The demons are almost at full strength before the clash of Roos
MELBOURNE hit the track on Tuesday night ahead of their preliminary final against North Melbourne with nearly a full roster available.
Defender Maddi Gay endured an extended warm-up away from the main group with a heavily strapped left knee, rejoining after about half an hour, but it’s part of his normal routine.
Sabreena Duffy (foot) walked laps and performed boxing drills with a trainer on the sidelines, while Jordi Ivey (foot) jumped in and out of exercises at the start of the session, but missed the full workout.
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The enclosure Sammie Johnson – who withdrew from games in the fourth round – also participated in selected non-contact drills.
Recruit Georgia Gall was back in full training after finishing his grade 12 exams the day before.
Inactive players Rhi Watt and Gaby Colvin (ACL) are at different times in their rehab, with Watt performing more drills with the main group than the defender.
Watt – who left the track early – insisted that a young fan sign the ruck’s arm (with the girl’s playing number in junior football) in return for giving her an autograph.
The focus was clearly on ball movement in the crucial training session.
One drill was built around clearing the ball from the defensive 50 with game switches, while another looked at how to work your way through a zone defense, before pressing the ball. switch when the ball was in the hands of the speedsters. Alyssa Bannan and Blaithin Mackin out.
President Kate Roffey was an attentive spectator at Gosch’s Paddock as a concentrated group of Dees prepared to take on the Roos.
The training evolved into more specialized work (clearing under the pressure of the bump bag, kicking and marking).
It ended with a hotly contested kicking competition, with energy high throughout the 90-minute session.