Life's a beach for Coff Swans
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE Sydney Swans reached the top of the AFL tree last year and in a bid to get the local Swans to the same position, coach Jeff Reed has chosen to take a different tack in the club's pre-season training this summer.
"The first month will be on the beach just for a change, something different," Reed said.
"If people finish work and think that it isn't too hot to go to training, at least they know that we're doing it at the beach and they can cool off."
The twice weekly grind that players find themselves in before they even get to kick a ball in anger is hopefully a bit more enjoyable over the next month as the Coffs Swans prepare to return to the finals fray after missing out narrowly in 2005.
"Just being down the beach is something different," Reed said.
"When you run around the oval all day, you get sick of doing that so for the first four weeks we're down at the beach doing something different.
"Whether it has been tried before or not, it seems like a pretty good idea and everyone seems to be happy with it."
The team started training on Monday night and will also be training on Thursday nights this month at the Jetty Beach location.
Reed returned to club last year to coach after spending time playing in Victoria and since his return has noticed a change in the culture of the club.
"We've probably got a few more families involved this year," Reed said.
"It's always been classed as the single man's club but I don't really class the Swans as that now with a few families involved, it's probably a bad perception of what the old days used to be."
Reed knows that something 'very simple' is the key to getting the Swans back to their best form for the big end-of-season matches.
"The six guys that are our best six have done their job, it's the other guys that need to step up now," he said.