Great job Nanny!
this week we are following a similar routine, no gym again...
wednesday games and skills
thursday field session
sat train - guest in to speak
sunday travel to the game
in the past we have travelled down to sydney for games the night before 3 times for 3 losses and 1 time on the day for a big win, as its such a long day leading into a night game we are going to use the emotion of the fans at the club to see us off to our advantage.
the trip is only 2 1/2 hrs we will have lunch and relax at a venue close to the ground before arriving at 4pm....
will do my best to post reports all week and after
first session back was yesterday (wed) we played a game of dodgeball, frisbee footy and egg throwing - safe to say the entire coaching staff hid from view when the eggs came out...
after this the players were on high then i said to the coach thats it for me they can go over and do your shit stuff now.
Today is a field session before we have friday off completely and a final session on saturday morning at home open to the public...
we have decied to travel down on the bus late saturday... the game has been moved forward to 5pm on Sunday so the waiting around on game day in sydney will be a few hrs shorter than normal.
I wasnt expecting to be able to get obline for the next few days so will bring everyone up to speed.
On sat morning we trained in newcastle with the session open to the public and well over 1000 people attended the session for autographs and photos.
we left the club at 4pm for the 3 hr trip to sydney with thousands of fans lining the streets all the way to the main freeway, it was truly amazing scenes and all the players got a huge lift from this, there were kids standing on car roof tops, people having front lawn BBQ's waiting for the bus, we went past a local cricket field and the game stopped and everyone clapped and cheered, there were cars escorting us all the way to sydney... i filmed alot of it our of the front window of the bus and will film parts of the weekend it will be great to look back on one day.
we only have 8hrs till kick off... we have a 10am light jog at tempo pace this morning at coogee oval its a practice we use at each away game with great success.
the boys are in great spirits and a little on edge once again this week we have been told we will not match them for fitness after 2 weeks of extra time, something we just love.
well as you know we won the grand final which was an amazing night.... thousands of fans packing a local sports ground at 12.45am in the morning in the rain to wlecome us home, something we all will never forget.
some interesting stats coming out of the season.
we had a squad of 23 players, this year we played 25 competition games our injury toll probably goes along way to saying why we won the competition.
from a total of 575 games between all the players, we missed a total of 25 games.
of these 25, 1 bench player made up 12 of these weeks from and age old knee problem.
6 weeks were from players injured on national duty or in national camps.
leaving a total of just 6 weeks lost throughout the season under our terms, our physio and massage guy deserve a huge wrap for the ability to keep the guys on the move.
i have a huge amount of behind the scenes footage i will post online soon.
Just wanted to say that this is a great thread Nanny, thanks for sharing your experience..
Congrats for the great achievement!!
And lucky you guys who have only 25 games in a season!
nanny, great thread.
Good luck in Beijing next week.
Hi Guys sorry its been a while i forgot all about this thread but have been busy with Soccer trips to the States re self education etc but i am back in business.
will back track a few weeks firstly with this newcastle herald article after we played a game in 42 degree heat 2 weeks back. for the americans here thats 107.6 faranheit.
Cooked Jets behind eight ball for Sydney
NEWCASTLE Jets strength and conditioning trainer Paul Nancarrow believes it will take an extra three days for the squad to recover after some players lost as much as 3.5 kilograms in the 1-0 loss to Wellington on Sunday.
Captain Matt Thompson was the most affected, dropping 3.5kg, and Tarek Elrich and Fabio Vignaroli lost 3kg each as temperatures reached 42 degrees at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
Players were visibly distressed in the sheds afterwards, and if not for two scheduled drinks breaks the loss of fluid would have been much higher.
"On average players lose two kilograms per game," Nancarrow said.
"If it wasn't for the drinks breaks they would have been looking at up to five kilograms. Fabio is not carrying much weight as it is. Sean Rooney was another who looked spent.
"I'd like to know at what point do they call the game off.
"If they are dehydrated there is a chance they could bring on an injury. That is the main concern. We do not want anyone still dehydrated tomorrow and risk picking up further injuries."
A training session yesterday was cancelled and players were ordered to rest.
"Normally it take 48 hours for the body to get back to where it can handle a step up in intensity," said Nancarrow, who has dealt with hydration issues in his role as national athletics coach in Chinese Taipei.
"After something like yesterday it could take an extra two to three days.
"We have another field session on Wednesday morning and then a gym session. If they are still flat we won't be able to do anything high intensity."
Jets coach Branko Culina said the extra recovery time was a concern heading into a crucial game against Sydney FC on Sunday at the SFS.
"If it is going to take two or three days extra to recover, that is a problem," Culina said.
"Maybe in hindsight I was bit too harsh on my players. I demanded more from them when the conditions did not allow.
"We will see how players pull up before we make a decision on what we will do for the rest of the week."
Players had ice baths, were given protein shakes and other energy drinks after the game to help speed up the recovery process.
Jets striker Labinot Haliti also lost three to 4kg during the match, but is confident the squad is professional enough to recover in time for Sydney.
"You've got to be prepared to play week-in, week-out," Haliti said.
"We'll have a long week now to prepare so every player will do the right thing, obviously in their own way and as part of the team.
"I think we're professional enough, so we should be all right."
After spending three years playing in Croatia, Albania and Poland, Haliti said the 42-degree temperature at EAS was the hottest conditions he had played in.
"For me, after being overseas for a while and coming back, I haven't experienced that sort of heat for a while," he said.
"It was hard, it was one of those games where you really have to push yourself."
Jobe Wheelhouse played 80 minutes of the game and refused to use the stifling heat as reason for the poor team performance.
"It wasn't the best conditions, but it wasn't an excuse for the way we played," Wheelhouse said.
"There's the old saying, 'It's the same for both teams', and more so it should have been an advantage for us because they're coming out of the cold.
"I don't think some of the boys wanted it bad enough."