A touch of mystery proves winner for SASI's young hockey stars

A touch of mystery proves winner for SASI's young hockey stars

A chance to mix up the pre-season with a touch of boxing and training with other high-profile sports has been embraced by SASI's hockey scholarship athletes as they head into a new season


EXPECT the unexpected could well be one of the mottos for SASI's hockey scholarship athletes as they continue to pound out a gruelling pre-season campaign.

To freshen up the tough slog of training in the lead up to Premier League season beginning on March 23, athletes have taken part in training at the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) and slogged it out with gymwork and boxing at Anytime Fitness.

But there is little chance for the SASI squad to prepare for the weekly session beforehand as they are told to meet somewhere and then taken to their mystery location.

Coordinated by SASI Hockey Head Coach Tim White, the sessions aim to provide a break for the squad in the usual grind of pre-season.

"We were keen to mix things up a bit," White said. "Given the athletes train and are with each other a lot this was a chance to do something different.

"We thought doing a month of mystery sessions would be good and to do something different for the program.''

SASI athlete Angus Fry said he was enjoying the different approach to pre-season.

"Last week we went to SACA where the Redbacks are and it was really good to see what other elite sports do," Angus said.

"Jumping on the Wattbike was really good and the testing was hard. Then we moved into a bit of boxing. The sessions are high intensity and short stuff which got the sweat up.

"My upper body was feeling quite sore but I will recover.

''I think once the mystery sessions are finished I think I will feel quite fresh as we wouldn't have been using the sticks (hockey) as much as we would have in past seasons. We are still doing our regular sessions during the week so this is good.''

Angus, 19, a second year mechanical engineer student at Adelaide University, will line up for Adelaide in the coming Premier League season.

Angus is hoping to make the SA team for the under-21 national hockey titles in Lismore, New South Wales, between July 10 and 17. He also has set his sights on making the national under-21 squad.

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