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I'll start with a negative.... Signs similar to this ( see the bottom of the page) were featured around the outside of the ground and were concerning. I thought about wiggling under the fence to

Not sure what was going through my head this morning when I woke up with a sudden urge to drive an hour down the highway to Casey, however as a fellow track watcher today I can most definitely agree w

Thanks to Picket Fence and Back Pocket and yes I was out there as well today - been doing shopping on way home - hence slow reply. I was told it was a closed session and therefore had to stand ou

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7 minutes ago, picket fence said:

For me I remain concerned at the inability of players to hit targets mainly by foot, some of the kicks were either too short, way over heads or just sloppily executed. Although the wind did pick up the concern for me of addressing errant disposal is still a worrying sign. Point is at training your not going flat out so when real pressure comes on then skills under pressure will be found wanting. Similarly too many handballs are to players who arent really clear and therefore requires extra evasion to get clear.

 

Brilliant, thanks heaps mate!

May I ask, were any of the coaches addressing this stuff? As in, did they stop play, pull players up etc to try and fix these things? Been the same problems for so long now and it makes me wonder how they've been actually working on correcting it.

Cheers!

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Excellent report.  Well done for making the trek.

If Laurie, Rosman and Sparrow play early in the season who do you think they will replace.  Cheers.

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16 minutes ago, picket fence said:

I'll start with a negative....

Signs similar to this ( see the bottom of the page) were featured around the outside of the ground and were concerning. I thought about wiggling under the fence to get in but then had horrible visions of getting stuck and a slithera feasting on an unfortunate PF For dinner so decided against it.

Training report . I arrived around 9.30 to see that the ground was in "Pristine" condition. The players were starting warm up drills and conditions were pleasant enough with the faint edge of a breeze to allow for comfort

1 No shows Kossie, Vanderberg 

2 Modified programs Melksham, Gus, Austin Bradke Petty ( although he did feature in some of the drills)

3 Warm ups consisted of End to end 20 m apart with partner routine was to Throw ball in air spin on the bounce and kick left or right footed depending on where ball landed. Another one was to lie down flat jump to your feet and pass ball of

4 Simulated drill involved games of keepings of where pink jumpers would be running interferance and players in blue jumpers were required to create options and to hit targets with close in handball

5 Simulated drill same as above but with ability to kick to targets further up the field the obvious match stimulation was to engender being creative and then defensive depending on which color had the ball

6 Whole ground simulation with tackling included. Again Pinks, and Yellows on rotation vs Blues in creating attack from defence and again being accountable for a main in zone like situations.

Observations

For me I remain concerned at the inability of players to hit targets mainly by foot, some of the kicks were either too short, way over heads or just sloppily executed. Although the wind did pick up the concern for me of addressing errant disposal is still a worrying sign. Point is at training your not going flat out so when real pressure comes on then skills under pressure will be found wanting. Similarly too many handballs are to players who arent really clear and therefore requires extra evasion to get clear. Having said that the players appear to be very fit and in good shape.

Player observations

OF NOTE

Nathan Jones is not cooked yet was enthusiastic clean and robust,

Bailey Laurie was very prominant with pace, class and cleverness, I think he will play very early

Fraser Rosman, BELIEVE the hype, I actually thought I was watching Isaac Smith the way he moved and interceded the play with some lightning runs, he can hoof the Sherrin and can clunk a mark, Expect he will play sooner than later

I was extremely impressed with Dogga Jackson ( yes thats his nickname) he's ready to take it to another level, athletic smooth gaining confidence and his body has developed nicely

Another very impressive player was Tom Sparrow , for a big man he moved very well got involved in play and was no slouch in the skills department

Tom Mc Donald has slimed down but Im not sure his pace has improved did some nice things but got caught with the footy a few times trying to do a "Dusty" dont argue

Aaron Nietschke caught my eye a few times with some great solo efforts and displayed a willingness to be involved and with good skill set

Toby Bedford , Kade Chandler, and James Jordon all showed something. 

Thats about it as I said when at CASEY WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES!!

Cheers P.F

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Thanks for the report PF.

Anything to report on Wiz Junior?  I suspect the upcoming intra club matches will be where the gold is.

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Great report Picket however very worrying re your comments on kicking disposals. Not a good sign with only 4 weeks roughly until first competitive praccy match. We MUST get this aspect of our game better and quick.

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33 minutes ago, Lord Nev said:

May I ask, were any of the coaches addressing this stuff? As in, did they stop play, pull players up etc to try and fix these things? Been the same problems for so long now and it makes me wonder how they've been actually working on correcting it.

Cheers!

This reminds me of a time when I was in a side coached by 2 former AFL players, one of which was known for his skills.

We had the classic 'old school' challenge before calling it a night and had to collectively kick 10 goals in a row from 35-40m out.

Said coaches picked a couple of good kicks (who all missed) then proceeded to pick blokes that didn't even get a gig in the 2's.

After about 25 shots on goal, I piped up and politely asked why they were not trying to help people, rather than belittling them.

Needless to say I ran a few sharp laps after an almighty spray - still bugs me 15 years later.

 

If someone has the ability to teach skills, you have to be doing it all the time (Chocco, Yze etc) 

Even really skillful blokes lose their touch if not practicing constantly.

 

From what we keep hearing via training reports and from my ideal scenario, we might finally see a bunch of young lads squeeze some blokes out of the side. This can't come soon enough

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43 minutes ago, Lord Nev said:

Brilliant, thanks heaps mate!

May I ask, were any of the coaches addressing this stuff? As in, did they stop play, pull players up etc to try and fix these things? Been the same problems for so long now and it makes me wonder how they've been actually working on correcting it.

Cheers!

Possibly, a few stoppages were called but could not ascertain for what reasons, Also on Kobe Farmer, did a few nice things but he is small, but certainly has pace to burn, Did not look like he didn't belong. I think he was wearing number 48? I have little doubt he will be selected in upcoming draft!

One other thing nothing to do with footy, the covid testing facility at Casey Fields hardly had anyone lining up for it! Interesting!

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Thanks for the observation  p f  l am looking forward to seeing Rosman in a preseason  match  and some of the other draftees in Bowey and Laurie also of course.  Bedford, Jordan and hopefully Kobe Our future could be looking in good shape.

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No Viney, no Brown, no Pickett (in SA).

Hibberd and Vanders on the bikes.

Melky, Mitch Brown and Angus (for part of session) in rehab.

Trac and Olly off early, while Lever hurt his ankle late (but got back into session so can't be too bad).

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1 hour ago, Back pocket said:

Not sure what was going through my head this morning when I woke up with a sudden urge to drive an hour down the highway to Casey, however as a fellow track watcher today I can most definitely agree with PF's point about our sloppy kicking. Lots of mistakes throughout the whole session (Langdon with quite a few, Bedford too). Although this may be due to training at "the windiest place in Australia" as one tradie that walked past put it. Not sure how training down at Casey in the wind will impact our skills throughout the season and hopefully it may be possible to move back to Gosch's in the near future. Was hoping that their would be some more match simulation today however I believe they moved it to Wednesday because of today's weather conditions. Hopefully I don't cross over too much with PF, but I thought I'd add my two cents.

A few points to make mention of:

- Tmac was doing some 1on1 contested marking with other key position players (Weid, Petty and Tomlinson), and may be back training as a forward rather than the wing now that Brown is out. 

- Was good to see Hunt hit all of the kicks I saw him take (unlike many other players). Positive signs as this has been his downfall in recent seasons. He seems more mature and composed this year. 

- Petty training as a defender and looking very very good. Spent a little bit of time in rehab. He may be competing with Tomlinson for that last key back spot.

- It was great to see Gus out there joining in with the main group for the first couple of drills before returning back to rehab. Neita back out running is a great sight as well.

- Vanders and Hibbo weren't out on the track however I spotted them doing some work on a bike (with potentially Viney as well). Mitch Brown was doing running and kicking drills on the side as well with Melksham and Bradtke. Kozzie missed the session, although spoke to a staff member and they said there was nothing to worry about there.

- Rosman definitely catches the eye and was the draftee I noticed most. A strange kicking technique which can hopefully improve as time goes by. Laurie did some nice things too and was very clean with his hands.

- Deakyn Smith was out there training again, although without a number (Farmer already wearing 48) and looked nice. May look likely to get a list spot now that Hore is on the long term injury list. Speaking of Farmer, he did make a few basic handball errors right in front of where I was standing and looks like he has some work to do.

- Players split off into two groups at end of session to do running. First group consisted of mostly fringe players (plus Weid, Lever and Jackson) and the second consisted of mostly best 22 players (Sparrow and Petty in this group too). Was a somewhat strange mix of players. The main thing i noticed here was that Burgo included footy's and kicking skills in the first half of the running session, before doing some more straight line running without footy's at the end. A few of the younger boys Sparrow and Rivers impressed me most with their running along with Tmac who led from the front. The 5 first year players sat out of the running and spent time with Chocco.

- Didn't notice Trac in the second half of the session and saw him walking around in casual clothes at the conclusion. Hopefully nothing to worry about though!

- No snakes sighted!

Hopefully I'll get to another session soon. Enjoy.

Great report and welcome to Demonlad.

With a report like that, you can promote yourself from the back pocket to full forward.

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27 minutes ago, Deespicable said:

But there is one small forward you can mark down for Rd 1 as a cert - Paul Spargo's son Charlie. He's no longer a boy - he grew up in the off-season and now is closer in style to Robbie Gray with his lively play a highlight. He spins in and out of trouble and moves with meaning. I have been on record as saying that despite having the football smart's, he is too small, not quick enough and not a longer enough kick to make it. Well this year he may even play in our midfield. He used to run like bambi through a forest waiting to be shot by a hunter, but now he runs like a man about to fool his tackler. He will play alongside Kossie and most likely ANB in Rd 1 and will give us a fleet of crumbers that is dangerous and with the three-tall plus Fritter set up, there should be a few of those.

Agree about the improvement in kicking distance. In his first year you would wonder if he would get the distance from 30 mtres out whereas last year 45 was no problem.

Wonderful report Many thanks

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