Suns bust guts in Arizona camp

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 07 November 2012 | 14.43

Gold Coast players are going through a gruelling pre-season camp in Arizona. Picture: Adam Head Source: The Courier-Mail

PREPARING for the unexpected was today's theme as the Suns squad was put through four hours of gut-busting running in Arizona.

Sprints, trail running and intense football drills made up the bulk of the session, which was split into four slots to simulate four quarters in a match.

But new high performance manager Stephen Schwerdt didn't stop there, adding an 'extra time' 30-minute run to end the tough morning.

Schwerdt said the unexpected jog was included to help prepare players for any situation on game day.

"The game can produce unexpected situations," Schwerdt said.

"Whether there are no goals scored and the play goes continuously for 10 minutes or you are playing in a final and it goes to extra time.

"There are various different types of things that are unexpected and you just need to prepare yourself mentally for that.

"So sometimes at training you need to expose players to things that they didn't think were coming up."

The majority of the squad past today's acid test with flying colours.

And Schwerdt said the way the players handled the extra work load summed up the attitude on the camp.

"We try to educate the players how to react to things when they are put under a bit of adversity," Schwerdt added.

"Not to moan or groan about it and rather to get on and do it.

"That's been the theme of the camp and whatever we have served up they have coped with."

Matthew Warnock described today's session as the toughest of the camp but the experienced defender lauded Schwerdt for his communication skills.

"He explained to us how (the extra running) would help us in a game and it helped the boys get each other through," Warnock said.

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