high intensity, tackled.
There are tests on decisionmaking, as well as having to execute tweaks to your team’s gameplan on the fly.
You’ll watch hours of training and game vision, deconstructing what you do well — as a team and individually — and what you do wrong, and why.
You have to know where every player should be in any situation, structure and time left in the game.
You’ll be expected to recover after running 18km in the morning and back up with while being gruelling weights the afternoon.
Of course, with such a heavy workload you have to look after your body, squeezing in physiotherapy and massage sessions.
If you don’t, you’ll than likely break down.
At Sydney you would always find Adam Goodes in the ice baths.
The 372-game champion would ensure his body recovered as fast as possible, knowing he would have to go back to the well that afternoon.
This will go on week after sessions in more week — and some clubs’ preseason campaigns are almost as long as the season itself.
Last season, the Brisbane Lions’ pre-season lasted from November 7 to March 24 — 138 days.
Their season was March 24 to August 20 — 149 days.
Last week, the 2018 campaigns of some clubs officially started, but don’t think for a second they had not already got under way weeks ago. TONY ARMSTRONG PLAYED 35 GAMES FOR ADELAIDE, SYDNEY AND COLLINGWOOD FROM 2010-15.