Noosa Tigers got their QAFL pre-season preparations under way on Tuesday. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography
Noosa Tigers got their QAFL pre-season preparations under way on Tuesday. Picture: Craig Slaney Photography

Tigers attack pre-season with impressive form

Noosa Tigers coach Adam Bovalino says he’s very impressed with how his charges have kickstarted preparations for their step into the state’s top tier

The Tigers, who will enter the premier QAFL next year, gathered to get their pre-season under way on Tuesday night.

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“It was exciting to be back,” Bovalino said.

“We only played in the grand final eight or nine weeks ago so it was a quick turnaround but to have close to 50 blokes on the track for the first night was very exciting and I was very pleased.”

He said many players had returned fit and firing.

“We did a 2km time trial straight up,” Bovalino said.

“Some of the times most of our guys, and even our younger guys, ran were very impressive for the first night.

“Quite a few of them took it upon themselves to do some training ahead of pre-season so for them to come back in that shape is very impressive.”

Noosa Tigers got their QAFL pre-season underway on Tuesday. Picture: Tigers Facebook
Noosa Tigers got their QAFL pre-season underway on Tuesday. Picture: Tigers Facebook

While Coast rivals Maroochydore have hit the ground with a strong focus on strength and conditioning, Bovalino said his pre-season goals would take a different route.

“We’re really keen to get the balls out and get in plenty of skill work,” he said.

“There will be some sessions where we will concentrate more on our fitness but our main focus is to bring up game sense and the competitive aspect in our pre-season pretty early.”

He said pre-season preparations wouldn’t vary too much to previous seasons despite moving into the top tier QAFL.

“Going up to the premier comp is going to be a big step but as far as the way we train and our standards, they’ve have always been pretty high at Noosa,” Bovalino said.

With the exception of Ben Collins and Shane Hutchinson who retired, Bovalino said the Tigers had maintained their roster.

Collins and Hutchinson haven’t gone too far, with both signing on in assistant coaching roles.

Former Sydney Swans midfielder Brett Meredith has also returned.

The club’s women also got their pre-season under way on Tuesday night with more than 30 turning out.