This morning the West Coast Eagles squad took part in the main pre-season training session for the week as preparation for the upcoming NAB cup encounters continues.
The session again consisted of a combination of skill work, game-plan based drills and hard running and proved quite challenging as temperatures in Perth pushed passed 30 degrees.
The use of the ball in tightly congested situations was a focus during the early drills, as players were pitted against each other to work the ball around a deliberately small area, resulting in some heavy pressure and strong tackling.
Scott Selwood, Mark LeCras and Sam Butler all seemed to thrive throughout the early stages of the session.
After some more skill-based work the players went to work on perfecting their ability to press, with the midfield and forward line squad members working to effectively move the ball forward, while the defensive players worked on stifling ball movement in an attempt to cause the turnover.
Jacob Brennan, Luke Shuey, Sharrod Wellingham and Chris Masten all found plenty of the football.
The session was sporadically interrupted with the entire squad having to complete a series of 400m or 1km sprints that really tested the players’ capacity for endurance.
Chris Masten, Mark LeCras and Jack Darling were the stand out participants, as they continually led the squad to the finish line.