Rovers re­turn to train­ing track

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

De­niliquin Rovers Foot­ball Club re­turned to the train­ing track un­der the blis­ter­ing sun to con­tinue their pre-sea­son train­ing at Me­mo­rial Park on Tues­day evening.

Rovers se­nior coach Josh Bode said the night saw some good num­bers for the first ses­sion af­ter the Christ­mas break.

‘‘We had about 22 blokes train­ing with plenty of of other apolo­gies,’’ he said.

‘‘Our first ses­sion be­fore Christ­mas saw 40 play­ers run­ning around so I’m sure the num­bers will pick up again soon.

‘‘We didn’t have some of our key re­cruits there like Des Mor­gan, Ricki Wa­ters and Aaron Pur­cell to name a few, but they will all be there for Thurs­day’s ses­sion (last night).’’

One player whose fit­ness stood out on the track was mid­fielder Alex Hay, who is re­turn­ing to the club this sea­son and also coach­ing the Rovers thirds.

Tues­day’s ses­sion at­tracted a mix of seniors and re­serves play­ers.

‘‘It was good to see a mix of blokes want­ing to pre­pare for the sea­son,’’ Bode said.

‘‘We have started pretty early but we didn’t start as early as other clubs be­fore Christ­mas.

‘‘I don’t think we need to be at the peak of our fit­ness at round one. If there was one thing I learned in my time (coach­ing) at Jer­ilderie, it was that start­ing a lit­tle bit later can see the team peak at the right end of the sea­son. But you also don’t want to be un­pre­pared come round one.’’

Josh Bode ad­dresses his play­ers at train­ing on Tues­day night in their first run af­ter the Christ­mas break.

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