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Training - Wednesday 15th February, 2017


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4 minutes ago, Deeoldfart said:

Greatly appreciate the effort Ken!  Are you in 'hangover training' in preparation for a visit to the G late in September?

Well, he had been to see Guns n Roses the previous evening, which (in my opinion only) could be viewed as preparing for Grand Final entertainment of Meatloaf proportions.

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Stayed at training for a bit over an hour.  White and Mitch King in the rehab group with Kent and Kennedy.   And Hulett and Tim Smith were helping them out but rejoined the main group afterwards.  Kent doesn't look too far off rejoining.  I didn't tick off the full list but I believe everyone else was there and training.  Certainly Joel Smith was back in the group, Tyson was moving well.  Notably JKH was pared with Hunt in the run through session and was holding his own.  Rucks practised their craft after the running with Gawn, Spencer and Flipper under Stafford's tutelage.  I didn't watch it too closely.  For the contested activity that Ken referred to a square box was set up at either end with the squad being split in half and then in to two teams.  Essentially a game of keepings off with the focus on intercept marking and quick ball movement.  The northerly had kicked in by this juncture so there was a stiff breeze but the overall execution in terms of kicking skills was good.  Once again, JKH was prominent as was Trengove.  Oliver sublime in traffic.  One shank from Melksham in an otherwise polished display.  Lots of enthusiasm as you'd expect on the eve of the first hit out.  Pleasingly Hibberd joined in everything and looked unrestricted.  There's still some issues in terms of Petracca's kicking skills - it's a s much about keeping his decision making in check with his execution capability.  It will be interesting in terms of who makes the squad on Saturday - there's plenty to choose from.

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1 hour ago, Copuchas said:

........................................................ Notably JKH was pared with Hunt in the run through session and was holding his own.  ...................  Essentially a game of keepings off with the focus on intercept marking and quick ball movement. Once again, JKH was prominent ..................

Wow!

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Got to training at about 11am, so quite a bit late, but still watched about 50 mins of drills.  My second training in a week (before this, the last session was 20 years ago)!  Was keen to get a few points jotted down given the plenty of reading of others posts in recent years (much appreciated guys!!). Few key points:

  • Ball movement was very quick and typically hit the target, which is impressive given the strong northerly.  Boys looked relatively relaxed and were enjoying the session.  Plenty of talent on display - will be a very competitive list this year.  Lots of the top guys did well (i.e. Jones, Vince, etc), and the younger guys look fantastic (e.g. Hunt, Trac, Clarry, etc).  Coaches were very aggressive a few times - e.g. demanded that the defending team win the next ball in a half ground exercise.  The focus and intent was great to watch
  • I really think JKH and Trenners will get games this year, as both look confident, are moving really well, and skills looked solid. 
  • Had a very close look at "Weido".  At face value, I thought there was not alot of glitz or skills to get super excited about, but then the competitive 1 on 1 marking and leading commenced, and he was very effective.  Football nous impressive.
  • All the key backs, key forwards and rucks were in a group for 1 on 1 competitive marking.  Frosty is a super impressive athlete, and looked very good.  Oscar looks fit and has bulked up.  Was stunned at how much weight Pedo had lost, but he looked trim and super fit - I think he would be hard to leave out of the team.  Big Maxy and Pencil had a great tussle, with Max generally winning but Pencil doing well (although tended to drop a few marks).  Young Flippa was given a caning - noticed he lost about 6 of these competitive drills in a row, with most of his competitors marking the ball outright.  Not super surprising, but he's certainly got lots of work to do to catch the others. 
  • Jesse was looking sharp ... spitting and hissing his way around the field.  Looks mean and pumped.  His run up is, without doubt, a little smoother.  However, he missed quite a few today (wind didn't help!)
  • Young Johnstone is seriously built.  Moves quick and tackles aggressively although dropped a couple of marks he should have taken
  • Finally, noticed Brian Lake wonder over to the ground with his hat and glasses on .... maybe spying for the Bulldogs? Or perhaps missing his hawks days and wanting to hang with Lewis ... or perhaps he's on the bandwagon and needed to check out the Dees hype! :) 
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7 minutes ago, Copuchas said:

yes, Nev was fully involved with the main group and looked good

as was Brayshaw incidentally.  I see quite a bit of training and am struggling to remember having seen the whole list on the park previously and having cross checked the playing list I believe they all in fact were, with only the 4 in the rehab group (and all of them moving freely).  It's a magnificent achievement / happenstance or whatever you want to ascribe it to on the cusp of the season!

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