Training session looks ‘outside the square’
DUBBO Demons senior coach Will Bunt must have taken a few courses in sports psychology – how else would he have had a huge turn-up to training when the Mercury was well into the high 40s in the city.
More than 20 senior players were doing the hard yards on the bottom grounds near Sandy Beach on the weekend.
“We usually train at the ground but today we decided to come down here in the shade and do a bit of ball work and a bit of skill work, and then do a bit of running on the sand down here at the riverbank, and then jump in the water and have a bit of a swim and cool down, it’s nice,” Mr Bunt said, pointing out his main job was to keep them from jumping in.
“We told the blokes what we were going to do, so they knew at the end there was a bit of a reprieve and a bit of a respite from the heat.”
He said it’s important for a coach to be able to dangle a carrot in front of the players in the heat.
“You need some sort of incentive because this time last year we were only getting six to eight blokes at training for pre-season, in two nights we’ve had nearly 30 blokes already,” he said.
“We’ve done a bit of work in the off-season as far as motivation and trying to involve the players in it as much as the coaches and the committee – so everyone’s involved – and we’re all building towards the same thing and this is part of it.”
Bunt is pleased there’s plenty of tall timber in the senior squad this season, with many players in the mid 6-foot region.
“It gives us more options – when we had plenty of little blokes we had a very, very specific game plan, and we couldn’t deviate from that because we didn’t have the player size to do it,” he said.
“But this year we’ve got the option to go with that original game plan or we can get the bigger blokes to mix it up a bit. They’re all key position players so that makes it even better, we can adjust to suit ourselves and see how the game plan’s going, it makes things a lot easier.”
A few former players have returned and at least three new experienced players have moved to town and have signed up with the Dubbo club.
“We’ve got three assistant coaches this year so we’ve got a lot of variety, different ideas, different perspectives, we can do more targeted training with different coaches – it’s really good
“I think we’ve got a big year ahead of us,” he said.
Dubbo Demons senior coach Will Bunt with players at Sandy Beach, cooling off after summer training on the weekend. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS