ELITE performance manager Dave Misson says the players came through with flying colours after Friday’s three-hour training session on the Sunshine Coast.
Melbourne’s hit out at the Maroochydore Multi-Sports Complex was the toughest of its nine-day camp – and the biggest of its pre-season to date.
Misson said plenty of preparation went into training away from home and ultimately it proved to be a success.
“We put a lot of planning into all of the sessions up here,” he told Dee TV on the final day of the camp.
“We were always looking to make Friday the biggest session and it turned out that way. There was a huge footy component and we finished with a bit of a lemon twist for the boys, which they seemed to enjoy.
“We got a lot out of Friday, as did the players, and we were really pleased that we finished on a high note with a session like that.”
Misson said the club had a solid emphasis on football drills and skills being woven into its entire pre-season, which continued on the Sunshine Coast.
“We’ve been doing footy since day one to be honest. This camp has been a continual build of the footy program and footy load,” he said.
“So we’ll keep building really, right up to NAB Challenge and through it.
“We’re conscious that we’ve still got a long way to go and there is still a lot of room for improvement, so we’re going to keep building on that.”
In assessing the camp, Misson said the slightly shorter trip – as opposed to 12 days last year – had proved beneficial.
“We’ve given the boys a little bit more down time, which has been appreciated by them,” he said.
“We’ve been working in a better gym this year and that’s been fantastic. We haven’t had to compromise our strength sessions.
“The weather has been magnificent and the conditions have been great. The facilities have been really good, so it’s been another positive for us.”