Hot AFL prospects get to­gether at train­ing camp

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SPORTS - PAUL TAY­LOR

IN THE words of Glenn Frey from the Ea­gles, the Heat is on.

The North­ern Heat rep­re­sen­ta­tive AFL pro­gram, com­pris­ing the best un­der 17 play­ers from the North Coast, North West and North­ern Rivers re­gions, made a re­turn on Sun­day af­ter sev­eral years in hia­tus.

The pro­gram ex­ists to ex­tend the rep­re­sen­ta­tive path­way for play­ers and give them a fur­ther av­enue to build their game ahead of mak­ing the full­time tran­si­tion into se­nior footy.

North­ern Heat coach Matt An­der­son said the ef­fort at the first out­ing was very im­pres­sive.

“We know from data out of Na­tional Cham­pi­onships that in­di­vid­ual play­ers av­er­age around four min­utes in pos­ses­sion of the ball across an 80minute match,” An­der­son said.

“The rest of the time they have to be able to run, shep­herd, tackle, com­mu­ni­cate, and sup­port their team mates so our ses­sion fo­cused on what needs to be done when we don’t have the ball.

“With fan­tas­tic sup­port from SCU Sport Science staff we were able to use GPS units to mea­sure the boys’ ef­forts which showed that across our ses­sion the play­ers ran up to eight kilo­me­tres at a max­i­mum speed of 34 kilo­me­tres an hour.

“This is com­pa­ra­ble to the ef­forts of play­ers at Na­tional Cham­pi­onships and high­lights the fact that our play­ers have the ca­pac­ity to go fur­ther in our game.”

The next ses­sion for the play­ers is in Ar­mi­dale on Novem­ber 24 with a for­mer strength and con­di­tion­ing coach at the Syd­ney Swans be­fore a match against the Gold Coast.

COACH­ING CAMP:The North­ern Heat Un­der 17s had a train­ing camp in Coffs Har­bour at the week­end.

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