Gold Coast Tour Diary – Day Seven


Day Seven

With Tuesday’s second Surf City Cup game against the Jets now very much just around the corner, today saw the players worked extremely hard during a double on-field session.

On the warmest day since the group arrived on the Gold Coast, the sweat was flowing as the squad toiled away through a variety of intensive drills.

Gold Coast training Day 7 - squad run

And the fatigued limbs meant even more work than usual for backroom staff members Chris Hutchinson and Sharon Bamber whose massage tables were the destination of choice for a host of players both between sessions and at the end of the day.

Chris Hutchinson and Neil Kilkenny

The group was, however, two members light following the departure of Brandon Wilson and Nick D’Agostino.

The duo have flown south to Sydney to link up with the rest of the Australia Under-23 squad ahead of their upcoming games friendly games against New Zealand to be played in Wollongong and Campbelltown.

In a rather touching development, the departure of their respective roommates has prompted Jake Brimmer and Dane Ingham to move in together rather than fly solo.

In other news, Tuesday’s opponent s Newcastle were at the Croatian Sports Centre in Carrara earlier today holding a coaching clinic for local youngsters, just as Glory did early last week.

Ernie Merrick’s men will be looking to bounce back against Glory having gone down 3-1 to Brisbane Roar in their first Surf City Cup game on Sunday afternoon.

That result means that the Queenslanders have already claimed the inaugural trophy, but Glory’s clash with the Jets remains a crucial pre-season hit-out for both sides with the start of the new Hyundai A-League campaign now less than six weeks away.