Embarking on a pre-season trip designed to bolster team comradery as well as test physical and mental strength, the Sea Eagles boarded the bus to Mount Kosciuszko in good spirits this morning ahead of their three-day camp.
Not even the thought of the six-hour long journey could dampen the mood as the players boarded the bus rather eager and excited.
The entire playing group left the club’s headquarters in Narrabeen as part of pre-season training and will return on Friday morning.
But in what shape? Only time will tell.
The players have been given little detail about what lies ahead, but Sea Eagles Head Conditioner Donny Singe is adamant the camp will help bring the playing group even closer together.
“All they know is that there is a mountain to climb but they don’t know how they’re climbing it and what they’ll be doing up there,” Singe said.
“They are pretty relaxed, bit apprehensive but pretty excited. We’re going to stop and have a visit to a couple of other elite team units on the way down and get down there and get the job done as a team.
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“The whole exercise is team building. That’s what we’re going down for.
“The men have worked intensively (during pre-season) and the volume of work has been very high. They actually deserve a break but we know in pre-season you can’t do that, so this is our idea of a break for them.”
Unfamiliar about the details of the trip, front rower Tyson Andrews hopped on the bus rather anxious but was looking forward to the test.
“It’s going to be good to get away from Narrabeen for a little bit and it’s a bit of a change I guess.” Andrews said.
“From what I’ve heard we are walking up Mt Kosciuszko, I think it’s about 30 kilometres or something, so it will be good bonding.
“It’s good to get away with the boys and it’s a good bonding session.”