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Rockliff calls for united approach

Brisbane Lions player Tom Rockliff wraps up Brisbane Lions recruit Ben Hudson as they train at Noosa.
Brisbane Lions player Tom Rockliff wraps up Brisbane Lions recruit Ben Hudson as they train at Noosa. Geoff Potter, Noosa News

PRE-SEASON is all about team focus to Tom Rockliff.

The Brisbane Lions best and fairest award winner said he felt the pressure to go out and perform every week, but wasn't prepared to go it alone.

"I'm not going to go out there and try to break games apart by myself," Rockliff said.

"I need the boys next to me to perform, and they need me to perform. It's about 22 blokes contributing on the day and in this pre-season, we need 47 blokes contributing for 10 weeks and that's the most important thing for us at the moment."

Rockliff is in Noosa this week as part of a six-day training camp for the Lions.

Yesterday began with a team session at the Noosa Football Club before a beach recovery session at Main Beach.

Rockliff said there were already signs of healthy competition building between the players.

"It's going to build a good competitive environment and in the new year it will go up another notch probably," he said.

"I'd love to go to another level, and hopefully we can as a group, because it's definitely not about me. I want to play my first finals game this year and it's not about what I can do - it's about what the group can do."

This Friday, selected primary and secondary student leaders from across northern Sunshine Coast will be inspired by the Lions at a specially designed Leadership Seminar.

Brisbane Lions players will be talking to the student leaders about essential leadership qualities and what has helped them to develop personally and as a team.

Sunshine Coast AFL development manager Mark Kennedy said identifying leaders at a school level and encouraging them to tackle challenges in an AFL environment is something that is fun and everyone can learn from.

"Basically this is the first time that Primary and Secondary students will be attending the leadership event and it really is to identify male and female leaders that will play a part in the growth of the region," Kennedy said.

"The students will be playing AFL 9s and have a group session with the Brisbane Lions players to ask questions and explore leadership qualities."

 

Training Agenda

Tomorrow

Team training session at the Noosa Football Club in Noosaville followed by a beach recovery session at Main Beach, Hastings St, Noosa Heads.

Friday

The team will meet with student leaders from the Coast for a specially designed Leadership Summit.

Next week

A handful of players, including captain Jonathan Brown, Daniel Merrett, Simon Black and Jet Adcock will travel to Arizona for altitude training.

Topics:  afl, tom rockliff


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