where they spoke about the new facility at Jolimont. I saw Robbo, Greg Hutchinson (not sure why he was there) and of course the great Ron Barassi I was right near where that video of Barassi and Todd Viney's (who was also there along with Whelan who has put on the kg's) dog was waiting for autographs.