Collingwood’s pre-season campaign has officially kicked off with the full squad hitting the track on Monday evening.
It was near perfect conditions at the Holden Centre as senior coach, Steve Symonds led his first training session in the black and white.
The session began with a quick group meeting before completing a 2km time trial.
Irish recruit, Sarah Rowe led the squad around the track from the very beginning and went on to take out the trial for the second year in a row. Also impressing was Steph Chiocci in second and Brit Bonnici finishing third.
The group then moved into some general skills drills before breaking up into line groups.
In her first AFLW training session in over a year, Chloe Molloy looked fit and showed some promising signs for what’s to come this season.
“Obviously (she had) a bit of nerves playing VFLW and getting back into it after having 12 months off but she got through that and we’ve seen her form progress as we’ve steadily gone through,” Symonds told the media on Tuesday.
“She ran strongly (Monday evening) and looks really confident.
“Talking to her she’s really keen to have some success and she's pretty keen to help drive that.”
Bri Davey also appeared in fine form as she took to the track for the first time as a Magpie.
“Bri’s a quality person for a start and not only that, she’s a fantastic footballer,” Symonds said.
“Collingwood obviously struggled with contested possessions last year and Bri (can help) solve that this season."
The team was also excited to be joined by the new draftees.
Northern Territory product, Machaelia Roberts was fast on her feet and even sold candy to some of her teammates with some exciting baulks at times.
Irish rookie, Aishling Sheridan was quick to bond with the group and offered good use of the ball under pressure.
The Pies will return to the track on Wednesday evening.
Day 1 complete ✔️ pic.twitter.com/WgaklIMqqR— Collingwood AFLW (@CollingwoodAFLW) November 25, 2019