Painful preparations - Australian Rugby league News
Backglobalrugbyleague - Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:11:00 GMT
Every team eventually has one but no coach could ever warm to an off-season from hell where you feel like you’re playing the Milton Bradley game “Operation”.
The game consists of an “operating table” on the board lithographed with a comic likeness of a patient (nicknamed "Cavity Sam") with a large, red light-bulb for his nose.
But which Storm player is the patient? That’s where Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has an abundance of choice.
Eleven Storm players, including four from the 2008 Grand Final team, have had post-season surgery on injuries to shoulders, knees and toes but not heads.
Wingers Anthony Quinn (ankle), Steve Turner (knee) and forward Jeff Lima (knee) may not be available for any of the club’s three trial matches with another six players not part of the 22-man squad ahead of tonight’s trial game against the New Zealand Warriors in Hamilton.
Even an astute mastermind such as Bellamy will be tested by such a scenario.
“It’s probably been nearly our toughest pre-season with all the operations”, Bellamy admitted. - Read More, Here