Rovers conquer Phillip Island

The Hampton Rovers stepped up their preparations for the 2010 VAFA season with 30 players attending the training camp at Phillip Island on the weekend.

The destination was Camp Island, a private property near Berry’s Beach just up from the Grand Prix circuit. It was an early start on Saturday morning and the boys got straight down to business, jogging to the beach each with a tyre, then warming up with an 8km run to Pyramid Rock and back.

The players were then put through their paces down on the beach with a number of different fitness challenges. Following a big lunch, the afternoon session got underway with a beep test, followed by a jog to the beach blindfolded led only by three captains and a number of team challenges slightly more on the fun side but still worked everyone hard.

Following dinner, new Rovers coach Matt Robbins had a team talk on plans for the 2010 season before everyone had an opportunity to relax and enjoy the night. After a big day, the players were back on their way to Melbourne early Sunday morning.

The majority of players said it was the hardest day of training they’ve experienced. It was great to see the immense effort put in by all and it only continues the incredible pre-season that has been put in by everyone as we look forward to an exciting year in B Section, or “Premier B Section”, as it’s now known. In the 30 which attended, there were five new players to the club which was great to see.

Numbers have averaged around 60 on Monday’s and Wednesday’s with about half that at the non-compulsory Friday session. Training continues these day’s but will shortly switch to Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at Boss James Reserve once cricket commitments are completed at the ground. All new players are welcome to get along and have a run. Visit the Pre-Season page for further details.

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