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TRAINING: Monday 11th November 2019


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If anyone is heading down to training today we'd love to hear a report.

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Upcoming AFL training sessions

Date: Monday 11 November
Start time: 10.30am
Location: Gosch's Paddock

Pre-season training will resume in early November 2019

*Please note: Training times and locations are subject to change at late notice. Please check this page on the morning of each session to confirm the time and date.

Players may be available to sign any items at the conclusion of their training session. Signing will be dependent on individual training schedules and not all players may be available.

Getting to Gosch's Paddock

Public transport
Gosch's Paddock is located a short walk from Richmond train station. Jolimont station is also located a 10 minute walk away.

Tram route 70 also stops near the ground at AAMI Park (stop 7D). Tram route 48 and 75 are also located in the vicinity near Jolimont Station.

Bus 246 (Latrobe Uni - Elsternwick Station) travels down Punt Road, stops at the corner of Olympic Blvd. From here patrons can walk to Gosch's Paddock.

Read more about public transport here.

Parking info
Non-event car parking is available opposite AAMI Park at the National Tennis Centre. See more info here.

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1 minute ago, Nelo said:

Not sure Lever will ever beef up.  

Hope you are wrong.  He looked pretty skinny in the legs, arms and upper body.  That may help him run but he looks more like a 2-3 year player than a 5/6 year player.

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23 minutes ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

Hope you are wrong.  He looked pretty skinny in the legs, arms and upper body.  That may help him run but he looks more like a 2-3 year player than a 5/6 year player.

I do too. He has some of the skinniest legs I’ve seen on an AFL player. 

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Another really good session

For his admirers Joel Smith joined in some of the ball movement drills

Hibberd in attendance, another one with a completely different body shape, looks super fit

Viney, Gawn, Harmes there was well

Weid, Hannan and Baker just light work

Nietschke doesn't look too far off, so another new player, doing laps at full pace

Petracca and Salem there, Trac was probably the stand out during the ball movement drills, Salem was his usual immaculate foot skills

Another one who is looking good early on is Spargo, stronger and faster, did some really good ball distribution by foot

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7 minutes ago, DeeSpencer said:

Turned up at 10:45, 15 minutes after the advertised start time.

Training finished after a minutes silence at 11.

My report: it was sunny. 

Yes me too! This the second time I have attended at the advertised time 10.30 for them to finish up at 11.00. They are starting at 9.30 or earlier why advertise the wrong time repeatedly? 

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The squad was already out on the paddock when I arrived. There were 24 players, 5 coaches and numerous support staff.

No Steven May, Nathan Jones, Jake Lever, Angus Brayshaw, Kade Kolodjasni, Jake Melksham, Aaron Vandengerg, Jayden Hunt, Alex Neal-Bullen, Harrison Petty, Ed Langdon, Adam Tomlinson or Harley Bennell.

There was a also good number of administration people there.

Noticed that Joel Smith and Tom McDonald are on a different program to the rest of the squad by doing some work in rehab.

The simulations were going strongly and there were obvious changes in their methods. They were run by Troy Chaplin. The types I saw were, a group of midfielders moving the ball quickly by hand and then clearing to leading players on a call from the coaches. Then, two separated teams, one in the centre and the other in the forward area. The ball is given to the forward team. A fast spread and finding players to pick up entailed. They had to run very hard with plenty of communication to get to position, force a contest, fill space, create a turnover, hit players on leads and make overlaps. All ball movement was by foot.

Joel Smith and Tom McDonald both participated in the contact simulations and played well. Thought Kade Chandler, Christian Pettraca and Oscar Mcdonald stood out with skills. Toby Bedford laid good tackles. Michael Hibberd reading the play and getting to many intercepts. Max Gawn leading well always giving an option. Jack Viney playing smart football.

If second week in is much to go by, we are looking good. The training is well organised and they are pushing them.

They then we're put through the running programs. Half doing fartlek and the others 80 meter sprints.

Two coaches Troy Chaplin and Mick Stinnear were also running laps.

I don't think Bernie Vince is with us this year. Perhaps Jordan Lewis has taken over his role.

At the end, the squad had a moment of silence in a circle and in the middle for remembrance.

After, Braydon Preuss did some leading and goal kicking practice. James Harmes and Jack Viney goal kicking at the other end of the field. Christian Salem, Marty Hore and James Jordan finished with some tackling practice.

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Got there around 10am, it was beautiful weather out on the track. The ground surface was looking immaculate!

About 26 payers in attendance today. Crossy was putting Neitschke through his paces with kicking, marking drills and then sprinting through to collect the handball receive and then kick it down the line. Later, Neitschke went on to do repeated 200 - 300 meter boundary laps at about 80% pace with about 2 - 3 mins rest between sets. He was cooked by then end of it...

The main group were doing defensive drills ran by Chaplin. It was a 6 on 6 system where the players would try and move the ball out of defence by kicking laterally or along the boundary. Petracca intercepted the ball about three times so he was definitely switched on and moving like a cat. 

Players then switched into their runners and half did interval training around the boundary marked with cones. They would sprint 50 meters, jog 40 and walk 10 and repeat for about 10 minutes continuously. The other half would do 100 meter sprints with 30 seconds rest. 

They finished up around 11am and Preuss stayed back to do extra goal kicking and forward craft with Max Rooke. Preussy has lost considerable weight in the upper body and looking really fit. Salem, Hore and Jordon also stayed back and did a bit of ground ball touch skills.

Special mentions go out to Hibberd and Sparrow who both looking in ripping condition. I think Sparrow may have grown a bit as i saw him running laps with Joel Smith who is 188 cms and Sparrow was just a touch smaller. 

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31 minutes ago, Earl Hood said:

Yes me too! This the second time I have attended at the advertised time 10.30 for them to finish up at 11.00. They are starting at 9.30 or earlier why advertise the wrong time repeatedly? 

As far as I'm concerned either don't advertise that there's a training on or do it at the right time. I know the club has much bigger things to worry about but it's a multi-million dollar business with a truckload of employees, one of them can update the website.

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10 minutes ago, DeeSpencer said:

As far as I'm concerned either don't advertise that there's a training on or do it at the right time. I know the club has much bigger things to worry about but it's a multi-million dollar business with a truckload of employees, one of them can update the website.

Get there early, you can get an egg and bacon sanger and a large coffee for $10 at Richmond station

Believe the Wednesday session will start at 4.30am or thereabouts, night vision goggles optional😀😁😂😃

Agree with KM, Hibberd in ripping nick, got the rig out at the end, never seen him do that before

Gawn on the other hand

Had a chat to Salem about the EPL and his visit with Trac to the elite sports facilities to train, said they both benefited 

It was Mick Stinnear running with Chaplin

Nev was out even earlier

Bradtke was gyming, if that's a word

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13 minutes ago, tappysquads said:

Are any of the bottom tier players a chance to have an impact this year? Know very little about them

Chandler, Jordan, Sparrow, Neitschke, Bedford?

I think Sparrow is the most likely.  

There will be a lot of pressure for the positions  given our recruitment of ready to go players.

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12 minutes ago, tappysquads said:

Are any of the bottom tier players a chance to have an impact this year? Know very little about them

Chandler, Jordan, Sparrow, Neitschke, Bedford?

I only saw the running at the end but 4 of 5 are clearly in full training. Sparrow is an impressive physical specimen and was solid in the repeat sprints. You'd have to think he'll be in contention as a contest to contest half forward and some midfield rotations.

I actually think Bedford is a little miscast as a small forward, I liked his work around clearances a junior and he's another who looked to be handling the running. Still skinny but doesn't look out of place out there. Same goes for Chandler.

I was trying to think of players who have bulked up from year 1 to 2 as much as Jordon. Josh Tynan was one, that didn't end well. Chip Frawley another on a positive note. Considering he's pretty much the same age as a lot of the guys about to be drafted it's interesting to see the physical development. In the season review stuff they said they saw his future as an inside mid and he certainly has more of that build than the skinny flanker that we drafted.

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1 hour ago, Caligula's cohort said:

Got there around 10am, it was beautiful weather out on the track. The ground surface was looking immaculate!

About 26 payers in attendance today. Crossy was putting Neitschke through his paces with kicking, marking drills and then sprinting through to collect the handball receive and then kick it down the line. Later, Neitschke went on to do repeated 200 - 300 meter boundary laps at about 80% pace with about 2 - 3 mins rest between sets. He was cooked by then end of it...

The main group were doing defensive drills ran by Chaplin. It was a 6 on 6 system where the players would try and move the ball out of defence by kicking laterally or along the boundary. Petracca intercepted the ball about three times so he was definitely switched on and moving like a cat. 

Players then switched into their runners and half did interval training around the boundary marked with cones. They would sprint 50 meters, jog 40 and walk 10 and repeat for about 10 minutes continuously. The other half would do 100 meter sprints with 30 seconds rest. 

They finished up around 11am and Preuss stayed back to do extra goal kicking and forward craft with Max Rooke. Preussy has lost considerable weight in the upper body and looking really fit. Salem, Hore and Jordon also stayed back and did a bit of ground ball touch skills.

Special mentions go out to Hibberd and Sparrow who both looking in ripping condition. I think Sparrow may have grown a bit as i saw him running laps with Joel Smith who is 188 cms and Sparrow was just a touch smaller. 

I thought Max Rooke had moved on. Am I mistaken? 

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2 hours ago, kev martin said:

I think Sparrow is the most likely.  

There will be a lot of pressure for the positions  given our recruitment of ready to go players.

I am a fan of Jordon. I think he improved tremendously over 2019.

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