Hey all just interested in what others do in the way of a pre-match routine. (sorry if it's not the place for the thread) Playing a practice match this weekend... 1st game in pretty much 3 years.. Its had me thinking about what I need to do for Saturday. Funnily enough I have found myself just slipping straight back into my old thought pattern/planning. My routine generally is like this: - Have a shave on the Thursday night.. I remember years ago my old man or someone told me to have a sharp stubble for footy so if you tackle someone you scratch them a bit!! And I just have done it for years since!! - I generally will shave my ankles for strapping Thursday night or Friday.. Another habit is I always strap both early in the season when the grounds are harder - pack my bag the night before - morning of the game check my bag as i'm getting dressed - generally check it AGAIN before I leave. - I like to be early so normally get to the ground 10-15 mins at least before I am supposed to be there. - Getting ready I'm pretty basic, ankles strapped when I can get it done, generally just as I have my shorts on, jumper on and have a bit of a stretch and touch the footy in the rooms. My old club had u18s so at 3/4 of their game would go out onto the ground for a kick, get a feel for the wind, if I had the right boots etc - then into the proper warm up in the rooms, rev up from the coach and go!! I'm pretty anal with checking my gear over and over.. Nothing worse than forgetting a towel or spare socks or jocks!! I also am big for knowing I have to leave home by a certain time... And sitting in the lounge with all my gear checking my watch every 5 mins till its go time!!