Fitness ‘paramount’ in Roos’ massive pre-season preparations
Coach Andrew Cadzow says an arduous and intense fitness program will be “paramount” for the Maroochydore Roos as they embrace another mammoth pre-season.
The Fisherman’s Rd outfit got their 2021 QAFL preparations under way this week and a tough four-week block lies ahead for the 60-strong group.
The Roos enjoyed a step up into the state’s top flight this year, finishing fifth and making finals.
Cadzow believed pre-season fitness had proven an integral element to the campaign and was eager to build on those efforts.
“Fitness got us through this year,” he said.
“We were really fit in March and we came back after COVID in really good nick which put us in good stead.”
“So, our fitness program over the next 12 weeks is going to be pretty paramount so we will be fit.
“It was our biggest pre-season ever last year and it will probably be bigger than that.”
To ensure the Roos are at their peak the club has again welcomed ultra-endurance athlete Tim Franklin into the fold.
“He certainly had them raring and fit last year,” Cadzow said.
“We will certainly be working pretty hard this year and (have) set a pretty strong program which will make them work very much outside their comfort zones.”
While fitness was the major focus, Cadzow said the four-week block ahead of Christmas would also work on game sense.
He said the Roos were fortunate to be welcoming back most of the side with an additional 20 players to bolster ranks.
“We had a fair few who could not play (this season) due to work and family and the COVID situation made it difficult for them,” he said.
“But, now they’re all recruited and ready to go which strengthens us up immeasurably without us doing anything else.”
Among those to return are the QAFL MVP Jacob Simpson and runner-up Josh Govan.
“We’ve always said he’s (Simpson) probably been the best player in our side for a few years,” Cadzow said.
“He’s played rep footy in the South Queensland side and dominated that and we’ve always said he’s the best ruckman going around.
“It was a really great opportunity for him to show that at QAFL level against the best ruckman in the state and he did that.
“He thinks he’s got a bit of improvement in him which is terrific.”