Saints start training for 2019
AUSSIE RULES: It is five months until the first bounce of the 2019 AFL Darling Downs season and the South Burnett Saints are making moves to ensure they will be playing for the win.
The Saints men's and women's teams will start official pre-season training next week.
The club is welcoming new and returning players to their training sessions.
The Saints men's team are taking a different path with their coaching and training this season, with the appointment of a five person coaching and mentoring panel.
Former player Clinton Brown will take on the role of training and game plan responsibilities and is looking forward to working towards next season.
"We are looking to get an early start to our preparations this year, working on tactics, skills and fitness in the lead up to the new year” said Brown.
Training for the men's team will commence at 5.30pm on Monday, 26 November at the Kingaroy State School oval on Alford Street.
"Training will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays to start with as we want to show respect to some of the players who also play cricket,” Brown said.
"We are also using the school facilities just to change things up a bit and keep the players fresh.”
Training will revert to the traditional Tuesday and Thursday nights and to the Saints home ground at Lyle Vidler Oval closer to the start of the season.
The Saints men's coaching panel also consists of football coaches Paul Presnell, Adam Branch and Heath Kassulke, while Layla Gordon will be providing fitness and conditioning coaching.
The women's team will officially commence their pre-season at the Maidenwell Sports Ground at 10.30am on Sunday, 2 December.
The team will be jointly coached by Andrew Foley, Dan Trace and Damon Meadows.
For the first time this season the Saints will be offering two training venues for the women's team.
The Wednesday training sessions in the pre-season will be held at Memorial Park in Kingaroy and at the same time at Newtown Park in Toowoomba.
According to Foley, having a Toowoomba based option will provide training opportunities for Saints players who do not reside in the South Burnett.
"Last season we had players from Toowoomba, Dalby and other centres who liked playing for the Saints but were missing training opportunities,” he said.
"There are also some players who just like playing for a country club and not a city one. So we are trying to fill a gap for some of our existing players, as well as attract some new players. We don't know how it will go but we hope it will be a winner.”
Trace will oversee the Kingaroy-based sessions, whilst Foley and Meadows will run training in Toowoomba.