Preseason ramps up for Pumas

The Maryborough Pumas are back for season 2020 with newly appointed coaching duo Terry Hillier and Wayne Walsh (not pictured) hoping that a well supported preseason will help the over-35ʼs side get some more consistent wins on the board.

A new coaching team has brought with it a new focus on fitness for Maryborough’s over- 35 AFL Masters football side, the Pumas.

The Pumas have enjoyed a sharper and more intense pre- season since Castlemaine and Campbells Creek veteran Wayne Walsh joined Terry Hillier as co- coaches for season 2020.

Maryborough has made a habit of sluggish starts over the past few AFL Masters Vic Country seasons, with the majority of the Pumas’ wins coming in the second half of each season.

Hillier said there had been a more structured approach to training and stronger numbers at Princes Park compared with previous seasons.

“It’s still footy for fun, but it’s more fun if you give yourself every chance to play well,” he said.

“Having better numbers at training makes a big difference. The last few years it’s probably taken three or four rounds of footy before things have started to gel.

“Most of the blokes who have been around for a few years would agree it’s possibly been the best preseason they’ve had.”

While physical fitness and health has been given greater emphasis than previous years, Hillier said the most important benefit of masters footy was mental health and well-being.

For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, March 10

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