Slim Pav slices record
Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has shaved a massive 20 seconds off his personal best 3km time trial and will enter his 13th season in peak condition.
Under new coach Ross Lyon’s demanding pre-season regime, Pavlich is one of many Fremantle players to have slimmed down and recorded career-best running times.
The 30-year-old, who is expected to spend more time in the forward line this season, played down his own summer results and said there had been improvements across the board at Fremantle.
“There’s a kilo, maybe two or so (that I’ve lost), but I guess when you’re talking really fine increments it is significant,” Pavlich said on Tuesday as the club announced a major sponsorship extension with Woodside.
“By some of the time trials and some of the other physiological elements that we measure, I’ve been able to improve on them individually.
“I think it’s important to note that there’s been 45 other players that have made really large steps in their game … I’m one of 45 that have really either matched their PBs or improved them.”
Fremantle will showcase its 2012 squad and offer a glimpse into Lyon’s game plan at an intra-club match to be played at Patersons Stadium on Friday night.
The club will field roughly 35 players, with a selection of WAFL footballers to make up the numbers, and Pavlich said supporters could expect to see a “hungry team ready to attack the NAB Cup”.
“I think you’ve seen a real appetite for work and a hunger for success,” Pavlich said of Fremantle’s pre-season.
“Ross brings a new attitude to the football club, but we have a lot of pride within each other and a lot of proud footballers.
“Not only has Ross brought that attitude, but there’s a couple of guys that are unsatisfied from their footy years last year, and together we’ve really worked hard.”
Pavlich said he had been impressed by Lyon and the priorities he has a coach.
However, the captain said changes to the game plan under the former St Kilda boss had not been significant.
“Players like Stephen Hill, Nick Suban, Zac Clarke have been under a similar type of game plan for a few years now,” he said.
“It’s just that it’s being implemented with a bit more consistency and clarity and these guys have matured in their own bodies and are therefore able to adhere to that game plan a bit more.
“We’re really satisfied to this point that we’ve done a large amount of work to get us to a satisfactory level. Now it’s time to play games against opposition to really see where we’re at.”
Fremantle announced on Tuesday that Woodside had renewed its partnership with the club for a period of four years from 2013 to 2016, with a focus on supporting the club’s Indigenous programs.
Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said the new deal was a positive endorsement of the club’s direction and strategic plan.
“We have built a strong foundation in the first two years of our partnership, helping Woodside meet brand, community and staff engagement objectives,” Rosich said.
“Our new agreement will see Woodside continue alongside Programmed Group as a co-major sponsor, as well as assuming the mantle as the club’s inaugural Indigenous program partner.
“This will see the implementation of a number of new community initiatives in 2013, including work on a club reconciliation action plan.”