Hot AFL prospects get together at training camp
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.