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Matt Gepp  January 18, 2013 3:20 PM

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West Coast's first training session on Patersons Stadium for 2013 was a tough hit-out

West Coast continued its preparation for the impending season with another solid hit-out this morning, as their pre-season training shifted from McGillvray Oval back to Patersons Stadium.

On another warm day in Perth, the Eagles squad hit the track to take part in a training session that focused around stoppage work, style of play and contested possession.

The boys were put through their paces early, as they split into two groups and went into a fiercely contested five-on-five drill.

Scott Selwood, Patrick McGinnity and Jack Darling were the standout contributors, displaying some strong tackling and shut-down work.

The squad then entered a half-ground drill, concentrating on the side’s ability to move the football out of the defensive end of the ground while the opposition endeavored to implement its press.

The usual suspects, such as Luke Shuey, Chris Masten and Matt Priddis, had no trouble in finding plenty of the football during this game-based exercise.

The Eagles then switched into a full-ground scenario, focusing on centre clearances, as they worked on making sure the ball entered the forward line as quickly and effectively as possible.

Both Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling were continually spotted up on good leads and looked sharp with both their contested marking and goal kicking.

With the temperature rising throughout the morning, many players took to the shade after the session had finished to try their luck at a few improbable shots on goal.

New recruit Sharrod Wellingham joined Mark LeCras in converting some impressive shots from the Patersons Stadium pocket before retreating to the change-rooms.