CHICHESTER’S Mike Kelly is hoping to take another step this weekend towards playing for the GB Aussie rules team against Australia.
Some 21 GB Bulldogs players were involved in a training camp hosted by Surrey Sports Park, with Kelly - the deputy manager at Chichester Racquets and Fitness Club - among them.
He said: “The first day involved the same fitness testing which took place in November to ensure all players had improved on their previous results following the four-month long training programme given to them.
“I improved on all my results, particularly in core strength and jump height. All the other players improved their scores dramatically.
“The second day started with a morning-long skills session, followed by a bike time trial, in which I almost halved my time. There was a spinning class, followed by a circuit class, before we all finished with a swim and a briefing for this weekend’s game versus London Swans.”
A 23-man squad full of hopefuls for the International Cup in Australia will take on AFL London team the Swans at the Shoreditch Oval.
Kelly, who has had injury problems in the past, said: “I’m hoping my knee will hold out although it was sore at the weekend! I’ve been given a strict recovery programme and again been told to avoid too much impact training that will stress the knee.”
The Bulldogs will also take on London Allstars at the Harrow School on April 12 – the curtain-raiser for the Australian Institute of Sport’s game against the European Legion.
Kelly was delighted last week to see AFL trending on Twitter in the UK - it followed the start of the AFL season proper and the Wimbledon Hawks featuring on a BT Sport show with Tim Lovejoy and Matt Dawson.