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TRAINING: Friday 15th January 2021


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22 hours ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

Trekked to Casey this morning.  Arrived at 9.15 and players were already working on the field.  When the rain came at 10.00 it was my cue to leave.  So I was there for about 45 minutes.

The view from outside the cyclone fence was very good but it was hard to make out what was happening on the other side of the oval – its quite a flat outer. 

It was my first ever training session so wasn’t sure what to look for or look at.  It was hard to make out some players especially the newer ones or those that hadn’t played many games.  So I had to work from their numbers (when they weren’t wearing coloured tops).  So missed a lot of the detail of what was happening.

Observations:

  • ·         When I arrived there were some ball movement drills happening on the flanks of the ground with the ball starting fwd of the wing.
  • ·         It took quite a while to work our who wasn’t there.  The only ones I didn’t see were Aaron VandenBerg and Marty Hore (that is not to say they weren’t there).  So a fairly fit list especially of our top 30 players.
  • ·         Rehab group was Brayshaw, Hibberd and Petty.  Its great to see it so small.  I notice there is an injury report from Burgess on their status.
  • ·         Oliver seems to have recovered from shoulder surgery.  I didn’t notice shoulder strapping but that could be because there was no tackling/contact work.  (Not sure if contact training is allowed by the AFL in these covid times).
  • ·         Ball movement seemed slow and sloppy at times but it is early in the pre-season and there would be a few cobwebs to blow out.
  • ·         They changed tops often:  pink, while, and I think yellow.   Couldn’t make out what each meant.
  • ·         After a huddle there was ball movement training starting in the middle – it looked like transition work but not possible to draw any conclusion on what was happening or how it might look like in 2021.  I saw Rosman and Rivers have a go in the middle then fwd and Bowey was fwd (but I wouldn’t take that as indication of when or where they might play).
  • ·         TMac looked fantastic, moved well and was with the defenders.
  • ·         I noticed B Brown at the end of my 45 minutes so not sure if he was out there the whole time.  Was wearing knee strapping.
  • ·         At one stage Fritsch did some goal-kicking practice from about 40 m out.
  • ·         It was good to see Nietschke and Jordan training after missing two years with injuries. 
  • ·         No-one stood out for good or bad reasons as I wasn't there long enough. The person I noticed the most was Rivers.  Really like him. 
  • ·         The music was fairly loud so couldn’t tell much from player voices but I didn’t notice a lot of animation which is not to suggest that is a bad thing.
  • ·         I completely forgot to look specifically for Goodwin, Yze or Williams.  But then I didn’t expect the rain to arrive so early.  At least two of them were in the middle most of the time directing proceedings.
  • ·         Overall it felt low key but that could be because I have no idea what to expect from a training session.

Well, that’s it folks.  Will try to get to training again soon.

As an aside training is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but it seems the club publishes pics only for Monday sessions.  Not sure if that is due to cost savings.

So basically you’re not sure who did what, what colour they wore or the point of the exercise or if the coaches were even there ?

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8 hours ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

I forgot to thank @george_on_the_outerfor prompting me to go yesterday.

To figure out which days were training days he offered to go on Thursday and suggested I go Friday.  He did go Thursday and there was no training.  And as I learnt yesterday, Friday is a training day.

I don't know where 'george' lives but I'm pretty sure it would have been quite a trek.  To make the trek is quite an effort, especially knowing there may be nothing there.   Ah, the lengths DL's go to bring reports...

Thank you 'george' for making the trek on Thursday for all of us and for prompting me to go yesterday.

 

 

As an aside, if anyone is thinking of going to Casey, avoid South Gippsland Hwy - the traffic is pretty bad.

What struck you about Rivers LH at this early juncture?

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On 1/15/2021 at 12:47 PM, Lucifer's Hero said:

with what seemed to be 'designated players' moving towards the ball carrier.

This is good. We have consistently lacked 'space finders' up forward. A forward line mobility issue could be under scrutiny ... and about time! Alternative feeders and receivers will be the next stage with back coverage in transitions. I smell Yze in this. A classic lone entity in forward craft receiving from the midfield. 

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14 hours ago, willmoy said:

What struck you about Rivers LH at this early juncture?

It was during the 10 minute drill when the ball went from the middle to the fwd line.  He made good position, had poise, time and accurate disposal.  Not a big sample but I liked what I saw.

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11 hours ago, Deemania since 56 said:

This is good. We have consistently lacked 'space finders' up forward. A forward line mobility issue could be under scrutiny ... and about time! Alternative feeders and receivers will be the next stage with back coverage in transitions. I smell Yze in this. A classic lone entity in forward craft receiving from the midfield. 

Not being to training before I couldn't tell if it was a typical drill.  Certainly our fwd play needed a lot of work in recent years.

Hopefully, a few more intrepid DL's trek to Casey and we see how different folk see things and what evolves as patterns/game plan.

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On 1/15/2021 at 12:37 PM, Lucifer's Hero said:

Trekked to Casey this morning.  

Not my work, but adding just a little more info from this session that was posted on FB:

Just to add to that report the group had a big session on Wednesday. Friday Match Sim was with the rain and was moving at a fast pace and tackling was happening. Williams takes the younger players at times during a match sim and is taking them through other drills. This does vary as they also get match sim practice as well. There are various drills they are doing which entail using the whole perimeter of the ground such as kicking to advantage and so forth. From what I saw, they are moving faster than the training I saw in 2019. Ben Brown was out there the whole time as well. All the coaches were out there including J. Lewis and Burgo was out there most of the time.

I believe Jordan is around until his commitments with Fox Footy ramp up as per last year. There are always plenty of the coaches out there and they all have plenty of activity going on and planned. I have noted that Williams takes a lot of the younger guys and carries out various drills with them. That was part of his job description and he always appears enthusiastic and on his toes so to speak.

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On 1/15/2021 at 8:33 PM, Cards13 said:

Especially considering that [censored] is an anti-Vaxxer and ran a ridiculous tennis tournament that he, his missus and his mates all picked up covid from...$$$$$$

Too bloody right. I wouldn't have let the [censored] in. 

How likely is it that someone who has down played the severity of the virus  with his view of vaccinations and seemingly very cavalier about transmission risk (by the by all of which is pretty easy when you are a spoiled rich boy) that him and sycophantic entourage will follow the quarantine requirements in Oz?

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3 hours ago, Lord Nev said:

Not my work, but adding just a little more info from this session that was posted on FB:

Just to add to that report the group had a big session on Wednesday. Friday Match Sim was with the rain and was moving at a fast pace and tackling was happening. Williams takes the younger players at times during a match sim and is taking them through other drills. This does vary as they also get match sim practice as well. There are various drills they are doing which entail using the whole perimeter of the ground such as kicking to advantage and so forth. From what I saw, they are moving faster than the training I saw in 2019. Ben Brown was out there the whole time as well. All the coaches were out there including J. Lewis and Burgo was out there most of the time.

I believe Jordan is around until his commitments with Fox Footy ramp up as per last year. There are always plenty of the coaches out there and they all have plenty of activity going on and planned. I have noted that Williams takes a lot of the younger guys and carries out various drills with them. That was part of his job description and he always appears enthusiastic and on his toes so to speak.

Thanks.  It is good to know what happened after I left. 

That is a very hardy track watcher to stay when the torrential rain arrived.

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2 hours ago, old dee said:

It did have a smile face on it . Oh well you cannot win them all. 

OLD DEE, We discussed everything about CO-Vid, all the players and how we will go this year.

That Glenferrie was a great day. But you are right we cannot win them all. "Even if it was  Demons Training Run."

See what happens when you are out of the Demonland for 2 years. I don't know too many.

 

"I just read my fav. Players from 2 years nothing to change"

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On 1/17/2021 at 12:06 PM, Lord Nev said:

Not my work, but adding just a little more info from this session that was posted on FB:

Just to add to that report the group had a big session on Wednesday. Friday Match Sim was with the rain and was moving at a fast pace and tackling was happening. Williams takes the younger players at times during a match sim and is taking them through other drills. This does vary as they also get match sim practice as well. There are various drills they are doing which entail using the whole perimeter of the ground such as kicking to advantage and so forth. From what I saw, they are moving faster than the training I saw in 2019. Ben Brown was out there the whole time as well. All the coaches were out there including J. Lewis and Burgo was out there most of the time.

I believe Jordan is around until his commitments with Fox Footy ramp up as per last year. There are always plenty of the coaches out there and they all have plenty of activity going on and planned. I have noted that Williams takes a lot of the younger guys and carries out various drills with them. That was part of his job description and he always appears enthusiastic and on his toes so to speak.

Great that Jordan Lewis is still on board 

He wants success to happen at The MFC, 4 time Flag players are the real deal. 
he could have easily walked after his 3 years...

He didn’t

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42 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Great that Jordan Lewis is still on board 

He wants success to happen at The MFC, 4 time Flag players are the real deal. 
he could have easily walked after his 3 years...

He didn’t

I don't wish to be cynical, but I assume he's being paid to be an assistant coach. Nevertheless, I'm very glad to have him with us.

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31 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I don't wish to be cynical, but I assume he's being paid to be an assistant coach. Nevertheless, I'm very glad to have him with us.

Of course he is being paid. Why would you expect anything else. 
I wouldn’t do it for free

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On 1/15/2021 at 9:40 PM, In Harmes Way said:

I’d agree with you TPF as the quality of his intercept marking in defence was exceptional before he moved to the fwd line - however I still have nightmares about his subsequent field kicking from defence so I’m on the fence.

Just do what hawthorn did with frawley, tell him he is not to kick it under any circumstances lol

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3 hours ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Great that Jordan Lewis is still on board 

He wants success to happen at The MFC, 4 time Flag players are the real deal. 
he could have easily walked after his 3 years...

He didn’t

This was my one big take out from Lucifer’s report too (which was very good btw) - I really like the fact that Jordan Lewis is still involved with the club.

Ohh, and perhaps also that T Mac is looking the goods and is training with the backs.

Two good news stories.

 

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9 hours ago, Ron Burgundy said:

This was my one big take out from Lucifer’s report too (which was very good btw) - I really like the fact that Jordan Lewis is still involved with the club.

Ohh, and perhaps also that T Mac is looking the goods and is training with the backs.

Two good news stories.

 

If Tom can recapture some form and confidence in defence again it will almost be like we have a new recruit down there. Could allow more flexibility for Lever to play more of the floating intercept marker which is what he's suited for. I also have a soft spot for Tom so I want him to be able to find a regular place in the team whichever end of the park it may be.

The first round of pre-season matches will be very intriguing to see as there's very little for the footy media to go on with how teams will look until they're out there again.

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