Briersys Blog: Part 2
In Lee's latest update he shares a few anecdotes with us from inside the camp.
Wednesday 16th January
Up at 7am as I was booked in for a massage at 7.30 to get the old legs ready for a big day ahead. As I woke up Micky shouted to me 'are you up?' I replied 'you know what they say Micky, the early worm catches the bird'. Then it went silent I knew straight away that I'd got it the wrong way round and Micky was wondering if I was just trying to fool him. Then laughter broke out for about 3 minutes probably waking up everyone on site. (My excuse is that I'm not used to early starts).
Starting at 9am we were split into 3 groups again: weights/skills/wrestle. And by wrestle I don't mean WWF! This is full on contact. (Love it ......not) Some of the boys are way too big and strong for me. Ha! You can probably guess that out of the three sessions I like the skills one the most.
The afternoon session was another game-based session where we played against each other 13v13. We played 5 points for a try off a pass and 10 points for a try off a kick with the losers having to do conditioning after training. The intensity and competion was unreal. We decided as players we would all do the fitness at the end instead of just half of us. Just to give you a little insight into how far we have been running; when we train at home we would average about 7k in a big fitness session, here we are up around 11k so the boys are being put through it. We then had a stretch, swim and lovely ice baths. That night's dinner was a BBQ and let me tell you the the boys ripped in. Back in my room, Stef, Micky, Hilly, Coops and Bubble were watching Snatch!
Thursday 17th January
Well, the day had a funny start. It all started at 5.40am as I got up to go to the toilet. I then got back into bed trying to dose back off when I heard Micky get up. This was where my mischievous side came in. I crawled passed the toilet in the pitch black and I climbed into Mick's bed lying up against the wall waiting for him to return. It couldn't have worked out better as he climbed back in bed with his back to me and as he pulled the covers over him I reached over and put my arm round him. I wish I had an infrared camera because the speed he flew out of the bed screaming was one of the funniest things ever. There was no going back to sleep after that! The kitman next door had heard all this and asked what we'd been up to.
The day's training was different because instead of being split into groups in the morning we did light rugby. This was a blessing because there were some sore bodies knocking about. In the evening we had a meeting to discuss our offence play. The players and coaches are all striving to improve on last season, so no stone was left unturned as we discussed in minute detail all the facets of our play. It was also great to see some of the young lads speaking up and voicing their suggestions.
And this is what the team are missing back home: snow covered pitch at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
18, Jan, 2013