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TRAINING: Monday 12th February 2024


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Clayton Oliver was integrated back into the main training group today for the first time in 2024 after completing a 2km time trial. FriendlyFellow, a new Demonland Trackwatcher hit Gosch's Paddock on a hot and windy morning to bring you his observations of the session.

Disclaimer: Saw on the socials they were down at Gosch’s Paddock so headed down for a quick look. Little to no presence of other track watchers and no current live thread, so as a first time contributor, giving what the people need! It won’t be as expansive and comprehensive as what we’re used to… but it’s something.

Conditions: Hot and windy (no explanation needed).

Training Format: Tailored match sim; line grouping skills; running.. and lots of it.

Observations:

Tailored Match Sim:

Offense orientated simulation. Focus on transitioning the from defensive wing to forward 50. A team forwards appeared to play on the A backs, with Midfielders having cross representation of personnel.

General observations – We still bias to target kicking into the pockets. Attempted to lower the eyes on several occasions to get into the corridor, but the defensive group were strong at intercepting and pushing the rebound. Goal kicking was accurate in windy conditions.

Clayton Oliver – completed his 2km Time Trial pre-session and was fully integrated with the main group for match-sims (so yes, first session back with the group). Previously was on a modified running session program separate to the others. Had plenty of the ball in match sims. Was great to see close to the start of the season.

Josh Schache - appeared to be the A forwards, along with Bayley Fritsch and Jacob van Rooyen. Assume he’s in the starting line up whilst Harry Petty is out. Was a key target on the long kicks into the F50.

Kozzy Pickett – so active and such a livewire in the FWD line. Was the most dominant and damaging player.

Jack Billings – genuinely looks to add class synergy in D50 and F50 connection.

Jacob van Rooyen – not quite as big as May (direct opponent), but is the closest thing we have to a big bustling forward. His development this year will be so important.

Adam Tomlinson – looked very settled in the A defense team. Played a lock down defensive role on Josh Schache.

Jack Viney and Trac looked very silky in the midfield, as did Tom Sparrow. Other observations on the mids were challenging… I’m bamboozled by the detail you guys can provide on the mids at training. They all look the same to the untrained eye.

Line grouping skills:

Only observation was that Caleb Windsor and Ed Langdon were with the defenders. Perhaps Caleb Windsor is the emerging winger for Prac Games if Lachie Hunter remains out?

Running:

Various running drills, split into running groups that have been well documented on previous threads. To my surprise, Kolt was in the second group, albeit on a modified program - clearly has some speed and tank to build on in coming pre-seasons. Started to feel nauseated watching the efforts in the conditions so decided to call it a day there.  

Anticipated and frequently asked questions:

Harry Petty was not partaking in training – stuck to the side with a ball in hand.

Christian Salem was on the track and fully training in at least the match sims and line grouping skills.

Lachie Hunter & Tom Fullarton were on a modified running programs sticking to the boundary line. Fullarton was doing some larger kms so looks to be recovering well. 

Don’t have a comprehensive list of non-trainers, so would only be guessing - which I want to avoid!

That is all I have. Enjoy!

CHECK OUT THE LIVE PRESEASON TRAINING THREAD FROM TODAY WITH FURTHER COMMENTARY

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45 minutes ago, Demonland said:

Clayton Oliver was integrated back into the main training group today for the first time in 2024 after completing a 2km time trial. A new Demonland Trackwatcher hit Gosch's Paddock on a hot and windy morning to bring you his observations of the session.

Disclaimer: Saw on the socials they were down at Gosch’s Paddock so headed down for a quick look. Little to no presence of other track watchers and no current live thread, so as a first time contributor, giving what the people need! It won’t be as expansive and comprehensive as what we’re used to… but it’s something.

Conditions: Hot and windy (no explanation needed).

Training Format: Tailored match sim; line grouping skills; running.. and lots of it.

Observations:

Tailored Match Sim:

Offense orientated simulation. Focus on transitioning the from defensive wing to forward 50. A team forwards appeared to play on the A backs, with Midfielders having cross representation of personnel.

General observations – We still bias to target kicking into the pockets. Attempted to lower the eyes on several occasions to get into the corridor, but the defensive group were strong at intercepting and pushing the rebound. Goal kicking was accurate in windy conditions.

Oliver – completed his 2km Time Trial pre-session and was fully integrated with the main group for match-sims (so yes, first session back with the group). Was on a modified running session program separate to the others. Had plenty of the ball in match sims. Was great to see close to the start of the season.

Schache - appeared to be the A forwards, along with Fritsch and Van Rooyen. Assume he’s in the starting line up whilst Petty is out. Was a key target on the long kicks into the F50.

Pickett – so active and such a livewire in the FWD line. Was the most dominant and damaging player.

Billings – genuinely looks to add class synergy in D50 and F50 connection.

VanRooyen – not quite as big as May (direct opponent), but is the closest thing we have to a big bustling forward. His development this year will be so important.

Tomlinson – looked very settled in the A defense team. Played a lock down defensive role on Schache.

Viney and Trac looked very silky in the midfield, as did Sparrow. Other observations on the mids were challenging… I’m bamboozled by the detail you guys can provide on the mids at training. They all look the same to the untrained eye.

Line grouping skills:

Only observation was that Windsor and Langdon were with the defenders. Perhaps Windsor is the emerging winger for Prac Games if Hunter remains out?

Running:

Various running drills, split into running groups that have been well documented on previous threads. To my surprise, Kolt was in the second group, albeit on a modified program - clearly has some speed and tank to build on in coming pre-seasons. Started to feel nauseated watching the efforts in the conditions so decided to call it a day there.  

Anticipated and frequently asked questions:

Petty was not partaking in training – stuck to the side with a ball in hand.

Salem was on the track and fully training in at least the match sims and line grouping skills.

Hunter & Fullarton were on a modified running programs sticking to the boundary line. Fullarton was doing some larger kms so looks to be recovering well. 

Don’t have a comprehensive list of non-trainers, so would only be guessing - which I want to avoid!

That is all I have. Enjoy!

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Great report. Just a wondering if Jefferson was playing? And where did they have Disco Turner? Was he up fwd or down back?

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24 minutes ago, Doug Reemer said:

Great report. Just a wondering if Jefferson was playing? And where did they have Disco Turner? Was he up fwd or down back?

A poster last week suggested Disco Turner may miss the first half of the season through injury on the back of being in rehab last week. "Can't catch a break" was his quote about Turner.

Hope he's wrong.

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