Passionate Cats fan Levi Gallagher received a new cap for Christmas from Daniel Menzel and Nathan Vardy. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Passionate Cats fan Levi Gallagher received a new cap for Christmas from Daniel Menzel and Nathan Vardy. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Cats draw a crowd in final open training session in Coffs

WHO knew there were so many Geelong supporters on the Coffs Coast?

The navy blue and white hoops were out in force this morning as more than 100 people made their way down to the Coffs Coast Sport & Leisure Park's No1 oval to see the Cats go through their paces in the club's final open training session of their nine-day training camp.

When the session the players were more than happy to sign autographs and pose for pictures with the fans who made the effort to come and see them.

Not all of the supporters were locals though.

The Bates family came down in force from Goondiwindi - about a seven hour drive - to watch their favourite football team go through its paces.

Young Levi Gallagher got a special surprise when Cats stars Daniel Menzel and Nathan Vardy presented him with an early Christmas gift of a Ctas cap and T-shirt.

The Geelong players worked hard on the track though.

Enjoying the fact it was only 25 degrees today in Coffs Harbour while it was a sizzling 39 back in Geelong, the players took some time to get plenty of kilometres into their legs in between game simulation drills.

Brownlow medallist and premiership hero Jimmy Bartel said being in Coffs Harbour this week has been a blessing.

"It's a beautiful climate up here, it's always mid-20 degrees and the lads have all been getting to the beach and just enjoying each other's company," Bartel said.

Now into his 13th year with 249 games under his belt, Bartel has enough experience under his belt to see the benefits of the training camp in Coffs Harbour.

"It's been fantastic, I think as a group we've really enjoyed it. It's a good mental break away from your own club," he said.

"I think it's allowed the young guys to really bond together with the senior guys."

The Cats will be returning home tomorrow after one final morning training session ahead of their Christmas break.