St Kilda team heads to ‘home away from home’ for train­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

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.

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