Phase 1 complete. Whilst starting pre-season training in November isn’t new, the intensity and football-conditioning relevance of each session certainly was a significant step forward, building from the previous few years. The numbers were at times exceptional and for the many guys that put in such concerted efforts to improve their bodies for the 2010 season, the rewards can be enormous. Early on there were some customary time trials such as 3km runs and everyone’s favourite...the beep test! For the guys that were recorded on numerous occasions there was a significant improvement in their times. Tyson and Ricky were able to drop more than half a minute off their already quick times and Fitzy, Bretto, Jase and Chappy managed even more off their very competitive times. Wags and arch rival Forbesy were extremely driven in their efforts as finishing strong is becoming almost a trademark! Again I mention Cores, who’s first 3km timed run didn’t achieve the result he had wanted, however with a great training attendance record, he destroyed his time by just over 4 minutes.
Over this solid block of fitness and strengthening, there have some nights leaving the boys totally spent. Some nights we’ve been thinking maybe the kokoda trail would be good for a break. The training regime has been intense, demanding and a constant workload but to see so many guys return the next night, then the Saturday, then again the next week, you can see we’re going to take no excuses into next year!
There have been guys like Baz and Rawlo who probably weren’t too sure on how involved they were going to be, but with the manner in which they’ve been pushing themselves, they’re probably going to miss it during the Christmas break. As Thursday’s session wrapped up and the snags were ready, the mood was one of accomplishment and enjoyment. We’ve never been short of good people at our club, nor enthusiasm, but the way the boys are putting in the effort now, is making me want to play every minute next season. That would take a miracle I hear you say, well I’ve heard of techniques such as injecting the blood of a calf into the muscles and if that keeps me on the paddock then maybe....or I’ll probably just continue to put my physio’s kids through college and get my acupuncturist a new car!
As encouraging as phase 1 must be to Sippa, Taz & Browney, it would be disappointing if guys weren’t to continue some fitness work during the break. I know we’re not the Brisbane Lions, but increasing one’s own ability to perform should be anyone’s goal. The festive season will bring massive enjoyment to all, but can bring a few sneaky kilos as well, so a run here or a swim there can make all the difference. Look after yourself guys, we’re definitely building an impressive squad to date, so please give yourself the best chance of personal success in our team environment.
Merry Christmas to all players, committee, coaches, members, volunteers and patrons and have a safe break during your well earned time off.
Results of the time trials may be posted shortly so if you’re not listed......C’mon!