Sloane sharp­ens up in in­tr­a­club trial

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - JESPER FJELDSTAD

ADE­LAIDE vice-cap­tain Rory Sloane has proved that he’s back to full fit­ness af­ter yes­ter­day im­press­ing in an in­tr­a­club match at West Lakes.

The Crows, hav­ing played only one proper match in three weeks by the time they face Gee­long in Friday night’s pre­lim­i­nary at Ade­laide Oval, sim­u­lated match con­di­tions at their train­ing base – they also brought in SANFL um­pires – and were pleased with the re­sult.

Not only did they cre­ate a flat-out ses­sion of two halves to test play­ers such as Sloane, they also gave the play­ers the taste of play­ing full-in­ten­sity foot­ball just six days out from its crack at win­ning a grand fi­nal spot.

Ade­laide head of foot­ball Brett Burton said the ses­sion had been the log­i­cal and ideal prepa­ra­tion for the Cats, who will be headed by for­mer Crows best-and-fairest Patrick Danger­field.

The Brown­low Medal­list and for­mer Crows cham­pion kicked four goals in the Cats’ win against Syd­ney in a peach of a dis­play.

“With a bye this week­end we needed to repli­cate the in­ten­sity and move­ment (of a match) in prepa­ra­tion for our game on Friday,” Burton told the Sun­day Mail.

“Phys­i­cally and men­tally and game strat­egy-wise you try to repli­cate what you’re go­ing to get in a game.

“So we ex­posed the guys to a game.

“We’ve ob­vi­ously only had one game in three weeks, ba­si­cally and we needed to keep the guys tuned in phys­i­cally and men­tally and this was just one part of it.”

Both sides were a mix­ture of AFL and SANFL play­ers in a bid to make it an even con­test.

Burton, who pre­vi­ously worked as the club’s fit­ness coach, kept a close eye on Sloane.

He said the Crow mid­fielder looked like he was back to his best and had fully re­cov­ered from the ap­pen­dix surgery that led to him miss Ade­laide’s qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against GWS last Thurs­day night.

“He trained fully to­day and got through, no wor­ries,” Burton said. “He got through well and is look­ing for­ward to the week ahead.”

Tick­ets for Friday’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal will be avail­able for mem­bers of the com­pet­ing clubs and Ade­laide Oval mem­bers from 9am-1pm to mem­bers of the com­pet­ing clubs and for the gen­eral pub­lic from 2pm through Tick­etek. The match starts at 7.20pm. Tick­ets start at $65 for an adult on the hill or with re­stricted view­ing while adult Cat­e­gory 1 tick­ets are priced at $184 and ju­nior Cat­e­gory 1 at $55.

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