Brisbane Lions AFLW talent Shannon Campbell will again return for the Maroochydore Roos in 2021. Picture: Jillo's Sporting Pics
Brisbane Lions AFLW talent Shannon Campbell will again return for the Maroochydore Roos in 2021. Picture: Jillo's Sporting Pics

How Roos plan to nail form ahead first bounce

Sharpening skill and game sense will be crucial pre-season focus points for the Roos women as they look to build on the back of their most successful state campaign.

The Maroochydore outfit will start their 2021 QAFLW preparations on Tuesday with coach Steve Moody eager to maximise his time with the squad ahead of the season’s first bounce in late February.

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Moody said bar three – Mikayla Pauga, Ruby McDowell and Ashleigh Hales – the majority of the Roos would return to the club.

While the club’s men are being pushed through a rigorous fitness and conditioning program, Moody said his pre-season plans were largely centred around skill set.

“I think that’s where our women are weakest,” he said.

“Certainly being able to do skill work is a lot more difficult to do on your own than it is with a group so we want to maximise the time we have with them.

“We are going to do a lot of game sense drills even at this early stage of (pre-season).

“Getting the basics right but then putting it into decision making pressure situations and allowing those girls who are already a little more advanced with their skill set to challenge themselves.”

He said finetuning on field talents was important in the initial stages of preparations.

“The big difference between the men and women, even at QAFL level, is we will still have a variety of girls who have never really played the game before rock up and try their hand at the developing sport,” Moody said.

“With the girls our (skill) range can be quite dramatic so you do have to cater for all types from the get go and as pre-season progresses then you can trim that down.”

The Fishermans Rd outfit enjoyed a club-best season in the state’s top flight QAFLW last season, winning their first finals match and playing in their first semi-final.

While not measuring any 2021 success “purely by results”, Moody was still eager to see them lift on last season’s efforts.

“At the end of day we want to just make sure that they improve,” he said.

“You’ve got to make sure you focus on what you can do and what we can do is improve on our skill set and in our game development.

“If we can continue to work on the style of game we’re trying to play and tinker with that and nut that down better than hopefully that does pan out to be a successful season results-wise.”

While not available now, Moody said AFLW talents Tahlia Randall, Shannon Campbell, Lily Postlethwaite and Belle Dawes were expected to bolster Roos ranks come the end of their elite season.