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Imo another example of warriors getting it right. It can't be all about game a balance on and off field has to be found. When you look at it coach and team are both seeking redemption and need to embrace these interactions as well as being the right thing to do.

I may be wrong as it is early days but from afar Elliott seems a good fit for the warriors?
 
Imo another example of warriors getting it right. It can't be all about game a balance on and off field has to be found. When you look at it coach and team are both seeking redemption and need to embrace these interactions as well as being the right thing to do.

I may be wrong as it is early days but from afar Elliott seems a good fit for the warriors?
M.E is smart enough to see the talent placed before him.

He is also smart enough to see why such talent was totally inefficient in 2012.

He and his team will lead our boys to the promised land!

What they do when they get there is anyone's guess. :rolleyes:
 
New coach, new players, new attitude towards spending money (if it helps the team, spend it), hardout training...

What was it that wise men said?

We're almost there.

We've got the team to win. We don't need anybody.
 
Imo another example of warriors getting it right. It can't be all about game a balance on and off field has to be found. When you look at it coach and team are both seeking redemption and need to embrace these interactions as well as being the right thing to do.

I may be wrong as it is early days but from afar Elliott seems a good fit for the warriors?
It has taken them a long time to get it right. They are obliged under their franchise contract to commit a certain amount of time ], effort and money to the community. I remember a few years back when they were fined for NOT meeting their minimum requirements. It does seem to be a good year so far. They are finally branching outside Auckland on and off the field. They appear to be embracing the "New Zealand" part of their name. And it is good to see a little appreciation shown to these 2 poor cousins who have supplied us with the majority of our talent.
 

mt.wellington

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Vodafone Warriors to visit Samoa and Tonga

Richard Becht
Thursday 24 January 2013 3:35 PM
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On the plane to Samoa. Stacey, Wiki, Mannering and Ropo...
 
As I have said before, Rugby is 95% perspiration, and the rest is skill and tactics and luck (quote from Colin Meads). On a similar theme Kip Keino, the Kenyan long distance runner said 'The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare'.

The guys have to play the 80, their fitness will have to be right. Injuries are in the lap of the Gods, if they prepare well and have good systems and believe in those systems they will do some damage.

Competition is wide open. All I can predict is that a good team will be wooden spooners. Really, it could be anybody. IMO it will be determined by injuries and squad depth, both ends of the table.l
 
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mt.wellington

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Warriors invest in hi-tech advantage
BEN STANLEY
Last updated 11:09 03/02/2013

Forget the days of sportsmen just spending hours in a sweaty gym, running hundreds of kilometres around a practice field, and huffing and puffing as trainers bark orders at them climbing up hills for pre-season training.

Modern sport is different. All those older techniques are still employed - don't worry - but these days, professional sports teams employ more science to give them the edge.

During the NRL off-season, the Warriors joined the scientific revolution in rugby league. In two weeks, a selected few will be able to walk into a club gym unlike any seen before under Mt Smart Stadium's main stand.

At one end will sit an expensive hypoxic chamber, designed to replicate the effects of training at high altitude.

Monitors will dot the walls, relaying the heart rates and fitness data of players as they walk into the room. A $59,000 anti-gravity treadmill, which effectively reduces the athlete's body weight - allowing an enhanced speed of recovery for rehabbing players, will be in use.

Surrounding gym apparatus will be top of the line - featuring top pieces used by pro American football teams, and others designed by Warriors trainers themselves.

The hypoxic chamber was installed three weeks ago, with most of the rest of the gym to be fully functional by the middle of this month.

For an idea of what the finished product might look like, think what the likes of top American football college programmes, such as Notre Dame or Alabama, have to use, Warriors head trainer Carl Jennings said.

"We're not just kitting a gym out with equipment we're not going to use," he told Sunday News.

"This stuff is the high-end equipment that is built for functional strength development. It's not about just getting big and strong - it's about developing functioning, strong, athletic rugby league players."

The seeds of the redeveloped approach to the scientific side of getting the best out of the Warriors players were sown in July when co- owners Sir Owen Glenn and Eric Watson announced their plans to create one of the top sporting franchises in Australasia.

The level of investment into the Warriors training facility has been impressive - even though Glenn admitted he struggled to understand what a hypoxic chamber even did when first told about it.

"It was the first time I'd ever heard of it," Glenn said. "In fact, I had to look it up. But they told me how important this high-altitude training is. It's getting to that stage where in professional sport, you have to go to the extremes.

"It's not just natural talent - it's about giving our 13 players the best opportunity to beat the other 13. I heard about in the lead-up to the grand final last year putting lamb's blood in to the players -
I think that's all a bit extreme, but we're giving them the best shot."


The new hypoxic chamber puts the Warriors on a even footing with a number of other NRL clubs who have it in use.

"With recovery and preparation, it has a profound effect on the athlete," Jennings said.

Jennings and his four-person team, including sports science manager Brad Morris and assistant trainer Ruben Wiki, spend about six hours a day training the Warriors players, and another six analysing data, producing reports and having meetings.

"We spend hours and hours trying to develop the athlete that, in that high pressure moment, makes the crucial play," Jennings said.

"[The NRL] is probably the toughest sporting league in the world in terms of what the athletes have to go through, physically and emotionally.

"What we need to ensure is we develop athletes that are really competitive from day one. As the year progresses, keep them on the park, and get them to the end of the year in relatively good shape."

Ultimately, the scientific side of league comes down to the little things.

All players in the NRL are super-fit - but investment in training, to the extent the Warriors are preparing to do, creates athletes with that extra step of pace or added second of time on the footy paddock. Small things that create title contenders.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/8256834/Warriors-invest-in-hi-tech-advantage

Good to see the owners putting their money where their mouths are. Sounds like the training staff (Morris, Jennings and Wiki) are earning their keep. Hope all the data they compile are actually put to good use and not just pointless paperwork to justify their jobs. Hurry up round 1!!!
 
Injuries are in the lap of the Gods

True, to a large extent, but lack of fitness or poor recovery is going to leave bodies more susceptible to injuries that would otherwise not occur. I've really tried to not dwell on the past, but the more I think about what looked like a distinct lack of pre-season urgency last year, the more I hate what Bluey did with the team, and hate the fact that he didn't get pulled into line by the owners and CEO.