'Everyone will want to beat us': Swans stay positive
BUCKETS of sweat were shed as the Lismore Swans men's and women's team went through their first session of pre-season training.
At Nesbitt Oval in South Lismore, the players went through an intense round of warm-ups, drills, practising kicking, marking and tackling and then a much-needed cool down.
In between trainers passed around water-bottles and watermelon slices as players took advantage to rest their weary muscles.
At one end of the oval, women's coach Carl Merrison welcomed several new players to the team.
Merrison also held a recap of the team's winning grand final moves, manoeuvres and strategies, while the players took a moment to catch their breath.
"I'm really proud of the players and we have a great season ahead," he said.
"There's plenty more room for new players so come down and join us."
Captain Laura Small said the team is excited by the three new women who attended the training session.
"It's going to be a tough year as everyone will want to beat us," she said.
Across the oval, after a warm-up, some drills involving passing and hand-balling, the Swan's men's Joey Mitchell called the players together for a briefing on how the team was going to focus their play for the 2018 season.
After making it through to the first round of finals, the Swans who had suffered from lack of numbers and injury were out.
However, Mitchell's obvious passion for the game and his absolute belief the Swans can achieve a fantastic result through more training, focus and determination, means things will be different this year.
After a heart-felt pep talk, Mitchell then had the team play a speedy kick-to-kick while he assessed player fitness.
Men's captain Shaun King said the players were looking forward to getting back onto the field in 2018.
Meanwhile, men's team manager, Philip Tsourlinis said recruitment is ongoing and he encouraged anyone keen on sport to come along ans have a go.
"We currently have about 25 men signed up for the 2018 season but we want to get a pool of 40 players for the men;s and women;s sides." he said.
"No AFL experience necessary, our club's mission is about developing players no matter your level."
Tsourlinis said anyone interested in being part of the team off the field as well is really welcome.
"If you want to join us and get involved on game days in running out water, helping in the canteen or simply supporting the mighty Lismore Swans we'd love to see you," he said.