Falcons 'chewed up' in gruelling pre-season training camp
RUGBY LEAGUE: A gruelling pre-season training camp in the rain near Pomona is expected to steel the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the state league season.
The squad was put through its paces during the weekend by head coach Craig Ingebrigtsen and his support staff.
"We had a massive camp that really tested them out. We went out bush and it was really tough," he said.
The players started with footy drills but soon found themselves on a lengthy hike hauling logs.
Map reading, obstacles, running, problem solving and mountain climbing were the order of the day, amid torrential rain.
"They did about 35km in about eight hours. They got chewed up and did a lot of work," Ingebrigtsen said.
"For them to get through something like that was pretty big.
"The weather made it even tougher."
Ingebrigtsen was eager to test his charges under challenging circumstances and for them to learn from it.
"That was the thing, to find out more about yourself, about how far you can push yourself and to know who was going to be right beside you when it got tough, like it will later in the year," he said.
"It was strenuous on their mind as well as on their body, so it was pretty good."
Meanwhile, Ingebrigtsen said the Falcons were struggling to lock down a quality halfback.
"There's just none around but other than that we're in good spirits," he said.
Brentt Warr, who starred for Noosa's premiership-winning team in the Sunshine Coast competition last year, has the inside running.
But local teenager Jack Wright has impressed in pre-season training and has emerged as a bolter.
"He's been really good, so he's putting his hand up but other than that we're really struggling...we're just really skinny in that area," the coach said.
"We need a half obviously and we just don't know if we're going to get one so we'll have to wait and see."
The Falcons will benefit from the services from Melbourne Storm contracted players during the season but it remains to be seen who they will be.