July 07, 2020 2 min read

Here is a snapshot of our past 24 hours in Sydney town.

After a recovery day yesterday, we headed down to breakfast this morning ready to tackle our main session. In AFL terms you don’t focus so much on the name of the day as you do the objective of the day. Monday, Tuesday Wednesday are replaced by recovery, craft and main session days. Thursday Friday Saturday with day off, captains run and gameday. This cycle repeats, the day of the game dictating where the other day objectives fall within the week.

So today is our main session day and after a plentiful breakfast and team meeting we boarded multiple buses for ‘somewhere’ in Sydney. My Sydney geography is poor but a bit like Hansel and Gretel I like to drop metaphorical breadcrumbs along the path to help guide me home in case I get lost. I am not sure why that is so; maybe it’s my inquisitive nature, maybe it’s because I got lost as a kid once in a caravan park in Monkey MIa. I did see a sign that said Marrickville close to where our bus pulled to a stop and so I assumed that might be the name of the area we were training in.

Our training oval was a typical suburban oval with green grass, two sets of goal posts and a traditional old grandstand that framed one side of the ground. It wasn’t your classic elite training facility but you can make anything work with a bit of initiative and ingenuity. Being a five-day break between games meant training was not as intense as otherwise but we still got what we needed done in preparation for this week’s big game v the Lions.

After training it was back to the hotel for lunch before we headed to another offsite location to ‘shift some tin,’’ footy jargon for going to the gym. We are divided into small groups as per the required guidelines and make sure all surfaces are cleaned thoroughly before and after use. It’s the nature of the times and isn’t really all that difficult to do.

An afternoon of physiotherapy treatment and massage helps prepare an ageing body for the battle ahead come Thursday night. Five day breaks are a rarity in our world and a bit of extra recovery is certainly called for when you are in your 30’s. Everyone appears to be settling into the environment well, routines are forming. 

We only have another four days in Sydney before the next part of the trip but there will be plenty of opportunities for us to learn, improve and test ourselves in that time.       

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