AN INNOVATIVE idea from new assistant coach Tim O’Dwyer saw members of the Colbinabbin Football Club train at Princes Park, the home base of AFL club Carlton.
The Melbourne-based O’Dwyer saw it as a great chance to get players who live locally in Bendigo and in Melbourne all together as preparation starts for the upcoming season.
Senior coach Nick Knight said that the training day, in stifling summer heat, was great for the group.
‘‘It was a very hot day, about 39 degrees I think. The boys did well though,’’ Knight said.
‘‘It was good to get away together and train as a team.’’
Colbinabbin player Mitch McEvoy, who lives in Melbourne, said the session was highly beneficial for all who hit the track.
‘‘We trained early in the morning to avoid the heat, but it still got us. It was very humid,’’ McEvoy said.
‘‘Given the heat and the amount of training the boys did before Christmas, we were able to focus on skills.’’
McEvoy, along with seven other Colbinabbin players, live in Melbourne and train under O’Dwyer, reducing the issue of not gelling together on the same track.
‘‘Tim trains us to the same gameplan as the Colbinabbin boys get under Nick Knight, so our training is as seamless as possible,’’ McEvoy said.
Colbinabbin will start their 2017 campaign with an away match to Leitchville-Gunbower on April 8 before unveiling their new football oval on a blockbuster Good Friday night clash against Mt Pleasant.