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Jordie wasn't always so comfortable dealing with supporters. There was a group of players who consistently tried to avoid the fans after training sessions and Jordie was one of them.
 

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I was about to ask you those questions Jen!
I was sitting on the same bench as Budda hocking on monday and pretty sure he said the boys last day was Tuesday, and they come back January 9th. But as to the last training session? I'm gonna assume Monday.
 

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Maynard was one of them.
My brother was out with him one night in Bali recently on the piss said he was great with him and his mates but was a real arrogant to locals and chicks, could be a real campaigner at times.

I love Maynard so I couldn't care less if he punched my brother in the face.
 

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Industry average wage of above $300k, and rising fast, all sorts of advantages/ people willing to help post career and 11 weeks minimum leave pa. Damn I wish I’d been blessed with height!
Not bad right? The senior blokes have only been back a week and then they get more time off.
 

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Steele said at his "good for footy" appearance that Tues is their last day. Given that, I don't think they'll train then, but will train on Monday.
 
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View attachment 594603 View attachment 594604 View attachment 594605 View attachment 594606 View attachment 594607 View attachment 594608 Open Training: Wednesday 12 Dec 2018

It was hot and windy with much of the crowd huddling around whatever shade could be found this morning. I lasted 15 minutes on the boundary before retreating inside the cool of the Glasshouse. We then stood on the hill in the shade of a light tower for the next hour. At least the wind was pleasant.

Not a lot to report really as it was a light session of skills and drills.

Not Training:
Treloar, Goldsack, Beams, Moore, Greenwood, Dunn, Wells, WH-E, Howe, C&T Brown, *Crisp

Straight from the horse's mouth:

I asked Nathan Murphy to solve the Big Footy Conundrum of 2018 and he was very happy to oblige, much to Tom Phillips's amusement. Here's what Murph told me:
"This time last year I was 188cm and 77kg. At the moment I'm 192 and 87kg. They reckon I'll finish up around 195cm." Phillips jokingly suggested he was 'gilding the lilly'.

I suppose rumours flourish when the club is less than forthcoming about players. I can't find any mention of Jack Crisp on the club's injury list or any mention of reasons for his absence. Some of the regular track watchers insisted that Crisp had been at training sessions and they were also sure he trained last week and ran the time trial. He must be invisible! I stand to be corrected, but Crisp did not train last week, nor did he run the time trial. Jen stated that he was in attendance on Dec 3rd but stood on the sidelines and didn't participate.

The rumour mill suggests he is unhappy and that he has 'walked out'. I overheard this being discussed, but it doesn't make much sense to me. Why would a player walk out at the beginning of Pre-Season? If anybody knows where Crispy is I'd be keen to hear it.

Mark Keane said he was flying home on Friday. He enjoys a chat this boy. I couldn't understand a lot of what he said, but I think it was something like this:
Asked about coping in his first Melbourne summer he said, "I'm not getting a lot of sleep. Last Friday I slept 2 hours. Too hot and training when it's 40 is tough. It will be freezing at home over Christmas."

It's a big ask of 18 yo boys to move across the world into a totally foreign environment with all the usual hurdles, let alone training in weather that they have never experienced before. Last Friday would have been a killer for Keane and Tohill.
Thanks Apples. I am glad that Nathan Murphy gave you the same account of his height that he gave to me - 195cm in time. I recall from Jen's photos that Crisp was at training on the boundary with Levi on the day of the time trial, when officially all players were in attendance. But otherwise, sightings of him have been as rare as Daniel Wells sightings. He'll be being managed from an injury/surgery I expect.
I had to laugh about you approaching the older ladies. They are training regulars, but little chance to have been contributing to Big Footy, despite being fanatics!
 

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Thanks Apples. I am glad that Nathan Murphy gave you the same account of his height that he gave to me - 195cm in time. I recall from Jen's photos that Crisp was at training on the boundary with Levi on the day of the time trial, when officially all players were in attendance. But otherwise, sightings of him have been as rare as Daniel Wells sightings. He'll be being managed from an injury/surgery I expect.
I had to laugh about you approaching the older ladies. They are training regulars, but little chance to have been contributing to Big Footy, despite being fanatics!
So he'll be 6"4 in the old money. Very athletic, skillful and brave. Hoping he can be best 22 over the next 2 seasons.
 
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I spoke to El Capitano briefly today as he was leaving and he said he was leaving early they had a full day of training at the club tomorrow. I presume that some of that may be indoor, but would presume there is some time out on the Oval?

Daniel Wells said he had returned to jogging and would be OK. Looked in OK condition and was friendly.

Asked Adam Treloar when he was back to participating in match sim and he said soon, indicating it was not his hamstrings that were keeping him away from it at present but 'a few other things', "it'll be all good mate".

What do you and Jen have to report Apples? I got there very late but saw you both there as things were wrapping up, but had my son with me and we were headed to the shop to pick up some Christmas items.
 

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I felt the session in general was pretty light, apart from the Yo Yo test. There was no match simulation. I assume that will come tomorrow.

When did you see Adam? I didn't recall seeing him there today.
 

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Training Report: Monday 17th December 2018
Cloudy but pleasant enough at 20 degrees.
Not Training:
Dayne Beams (gastro)
DeGoey (rested) was upstairs watching from the coaches' box.
Crisp (gym)
Dunn
Sharenberg
Modified Training:
Greenwood, Will Kelly, Goldsack, Maynard

The players were already into running drills by the time I arrived. I stood next to Big Footy correspondent Jen2310n and introduced myself. She had all the latest.

I then spoke to a couple of people on my left. Irish accents I thought. Perhaps these people are Anton Tohill's family, I suggested to Jen. Alas, the accent was Scottish and the lady I spoke to for a while was on holiday from Japan. This is the only time she gets to see the players in the flesh. She also told me she was a Big Footy 'lurker' as was another gent, Michael?, who joined us for a chat. Michael had lived in the US until recently. It was terrific chatting to knowledgable new people who all rely on Big Footy in various ways.

Michael chatted about his favourite posters, among them, Albert, Knightmare, Scodog and BigHorse. I can verify the importance that sites such as Big Footy and Nick's play in the lives of interstate and overseas Magpies, and it was reinforced again today.

It was a fairly light session, but of most interest was the computerised Beep Test. The playing group was divided into two groups.

Group 1 was given a trial run listening to the computer as it gave instructions. Basically, the players took off on the beep, ran approx 20 metres to a line (trying to beat the beep) and back to the start in 11 secs. The computer then changed the times and recovery time.

Group 1 was: Sier, Howe, Roughead, Pendles, Mihocek, Lynch, Adams, Madgen, Moore, Grundy, Tohill, Cox
As the going got tougher, coaches signalled players to be eliminated.
One by one the players fell by the wayside until suddenly only three remained: Mihocek, Howe and Pendlebury.
Then Pendles and Checkers were left to battle it out. Pendles was the last man standing. Great effort from the Captain.

Group 2 watched from the sidelines encouraging the runners until it was their turn.

Group 2: Atu, Isaac, Sidey, Stevo, Flipper, Crocker, Thomas, Appleby, Daicos, Varcoe, Callum Brown, Tyler Brown
They battled it out until only Quaynor, Phillips and Stephenson remained. Isaac fell next leaving Phillips and Stevo to battle it out. I was a little surprised to see Stevo win pretty comfortably. What a star pick-up was this little champ; he just keeps giving!

Some kicking drills and goal kicking drills followed and players gradually left the field. Phillips spent ages chatting to the few fans in attendance. He's so relaxed with all comers is Flipper. I'm really impressed with this skill he has to make supporters feel special. Coxy and Grundy spoke to supporters too.

A couple of ladies who never miss a session, were there handing out Christmas cards to every player. One even tracked down Crispy in the cafe! What passion.

Jen told me that Brodie Grundy said they would be back on the track for their last session early on Tuesday.

Albert and Jen, please feel free to add anything you noticed from this morning.
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Training Report: Monday 17th December 2018
Cloudy but pleasant enough at 20 degrees.
Not Training:
Dayne Beams (gastro)
DeGoey (rested) was upstairs watching from the coaches' box.
Crisp (gym)
Dunn
Sharenberg
Modified Training:
Greenwood, Will Kelly, Goldsack, Maynard

The players were already into running drills by the time I arrived. I stood next to Big Footy correspondent Jen2310n and introduced myself. She had all the latest.

I then spoke to a couple of people on my left. Irish accents I thought. Perhaps these people are Anton Tohill's family, I suggested to Jen. Alas, the accent was Scottish and the lady I spoke to for a while was on holiday from Japan. This is the only time she gets to see the players in the flesh. She also told me she was a Big Footy 'lurker' as was another gent, Michael?, who joined us for a chat. Michael had lived in the US until recently. It was terrific chatting to knowledgable new people who all rely on Big Footy in various ways.

Michael chatted about his favourite posters, among them, Albert, Knightmare, Scodog and BigHorse. I can verify the importance that sites such as Big Footy and Nick's play in the lives of interstate and overseas Magpies, and it was reinforced again today.

It was a fairly light session, but of most interest was the computerised Beep Test. The playing group was divided into two groups.

Group 1 was given a trial run listening to the computer as it gave instructions. Basically, the players took off on the beep, ran approx 20 metres to a line (trying to beat the beep) and back to the start in 11 secs. The computer then changed the times and recovery time.

Group 1 was: Sier, Howe, Roughead, Pendles, Mihocek, Lynch, Adams, Madgen, Moore, Grundy, Tohill, Cox
As the going got tougher, coaches signalled players to be eliminated.
One by one the players fell by the wayside until suddenly only three remained: Mihocek, Howe and Pendlebury.
Then Pendles and Checkers were left to battle it out. Pendles was the last man standing. Great effort from the Captain.

Group 2 watched from the sidelines encouraging the runners until it was their turn.

Group 2: Atu, Isaac, Sidey, Stevo, Flipper, Crocker, Thomas, Appleby, Daicos, Varcoe, Callum Brown, Tyler Brown
They battled it out until only Quaynor, Phillips and Stephenson remained. Isaac fell next leaving Phillips and Stevo to battle it out. I was a little surprised to see Stevo win pretty comfortably. What a star pick-up was this little champ; he just keeps giving!

Some kicking drills and goal kicking drills followed and players gradually left the field. Phillips spent ages chatting to the few fans in attendance. He's so relaxed with all comers is Flipper. I'm really impressed with this skill he has to make supporters feel special. Coxy and Grundy spoke to supporters too.

A couple of ladies who never miss a session, were there handing out Christmas cards to every player. One even tracked down Crispy in the cafe! What passion.

Jen told me that Brodie Grundy said they would be back on the track for their last session early on Tuesday.

Albert and Jen, please feel free to add anything you noticed from this morning.
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Thanks for the report Apples, out of curiosity who are the first players to fall in the yo-yo groups, and how far did they get?

Did I succeed in being mentioned as one of the least liked posters? Please say yes, indifference would be worse.
 

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I spoke to El Capitano briefly today as he was leaving and he said he was leaving early they had a full day of training at the club tomorrow. I presume that some of that may be indoor, but would presume there is some time out on the Oval?

Daniel Wells said he had returned to jogging and would be OK. Looked in OK condition and was friendly.

Asked Adam Treloar when he was back to participating in match sim and he said soon, indicating it was not his hamstrings that were keeping him away from it at present but 'a few other things', "it'll be all good mate".

What do you and Jen have to report Apples? I got there very late but saw you both there as things were wrapping up, but had my son with me and we were headed to the shop to pick up some Christmas items.
Must have had a snickers bar in your pocket for Wells to say hello.
 

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Thanks for the report Apples, out of curiosity who are the first players to fall in the yo-yo groups, and how far did they get?

Did I succeed in being mentioned as one of the least liked posters? Please say yes, indifference would be worse.
Sier dropped out first in the first group, which was a little disappointing. Grundy and then Cox dropped out soon after.
 

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Yes, Sier started out well and was up with them. I had high hopes for him. He suddenly seemed to lose composure and ran out of gas; was seen double over behind the line.
 
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