61 days until start of NRL season

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61 days until start of NRL season

Post by innsaneink » Sun 09 Jan, 2011 8:34 am

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THE clock is ticking ... there are 61 days to go.

Players across the country are being pushed through summer torture sessions with the NRL kick-off fast approaching.

Wests Tigers have even taken things to new heights - literally.

"We have installed an altitude chamber at out training base," Tigers coach Tim Sheens said.

"It is where we will be spending a lot of our pre-season."

Sheens has his players training to the point of throwing up in the high-tech 10m-by-10m torture chamber, which simulates training at 10,000 feet above sea level.

Other clubs are taking a more conventional route, but the message is the same - to be ready for season kick-off on March 11.

Clubs face different challenges over summer. Some are rebuilding, others are trying to bed in a key player here and there, while others, like St George Illawarra, are working to ensure there is no premiership hangover.

Every fan starts the new season with hope that this will be the year, and the Roosters' march from last to the grand final in 2010 only fuels that optimism.

South Sydney have dominated off-season headlines with the signing of Greg Inglis, but they have hit a snag as they try to work the Queensland Origin superstar into their line-up.

With St George Illawarra playing in the World Club Challenge, the Rabbitohs have been forced to adjust their trial schedule to accommodate the Charity Shield.

"We will go into the first season match having not played a game for three weeks," Rabbitohs coach John Lang said.

"It is a bit of a problem."

Last season, Souths were blown away by the Roosters in the first round and took weeks to recover.

With the salary cap scandal ripping the club apart, Melbourne Storm face a unique battle after losing Inglis, Brett Finch, Ryan Hoffman, and Brett White.

Despite having to shed players to fit under the salary cap, the Storm have managed to add some much-needed depth to their squad. Souths discard Beau Champion is hoping to fill the breach.

"I am really looking forward to the challenge," Champion said.

"I have already moved down to Melbourne and I am very excited about playing with the likes of Cameron Smith and Billy Slater."

At the Sharks, Jeremy Smith has made a big impression, becoming one of the leaders at training, while former Panthers young gun Wade Graham replaces Trent Barrett at five-eighth.

Even the Roosters believe they will be better with Mark Riddell and Anthony Watts solving one of their few weaknesses from last season - giving them impact out of dummy-half.


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Post by willow » Sun 09 Jan, 2011 10:50 am

Finances for high tech training equipment certainly seems to be a thing of the past if the Tigers have got an altitude chamber now. 10000 feet above sea level is significant and would definitely benefit the players cardio fitness.
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Post by king sirro » Sun 09 Jan, 2011 3:20 pm

Id love to train i that to see what its like.

Every off season we see photos of the boys training and every year theres one or two i dont recognise. Anyone know who the guy is behing Farah?
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Post by innsaneink » Sun 09 Jan, 2011 3:32 pm

Hyland I think and behind him Corby???

Or do you mean the shiny smooth head? :lol:

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Post by Bazzinator » Sun 09 Jan, 2011 3:56 pm

its rhys curran out the back behind matt hyland


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Post by tigeress » Sun 09 Jan, 2011 6:43 pm

king sirro wrote:Id love to train i that to see what its like.

Every off season we see photos of the boys training and every year theres one or two i dont recognise. Anyone know who the guy is behing Farah?
Hyland with the blonde hair, and Fulton with the "shiny" head ;)

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Post by Balmain Tiger » Sun 09 Jan, 2011 8:31 pm

moltzen is looking a bit more muscley in the shoulders and arms
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Post by cunno » Sun 09 Jan, 2011 8:39 pm

The emphasis on fitness at the highest level should prepare the players so they are fit from the start of the season. This relects the importance coach Sheens places on winning as many early games as possible to avoid the pressure of trying to make up wins later in the season when the pressure is on.

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Post by Spartan117 » Sun 09 Jan, 2011 10:03 pm

Toys like the chamber and the 20k treadmill show me that things are going will to allow the Administration to invest in the training infrastructure.

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Post by redemption » Mon 10 Jan, 2011 1:57 pm

Bazzinator wrote:its rhys curran out the back behind matt hyland
Correct.

And Miller further in the distance between Hyland & Fulton's heads! Dwyer is bringing up the rear!

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Post by redemption » Mon 10 Jan, 2011 2:02 pm

Spartan117 wrote:Toys like the chamber and the 20k treadmill show me that things are going will to allow the Administration to invest in the training infrastructure.

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The boys have spent plenty of time in the altitude chamber so far this off-season!

This sort of use of the best available & most innovative technology in preparing teams has always been one of Tim's strengths since his time at Canberra where they piggy-backed off the AIS facilities and purchased new equipment that was only being used in the NFL!

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Post by Geo. » Mon 10 Jan, 2011 10:27 pm

Spartan117 wrote:Toys like the chamber and the 20k treadmill show me that things are going will to allow the Administration to invest in the training infrastructure.

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Ya think...how many days now?
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Post by Spartan117 » Tue 11 Jan, 2011 12:06 am

62D 18H 52M as at 12:06 AM

NOTE MON NIGHT GAME
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Post by Spartan117 » Fri 21 Jan, 2011 8:24 am

Latest

52 Days 10 hours 35 Mins to Monday Night Game
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Post by balmainbenny » Fri 21 Jan, 2011 7:48 pm

Sparten, Keep up the good work, Every time I see the countdown I just get that little bit more excited,JUST BRING IT ON.

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Post by balmainbenny » Fri 21 Jan, 2011 7:57 pm

PS, Why do WE have to be the ones to wait ALLLL WEEKEND?

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Post by Spartan117 » Mon 24 Jan, 2011 8:07 am

Latest -

Game 1 - 49 days 10 hours 54 mins

Trial 1 - 18days 11 hours 24 mins
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Post by Spartan117 » Tue 15 Feb, 2011 7:57 am

Latest according to the Desktop Gadget countdown thingy = 27 days 11 hours 3 mins and 2 secs
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