It's Day Four of the Academy's Tour of Australia and things are warming up for Saturday's opener with the Bulldogs.
Day Four – Thursday October 12
Ian Talbot writes: Wow, what a difference in 24 hours. Yesterday we trained in the rain, but today was more like the weather we were hoping for as we began, at 9am, with a tough session in 25 degree temperature.
The lads once again walked up to the Panthers training pitch to be put through their paces in a defensive organisation session with a few extra drills at the end for the goal kickers.
One of the lads, having missed one of his goal kick attempts due to the cross wind, commented: “I didn’t know that there was wind in Australia”.
After a quick shower and lunch it was onto the bus for the trip to the ANZ Stadium and the Olympic Park.
This was the first time that any of our tourists have been on the stadium tour and the guide gave us a real insight into behind the scenes of the massive arena built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
After that we headed over to St Mary’s for our second training session of the day as we prepare for Saturday’s opening match against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Over the years we have always enjoyed the hospitality of the St Mary’s club and today was no different as we trained and headed into their Leagues Club to once again enjoy their food buffet.
As per usual the lads threw up some interesting comments: “Are there lions in the fields over here?” by John Hutchins was probably the best as it reminded the staff of Mark Percival who said the same a few years ago.
As Luke Maloney-Ward was filling his plate, the discussion turned to the Octopus on offer.
His comment about them having 10 tentacles brought a smile to the coaching staff’s faces.
Some of the comments made by the players on these trips have always caused amusement and this current crop are keeping up with tradition.