FIT AND FIRING: A fit Tom Hawkins will be joining his Geelong teammates for a pre-season training camp in Coffs Harbour. GEELONG ADVERTISER
FIT AND FIRING: A fit Tom Hawkins will be joining his Geelong teammates for a pre-season training camp in Coffs Harbour. GEELONG ADVERTISER Peter Ristevski

No time for Cats to relax during pre-season camp in Coffs

WHEN the Geelong Cats arrive in Coffs Harbour, don't expect to see many pairs of boardshorts in their luggage.

The players are here for nine days of hard work.

The Cats' football operations co-ordinator, Troy Selwood, said there won't be much time for relaxing.

"It's a really important training block for us pre-Christmas," he said.

"The team will be looking toward getting some kilometres in their legs as well as spending time working on some of our strategies and making sure we get our structures and systems right for next year."

Geelong will be the fourth AFL team in recent years to spend part of its pre-season using the facilities at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.

Following on from Hawthorn, Sydney and Essendon, Selwood said Coffs Harbour had plenty to offer the 2007, '09 and '11 premiers.

"It (Coffs Harbour) has been something that's been on our radar for a couple of years," he said.

"We've been aware that a number of other elite teams have trained there and the facilities are first class.

"We don't want to sacrifice the quality of our training and the facilities on offer at Pacific Bay means training can run just as smoothly as it would if we were at Simonds Stadium."

Having finished less than a straight kick from this year's AFL grand final, the entire Cats playing list has returned to the track fit and healthy.

  • OPEN TRAINING SESSIONS

The Cats will be holding four open training sessions at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. They are on Friday (9.30-11am), Saturday (9.30am-noon), Monday (9.30am-noon) and Thursday, December 19 (9-11.30am). The final session will include an autograph session and a player meet and greet.