Hard work at camp pays off for Potter
Friday 16 November 2012 11:54 AM
Wests Tigers players could be forgiven for putting their feet up this weekend following an intensive four day camp in Wyong.
The NRL squad under the direction of Coach Mick Potter were put through a series of heavy training sessions ranging from boxing, wrestling, kayaking, weights, to field sessions in just their second week of pre-season training.
The picturesque backdrop of the Wyong River was the perfect place for the 5km round kayaking trip while there was no escaping from the ring if you happened to have climbed in with outstanding young Olympic boxer Jai Opetaia. Some of the players gave as good as they got but were in awe of Opetaia’s sheer punching power.
Potter said the Competitve Edge Training Camp run by Wests Tigers Physical Performance Manager Hayden Knowles at the All Sorts Fitness Centre proved very successful.
“I was looking to get some football nous, some camaraderie, and some good hard work ethic into our players,’’ Potter said.
“We have a lot to get through and by having a camp, we were able to condense it and extend our training. It was also a chance to look after the players by making sure they got the right nutrition.”
Utility Tim Moltzen said the exhaustive camp was what the pre-season is all about.
“The kayaking was mentally tough. It was a 2.5km trip to the bridge and then you had to turn around and head back,’’ Moltzen said.
“You go around the corners and look for the bridge but it wasn’t there. It was a lot further away than we anticipated.
“It was all a mental battle. You just had to keep pushing. It was certainly a tough workout.”
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