St Kilda team heads to ‘home away from home’ for training
In December, Queenstown will become the training base for a Melbourne AFL team, who hope the gruelling training backdrop will give them an edge over the competition and win over some New Zealand fans.
The St Kilda Saints are set to hold their high performance training camp in the resort from December 3.
Saints players will visit Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch in separate groups for three days before the squad will meet in Queenstown to complete the training camp.
St Kilda chief executive Matt Finnis said it was exciting for the team to step away from their usual training environment and work together in an outstanding location not too far from home.
‘‘New Zealand is a stunning country and Queenstown epitomises this,’’ Finnis said.
‘‘While the high performance camp will be a demanding and difficult camp in many ways, the scenery is amazing and the activities planned will definitely be a step away from standard preseason training.
‘‘By developing the Australian game in New Zealand, we are committed to being New Zealand’s team, and this has only been further proven by the decision to hold our high performance training camp at our home away from home,’’ he said.
What a win: St Kilda Saints player Lenny Hayess is chaired from the ground after the round 23 Australian Football League match between the Adelaide Crows in Adelaide in August.