The North Ballarat Roosters playing group used a trip to Lorne last weekend to address some key issues and bond the group together as the VFL season draws near.
The camp was largely devoted to building relationships within the group as well as discussing the elephant in the room over the past few months – the future of the Roosters in the VFL.
Coach Marc Greig said the group had been extremely strong through the difficult and uncertain time, but stressed the negative undertones surrounding the club in the lead-up to the season effects each players differently.
“They’ve been stronger than what I thought,” Greig said.
“It was more relationship building...footy and coaching is all about relationships.
“It’s hard to care for someone if you don’t know anything about them.
“We had a chat about it at the camp – all the stuff that’s been going on – it effects all of us, even though it’s out of our control it does effect all of us. We had a good discussion and went through what we did know and control what we can control.
“Whatever happens happens, it’s easier said than done sometimes, but that’s the reality of what we’ve got to do, we don’t want to waste energy thinking about what might happen.
“We’ll be as fit and as strong as we can be (for round one) because we haven’t let it distract us.”
Greig said the group had one of its best training sessions at Lorne, without the distractions, and would be primed for the round one clash with Richmond on April 16.