Train­ing ses­sion looks ‘out­side the square’

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By JOHN RYAN

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

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