THE Greater Western Victoria Rebels training squads have faced a testing and education day in Ballarat on Sunday.
All of the Wimmera’s training group attended the tests with some promising signs for the young footballers.
The day consisted of tests for agility, speed, vertical leap and the yo-yo test, an update on the old beep test.
AFL Wimmera-Mallee development co-ordinator Jason Muldoon said there were some good signs for the Wimmera contingent.
“The under-18s would have been through these tests last year but for the under-16 boys it was their first time and they tend to go in a bit starry eyed seeing all the running gates and that kind of thing,” he said.
“We had really good representation from the region and the group is tracking along really well with their fitness.”
Dimboola’s Mitch Jorgensen had a standout result in the 20-metre sprint.
He was the fasted over the short distance out of all the Rebels with a time of 2.88 seconds. Jorgensen stands at 198 centimetres.
“Mitch was the stand out for the day and he was very quick for such a big unit – it’s pretty imposing having a guy that big running that quickly,” Muldoon said.
“In the under-16s, Harley Pope was really good with the yo-yo test and he went into the high end of the 20s.”
The under-18s boys will have another testing day in Ballarat in January and then again after the final squad has been announced.
Muldoon said the Wimmera training squad for the Rebels, coached by Shayne Breuer, is tracking along well. The group has one more week of training before the Christmas break.
“We have this week of training and then they have a break until January 30. They will have programs to do over the break to keep up their fitness,” he said.
“Two weeks after we come back we will be straight into practice games, so it all rolls along quite quickly.
“They have trained really well. We have extended the drills to full-ground running, which is taxing with the weather being up and down.”
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