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Same principle as the Bluemour File - this thread is for TRAINING REPORTS ONLY

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Just has a quick look and that's all one is allowed to have on clearly marked Closed Sessions.
No training report but just a couple of things that stood out, from the norm.

1. How many coaches/trainers/medical etc do we have now. I've never seen so many around the field at any one time.
2. Fisher. Nothing we don't know, but his hands are so clean and quick. Really stands out and I can hear Tim Watson already repeating it ad nauseum.
3. Kerr. His turning circle seems much tighter and quicker than I recall. Hd to look twice s I though it couldn't have been him.
4. Thomas. Running higher on his toes than I recall last year. Really had the burst going again and covered the ground very well.
5. Cuningham. What a specimen and looks to be in even better shape now than I recall him being last year, but that's not what stood out. Seemed to be genuinely loved by his team-mates when at times in previous years he just felt a little on the outer at the training sessions I saw. He seemed to enjoy the pats on the back and generally seemed a little more a part of the whole.

Like I said, there's not much meat on the bone, unfortunately.

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Hiding under the gardiner stand

I must be watching the wrong team train because the decision making and skill execution I thought was ordinary in the match simulation
Not good but it’s just my observation
Garlett looks sharp
Fasolo very solid and fit
Walsh shanked both his set shot and running shot at goal
Murphy looking leaner too
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Some notes:

- Bugg murdered CamPo and Schumaker in repeat 2 min runs at the end of training. Neither of the latter 2 look AFL fit to me
- Cuningham looked pretty good. Continues to show that exciting first two steps. Kicking was good.
- De Koning looks 2 years away to me. At least. Doesn’t have the strength yet. Phillips a long way in front of him for back up ruck.
- Dow was a little disappointing. Decision making in traffic not great. Doesn’t look AFL fit yet to me.
- Faz will play round one and most of the year. Looked the goods to me.
- Garlett was impressive. Worked hard and looked fit. Was sticking his tackles (which he didn’t do last year)
- Kerr was trialled in the backline. Not a bad idea. Looked ok there.
- Kennedy is fitter and moved a lot better than last year.
- McGovern didn’t look fit yet. Still took a screamer and showed a bit.
- McKay was extremely impressive. Looked too big and athletic as a forward and more than competent as a back up ruck
- Newman will play every game. Solid and reliable. Nice kick.
- SPs looks a lot fitter and even a tad quicker. Worked really hard. Expect a lift in output.
- Jack S did better in the runs than he has in past years. Looks a lot fitter. Not sure what role they see for him.
- stocker didn’t train much and was doing slow laps. Hard to see him playing early.
- Setters: see Stocker
- Walsh: amazing runner. Beat Ed in a few 150s. His running in the practice games was also impressive. Movement and reading of the play great. Kicking as per Gardiner stand average a couple of times and ok others. GUN
- Weiters was ok. Moved ok. Nothing stood out
- Willo is bigger than I recall. Ran well as always. Did some work on his own.

Marchy LOB Kreuzer Setters Plowman Macreadie Owies Finbar Lang Casboult Charlie Curnow all didn’t train (bar Plowman and Macreadie doing a bit of running). Stocker didn’t train much. Pickett did a knee.


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Not sure if I mentioned this-

Two absolute moments of joy today:

1. Walsh blind turned on wing, ran past multiple blokes to deliver into forward line. Just amazing.

2. Ball in the middle and goes forward. SPS sprinted from the middle to help his defenders. A huge effort. Steele Sidebottom stuff. Got the ball, got his team out of trouble. Extra numbers at the footy which we never seemed to have last year.


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Was good to go to training today - though, was a bit miffed it started quite early. I got there before the advertised time of 10 and they were in full swing already. Can't be arsed looking back in the thread to find the post again, but someone mentioned LOB didn't train - I definitely saw him out there. Bit of running, some goal kicking. Not sure about match sim. Off the top of my head the only ones I didn't see out there at all were Levi and Kreuz, not 100% sure about Charlie and Lobbe. Setterfield, Owies, Schumacher, Stocker I only noticed doing runs.

McGov and Fas looked pretty good, as did Harry. Fisher looked great. Noticed Daisy getting his calf strapped at some point but he was back out there afterwards so I assume the club isn't overly worried about it. Walsh looked pretty comfortable out there. Willo and Lebois looked a lot quicker than I remember. They played Phillips up forward a bit when TDK was in the ruck, and Kerr down back. Kerr has a very bad haircut.


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Took my daughters and got there right on time to see Pickett do his patella tendon. Awful. I did mine five years ago...the pain was unimaginable. Good luck to him. It’s a shit injury. 6 months.

My obs on training. Match simulation at 3/4 pace.

Skills average. A bit sloppy. Some good passages but not too much to get excited about. Bearing in mind it’s december. All players looked leaner and lighter.

Players that stood out:

Walsh. Believe the hype; he’s the real deal. Smart, quick, skilful, determined...need I go on?!
SPS. Looks really fit and decidedly faster.
Kennedy- see above
Harry. Looked sharp. Took a lot of marks.
Wieters looks fit and confident
McGovern is a very aggressive forward when attacking the ball in the air.
Jones. Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde.
** BenSOS. deceptively quick.

Didn’t train: Kreuzer, Charlie, Levi, setters a few others I can’t remember.

Restricted:
Plowman and Macreadie. Ran laps, 200 metre 3/4 pace sprints. Kick to kick. Both obviously on modified programs.

Extra running before, during, after training: Osiers, Polson, Schu, bugg, Williamson, lebois, Stocker.

Extra resistance running training after (dragging teammate with a band):
Jones, Phillips, dekoning, Goddard, Phillips, benSOS, Fasolo, Daisy.

Note. I asked all players re preseason compared to last few. All said hardest by far. But everyone looked rapt and said they were feeling the benefits. The words fitness guru came out quite a few times re Andrew Russell.

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Quick Report.

Not a hugely intense session. Bit of running and game simulation. Few moments of intensity but went about 70-80%. Apparently fairly let weary after big week.

More put on for crowd I reckon.

Some really smart passages of play and some December rust. A number of players didn’t train or play. We have a few niggly injuries at the moment

Stand outs

Garlett
Bugg
Kennedy
Weitering
Walsh
TDK doing ruck work

Small sample. Early days but lots to like except injuries


PS that O’Brien kid led the 200m sprints

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:'(

The Carnage Of The Jarrod Pickett Incident As It Happened.

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Pickett with ball in hand during one of the training drills while he still had two good patella tendons.

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A marking contest during match simulation with Cripps, Pickett and Kennedy all looking to be part of the contest and with eyes only for the ball.

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Cripps and Kennedy launch at the ball while Pickett fails to leave the ground and about to be crunched by two beasts.

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Daisy bursts away with the spoils from the contest while Pickett lies in a crumpled mess on the deck.

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LeBois and Garlett console Pickett while the trainer signals for medical assistance.

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Brendon Bolton comes in to inspect the carnage of another brutal training session.

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It was a long drawn-out process getting Pickett into the club chariot and he was obviously in severe discomfort.

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In the meantime Brendon Bolton watches on as Pickett is carefully placed in position for transport from the ground.

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A forlorn looking Pickett looks his coach in the eye.

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Is this the end of Jarrod Pickett??? Time will tell.

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Not going to pump up a low-key training session and will only remark on the stand-out points to me.

Nothing we don't know but CCurnow really has presence and surety about the way he goes about things.
He's timing his leaps ever so much better than he was last year already and his kicking has improved markedly on this showing alone.

McKay also looks so much more assured about his place in the team and showing this via the way he goes about his marking and kicking.
Had Walsh baffled in one instance as to what he was going to do. Good thing Walsh didn't fall over for the tricks Mckay was showing him. :)
Along with Charlie, has a real presence about him although we know he's still some time away from developing that strong core.

BSilvagni moves around like a black belt. carries himself like someone who's been at the club for 10 years. :)
Have to give it to him though, he did back things up with some smart pieces of play and some good kicking. He's a funny one to me.

Walshy, Walshy, Walshy, Walshy....Everyone loves Walshy and keep calling out his name.
Players are around him, coaches are all over him. Did look as though he may have pinged a hamstring late in the day, but after a few rubs the concern seemed to have died down.

A few of Dows kick to position after breaking tackles were A-grade.
Pin-point passes around the corner were very eye-catching. Looked to be having a great time out there.

The reason I mentioned Cuningham wasn't so much for any brilliant pieces of play but for the way he manoeuvres around players.
In tight handball drills he simply either fooled his opponent as to which direction he was heading in, or even if they guessed right, he put the burners on and he was gone. He does have a lot to do but may be one of those players that when it does eventually click, things may stay clicked.
We don't have many that can dance around players the way he can and burst out of tight spaces as though he had a canyon to work through.

Have to give it to Fasolo. Looked genuinely involved and worked well through the day.
Not going to make any wild calls, but he does seem to have blended well into the group.

Russell is very instructive and makes sure to explain his reasons for what is trying to be achieved with players.
There is no wish-washy words here. Just clear advice and quick instruction that gives time to the players for a quick nod and gets them back on their bike.

Only one interesting drill today and that was for quarter ground drills split into two parties, which made it impossible to keep an eye out on both, all of the time. It doesn't help having the extra non-Carlton players involved either, as they catch you off guard when following a drill.

Lots of players coming in and out of the session and as I said, there's not too much to read into things on todays efforts.
The good stuff won't be too far away now, but no doubt......behind closed doors.


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So this is my first training report for BigFooty. I hope it gives you blue bloods a clearer picture of just what’s going on at this great club of ours. Particularly after a long period of pain and suffering.


I’ll break it down into two parts. Part one will be the overall structure of the session, the drills and how the were executed. Part two will focus on the players I managed to observe throughout the session.


Part 1: Training Overview

The group emerged on time for once which was a relief. They spread out across the ground and played some good old fashioned kick to kick. A few players would do their own thing and jog around the square e.g. Weitering. Players seemed in really good spirits. Group then went for a jog and some light stretching together.

After about ten minutes the squad broke into grouped agility drills. The drill I particularly liked involved a square of cones and two players. Player 1 would stand in front of the square and point to one of the cones whilst the Player 2 would stand facing the Player 1 and move quickly side to side to in response to the directive. This is a great exercise to train defensive zoning whilst keeping your eye on the play/ball. The best performers were Zac Fisher (kid is a freak), Walsh (freak), Cuners and Polson (he impressed me today).

Stretching for 2 minutes followed this. I must say, I absolutely loved the way Russell structured the session. It was staggered and highly organised. At no point did the players seem confused or out of their depth. Every single component of the session had a purpose. Not just my opinion, but a sports coach who attended with me said the same thing. He was blown away impressed.

Alas, I go on. There was a light duties group on the Dick Pratt Stand side that worked purely on their running. This included Liam Stocker, Hugh Goddard, Caleb Marchbank, Will Setterfield, Darcy Lang, Lachie Plowman plus a few more at different times. They worked away at staggered running drills that were very specific. Russell’s program is highly customised to each individual. Stocker for example, had his directives to run along the wing for a certain distance. Walk then run back. This was all timed by the physios and Stocker himself. Liam was determined and on a mission. You can tell he has what it takes to become an elite athlete… it was all business.

For most of the remainder of the session there were several skills based drills. Some I hadn’t seen before but I really liked. Very practical and normally added a component to make it slightly harder. Brent Stanton ran much of these drills and his voice projected really well. Skills were very clean.

At one point Samo left the group and just ran bulk laps. This is yet again another example of Russell’s individual program. Samo began this during the skills drills. I turned to my friend and we both said the same thing “brilliant”. SPS doesn’t need to work on his skills so Russell had him building his endurance. Several players peeled off at different times and ran laps - this included Lobbe and Flip. Murphy and Kreuzer partnered up and ran some serious heat around the boundary line toward the end of the session. Tractor kept up and toiled valiantly.

The last drill I will comment on was the mini match simulation that was broken into two games. 6 or so on each side. Frenetic short passing on a tiny field with small goals to shoot at. The game I was watching included Walshy, Jones, Cottrell, Fisher, Curnow, Owies, Bugg, and a few more. Walsh is a genuine gun. Had the ball on a string finding the ball inside and outside. Jones pulled the trigger on some aggressive kicks which paid off. Cottrell actually really showed something. Took some courageous marks and hit targets. Looked up to it. Chaz Curnow was his usual brilliant self. But the play of the day was my man Zac Fisher. Picked the ball up cleanly, side stepped the opposition and thumped a low bullet pass to his player on the lead. Simply awesome stuff. Owies found a heap of the ball but lets himself down with his disposal.

One of the last drills involved one-on-one contested marking practice with a crumber to finish it off. Curnow was outstanding even against the ruckman. Took a hanger and the crowd loved it. McKay started tentative then really began owning the contest and took some great grabs. Finbar was matched up on Teaguey and really struggled to make an impact. Clearly not a kid that grew up playing key position. But I really like him as a talent. Has a beautiful left peg on him. TDK held his own and really took it up to the bigger bodies.

Session ended with lots of shots on goal (which us fans appreciate the importance of). McKay kicked it accurately, as did Finbar! Probably the only downside to Walsh’s day was this. Missed a lot of shots for goal at one point but I’m not overly concerned.



Part 2 Players:

I will only comment on the players that I managed to view for a period of time. If you have any questions about the other players I may be able to answer them.

Jack Silvagni - Murph called him ‘Latino’ for a reason. He is so tanned. Trained well. Practised his torps at the end and managed a few 65m bombs. Also battled hard in contested marking.

Paddy Dow - The kid is light on his feet and powerful off the mark. Missed a few kicks and is prone to the odd fumble. But his hands in tight are quick and clean. Will be a jet.

Marc Murphy - Legend of a bloke. Signed heaps of autographs at the end after gut running the boundary line. Trained well and kept building his fitness. Kicking looked cleaner than last year.

Lochie O’Brien - He was in my top 5 today was Lochie. He has put on considerable size and looks AFL ready. Used his voice really well in the handball drills and his skills were sublime. Glides across the ground. Will be a jet for us.

SPS - Moved really well and looked determined to get fitter when running laps of the boundary.

Cripps - Thought it was McKay at one stage. He is gigantic. Kicking for goal is the only area he needs to improve on. Nothing else to say. He’s our captain for a reason.

Harry McKay - Looked confident and stronger in the contest. Needs to clean up his field kicking.

Sam Walsh - This kid is a marvel. Glides across the turf, moves almost as quick as Fisher side to side. Has clean hands, is composed with the ball and most importantly is a legend of a bloke. Stayed way past the end of the session and was the star of the show. We have a gem. Straight after the session I popped more on him to win the Rising Star.

Jacob Weitering - Big Weiter Bot. That running style is hard to miss from the stands. Played really well in the mini match sim. His skills are elite for a big man and he really took charge of the backline. Hoping he can find more confidence this year.

Zac Fisher - My favourite. Elite in so many aspects of the game. Hard to see him not being a star.

Cam Polson - Surprised me in a good way did Cam. High intensity and was a bit of a sharp shooter in front of goals today. Could potentially see him making it up forward if he continues this way.

Fasolo - “Fasolo Everywhere” he shouted as he kicked an easy snag from the square. The crowd laughed and so did the players. He’s a funny guy and adds some swagger to the list. As Soapie has mentioned previously, he needs to improve his fitness but will kick goals for us this year.

Cottrell - Wasn’t expecting much but he more than held his own out there today. Particularly, in the mini match sim he was clean by hand and foot and had great awareness of those around him. If he keeps this up he’ll find himself on our list.

BSOS - Is actually quicker than I thought. Plays with confidence. Was caught out in a few drills by being too slow to react and execute by foot.

Buggy - Sharp shooter today in front of goal. Will play bulk footy next year.

Owies - He was everywhere today. Ball magnet. Probably because he was positioned in front of me wherever I moved to. He is quick and gets involved. But very poor by foot. His skills were several cogs below the rest. Was also exposed in the handball drills - struggled to weight his handballs to his team mate’s advantage.

Hugh Goddard - Struggled a bit physically today from my viewing. I heard him complain to the coaches that something was bugging him. Just ran laps. Needs to shed some muscle up top IMO. He is a hulking man and those leg joints don’t need any extra weight.

Setterfield - I cringed when watching him participate in some side to side movement drills. But Russell was close by watching him. It was specifically tailored to him though and he handled it well. Silky mover side to side. His kicking is one area for improvement. Not poor but a bit inaccurate at times.

Conclusion

As a final note, Andrew Russell was the real star today. For the first time this century, Carlton has a high performance system which will be the envy of the competition. There is so much thought and planning in everything that happens out there and Russell is the architect behind it all. He is visible to players and makes his way to every station and communicates clearly and succinctly.

Shane Crawford famously tweeted that the two most important roles in a football club are the High Performance Manager and the Head Recruiter. Carlton supporters, be content in knowing we now have the best of the best in both of these positions. This will be a fun ride.

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Went to the same session as NDNB. I live interstate and as such it was the first time I have seen the Blues train in my 40 years as a Blues supporter. The highlight of my roadtrip to Melbourne with the family. Zac Fisher was great. Agile, so quick to foot and deadly accurate -is becoming one of those players supporters will really hone in on. Walsh looked very comfortable with the big boys. Thought Kerr looked slack at times and Finbar dropped his head at times in competitive marking- but was pleased with the support of the other lads around him and Teague not letting him have it easy. Yep, pretty much agree on all the above player comments, particularly Weitering.Impressed with the skill level, “train as you play” attitude and the structure of the session.
Incidentally my daughter is a bystander in your photo of Weitering signing autographs.
 

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