Thompson leads team-mates home
THIS week the Webbers Retravision Cougars have their first official run against Berserker but that did not stop Jesse Thompson from leading his team-mates home in yesterday’s Harvey Norman 5 Race.
Thompson was the first Cougar to make it home, covering the five kilometre course in under 20 minutes.
The Cougars manager, Frank Murray, said the squad had used the event as a training run with the majority of players involved.
Recently arrived Fergus McIntosh was not too far behind Thompson while all players finished the course.
“Even the two goalkeepers (Tim English and Evan Wilkinson) did well,” he said.
A couple of players have already suffered minor injuries and they walked the distance.
“We finished the session off with a game of 5-a-side,” Murray said, reporting that he scored five goals during this activity.
Coach Brad Smith missed yesterday’s session but is pleased with the way his squad is coming together ahead of Thursday night’s run against Berserker at Elizabeth Park.
He said having a core of players from overseas had the squad buzzing.
“For the local guys it has become a challenge,” he said.
No longer are they able to assess their position against players they know, now players have to really compete for spots in the team’s starting line-up.
Competition becomes even tougher from Thursday when two more players from the United Kingdom arrive.
Smith admits he does not know what to expect from the latest arrivals but hopes one is a commanding figure for the centre of midfield.
“I hope we get somebody with a bit of drive,” he said.
Otherwise the squad is coming together well and Smith hints there could be a couple of surprises.
In the past, Joe Burke has been up front or playing as an attacking midfielder but Smith said Burke had asked to be looked at for one of the wide defensive roles.
In the past, goalkeeping is an area where the Cougars have struggled in training but now first choice keeper Tim English and Youth keeper Evan Wilkinson have the experienced Richie Buckle to work with.
A bonus for the squad is that Smith expects Buckle to be reserve keeper.
With the Cougars’ first game not until the end of March, Smith is hoping for more fixtures.
This week he will find out whether the Cougars have a friendly with the Brisbane Strikers while a trip to Moranbah to play the Whitsunday Miners is also scheduled. Once those dates are set down he hopes to approach local clubs for pre-season games.