Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

Pre-season guide: Fremantle

Nathan Schmook  December 24, 2012 11:21 AM

AFL 2012 Training - Fremantle 191212

Anthony Morabito is close to resuming full training


It's been an impressive start to pre-season training for a Fremantle group that is pushing to break into the top four in 2013. Coach Ross Lyon told his players the off-season should be treated as active rest, with "big brother" watching, and the group responded by returning to Fremantle Oval in excellent condition. Time trial and skin fold results have been ahead of schedule and there have been close to 40 players in full training. Sports science manager Jason Weber has been typically uncompromising, punishing any short cuts or poor performances in the running drills, which have usually taken place at the end of football sessions and have been demanding. Veterans Aaron Sandilands and Luke McPharlin have taken place in two out of every three football sessions so far in an effort to keep them physically and mentally fresh. In a football department expansion, Paul Montgomery has crossed from St Kilda to take up a role as strength and conditioning coach.

Break: Left on December 23 and return to training on January 4.

Draftee watch: Key position prospect Tanner Smith has slotted straight into the endurance running drills, positioning himself among the leading pack. Living with Chris Mayne while host family arrangements are made, he has joined full training alongside NAB AFL Draft selections Max Duffy and Josh Simpson. Free agent Danyle Pearce seemed to struggle in the heat during his early sessions but has settled in, while rookies Alex Howson and Matt Taberner made a seamless transition after a week training with the club before the Rookie Draft.

Burning: Hayden Crozier has been pushing himself to the limit this pre-season as he looks to make up for lost time. The second-year midfielder played three games in his debut season but was unavailable after round 13 because of glandular fever. As he rebuilds his engine, it has been common to see Crozier hunched over, physically spent, before doing it all again. Fremantle will be hoping the work pays off and the well-balanced left-footer can add to the team's midfield depth in 2013.    

Medical room: Anthony Morabito, who is returning from a second knee reconstruction, has been running well and will aim to join in football sessions in January. Matthew Pavlich underwent back surgery in late November that will also keep him out of full training until January. Michael Barlow (thumb) and Tendai Mzungu (wrist) have been on restricted ball-work but have completed all running sessions. Midfielder Stephen Hill, who underwent shoulder surgery in the off-season, was absent from a number of sessions early in the summer.       

What they say: "I'm really quite driven about the basics and we'll do them over and over again so they can stand up to pressure. There's certainly things we'll tweak and you’ve got to move with the game, but I learnt previously off good seasons that if you relax it disappears quickly. The accountability levels will  be high, particularly post-Christmas, on getting the basics done." – coach Ross Lyon

NAB Cup schedule:
Round one: v West Coast and Geelong, Patersons Stadium, Saturday, February 16
Round two: v Carlton, Etihad Stadium, Saturday, March 2
Round three: v Western Bulldogs, Northam, Saturday, March 9