Honing fundamental skills and retaining poise under pressure was the focus of today’s West Coast Eagles main training session.
An extended squad hit the track in glorious sunshine at Domain Stadium and senior coach Adam Simpson turned up the heat following the warm up.
The team’s defensive unit went to work on moving the ball through traffic while the midfield contingent sharpened their centre bounce clearances with the help of hit out exponents Jonathan Giles and Nathan Vardy.
With their legs warm and beads of sweat accumulating on their furrows, the group split in two and tackled several basic skill exercises.
Matt Priddis revelled during an in-and-under handball drill, as did Jack Redden, who appeared to have a skip in his step following arguably his best outing in West Coast colours a week ago.
Midfield coach Dean Cox took several players aside to work on their throw in and ball up structures while Jack Darling and Elliot Yeo got in some extra work in front of the big sticks.
Darling, who missed last week’s clash with Sydney due to an ankle injury, appeared to move freely and snap shots without hesitation during the 90-minute session.
Skipper Shannon Hurn and veteran goal sneak Mark LeCras engaged in a forward 50 duel at the same time as Josh Kennedy rehearsed his leading lines from the goal square with the assistance of forwards coach Jaymie Graham.
The squad finished off its main training session with a full-contact contested ball drill followed by a half-field match simulation exercise.