Christmas, New Year’s Eve, fun, food and festivities. What a great time in the lives of many. The only thing missing for me, personally, was footy! That’s all about to change with some 45 minute running and fitness sessions down at the club Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 5. Again it is going to be the guys that manage to leave the fridge alone for at least 2 nights a week, that come the 19th of January, will be ready to get into the team focused game training.
I’m sure I’m not on my own when I say I just may be a little heavier than I was before the break so while it isn’t going to be a picnic, I can’t wait to say goodbye to my new found kilos! At this stage I’ve banned Wii fitness games at our house because the body measuring tools aren’t too flattering... breaking into a sweat ten-pin bowling at home isn’t a great sign so bring on the fitness and bring on the footies!
Although I have caught up with many of you through the break, there is one guy who I’ve visited in less than jovial circumstances. Most people wouldn’t be aware that Rhodesy has spent most of his festive season in hospital fighting through some tough days and to his credit, he is winning! Things are now looking better for the 2008 GF fullback but as a club, as team-mates and as friends I believe there are some ways we can help and I may call on some of you for your assistance.
Now back to the season ahead, while there were excellent numbers for stage 1 pre-season training there were some notable players missing. Thankfully 90% of the playing list of the past 2 seasons, have indicated their commitment but it is now time to get down to training and prepare the bodies for what we can make another successful year for the Redcliffe Tigers. Since I started playing at Redcliffe we have won 3 Senior & 2 reserve grade flags with numerous Junior premierships also. And before you start shaking your head saying “it’s too early to be talking Grand Finals” I must jump in and agree, it is far too premature to tick that box, however it is vital to prepare early in large numbers to give your club any chance at all. The combined senior coaching staff, have played/coached in around 18 successful Grand Finals and would all agree that the better the preparation is early, compounded by large training numbers, will be the only way success can become a reality.
So as most of us head back to work, what better way to step back into `real life’ than having a run with your mates, a laugh, a kick and the preparation to really hit the ground running in season 2010.