by Holly Slattery
More rain has drenched the Bond football fields but is yet to dampen the morale of the Bull Sharks who have had to get creative with their training ahead of Saturday’s AFL games against Coolangatta and Maroochydore.
From boxing to indoor cricket, the men’s and women’s teams have tried their hand at a range of indoor activities to maintain fitness, strength and motivation off the back of last weekend’s wet weather cancellations.
Captain Paris Lightfoot has made it her mission this week to keep spirits high in the lead-up to the women’s away game against Maroochydore.
“We’ve had to be pretty adaptable with our training and get creative with what we’ve been doing,” she said.
“We’re still trying to get some skills in and lots of fitness work, and tomorrow night we’ll be doing a gym session indoors because we’re not able to get out on any field.
“At the moment it’s just about being together as a group and keeping up the good group vibe in training heading into this weekend’s game."
Although disappointed about last week’s game against Southport being postponed, Lightfoot says the Bond side is motivated to post some good results in a strong season of competition.
“We really wanted to get the win on the weekend and get in the way of (Southport’s) winning streak," she said.
“We were always building to play Southport and we kind of structured our program in preparation for those sorts of big games, so now we will keep building until we finally play them.
“But every week we’ve got to prepare as if it’s going to be a competitive game because everyone’s pretty strong this year.
“We haven’t played (Maroochydore) this season yet but usually they’re one of those strong teams and every time we play them it’s a really competitive game.
“I think having had last week off, that pent-up excitement will be good.”
The men also stayed off the field last Saturday, missing out on their second clash of the season with the Robina Roos.
This Saturday the men’s team will take on Coolangatta at Exim Oval from 2pm, while the women will head to the Sunshine Coast to face Maroochydore at 4.45pm.