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Heads hit the track

Barwon Heads was one of the first local football clubs to return to training this week. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BARWON Heads co-coach Mitch Herbison’s confidence the 2020 BFL season will go ahead is growing.

The reigning premier returned to training on Tuesday night, and Herbison said the easing of restrictions and the likely expansion of group training numbers from next week is fuelling his optimism.

“I’m more confident this week than I was last week,” he said.

“But a lot of things have to fall into place, so we’ll have to wait-and-see.”

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Among those training at Howard Harmer Oval was former Hawthorn player Teia Miles.

Miles, who had planned to play this year with Geelong’s VFL team, may find himself wearing the royal blue and white for the first time since 2013 if the season goes ahead.

Falcons-listed quintet Charlie Brauer, Archie Hildebrandt, Sam Witherden, Oli Wiltshire and Flynn Young also took the opportunity to hit the track.

“Everyone was pretty excited to get back out and train with guys they probably hadn’t seen for a couple of months,” Herbison said.

“From that side of things, it was really good to see the group and catch-up socially.

“And from a fitness point-of-view, get out and have a run and get our touch and our skills back.”

Herbison said limiting ten players to one half of the ground as part of COVID-19 restrictions was “manageable”.

And as a result of the smaller groups, his players worked hard during their first session back.

“In the hour session, you’re probably getting 200 kicks in and plenty of touches,” he said.

“So from that side of things, it’s really good, especially early on in this new pre-season that we’re experiencing, it’s good to find the footy a little bit more.”.

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