16th April 2012
The Aussie Stingers squad of 17 had a training camp at Sutherland, Sydney from Easter Monday through to Friday. It was an intense training block which included gym, training games and the dreaded swim testing – 5x400m on descending times to maximum effort. We wear hear rate monitors with battery packs so the coaches can see the live feed of how hard we’re working. I have a shoulder injury that blew up for the first time in this test, so I didn’t complete the last 400m. This didn’t stop my heart rate maintaining above 98% for 18 minutes…yes I was buggered!!
Lots of physio treatment and rehabilitation exercises kept me going, and we headed to Canberra to play the ‘All Stars’ game at the Australian Institute of Sport. The two All Stars teams were made up of the best of the best – choses from all National League teams around Australia – one Southern Team and one Northern team (my team). We certainly kept the massive crowd on the edge of their seats, with the result only decided in the last 30 seconds. Unfortunately the Southern Team were the victors, but it was a great experience, and a great event for Australian Water Polo.
We are now at home until National League Finals at the end of April…can we, the Brisbane Barracudas make history in becoming the first team to win four in a row? Tune in next time to see…
Ciao for now