Photos (Top to Bottom): Zebras do a warm-up lap; Ryan Smith is back in training after knee surgery kept him out last season; Liam Scott, the former South Hobart player, trained with Zebras; Brett Andrews, the Kingborough Lions United midfield enforcer, was also at Zebras training; Senior coach Romeo Frediani issues instructions; Clarence United's Sam McIntyre in new surroundings; Romeo Frediani chats to some of his players; Sam McIntyre and Brett Andrews in a new environment; Sandra Chisholm, Romeo Frediani and Nick Lapolla prepare for the training session [PlessPix]
Tilford Zebras had Ryan Smith training last night after recuperating from a knee injury that kept him out of action all last season.
They also had Liam Scott (formerly of South Hobart), Brett Andrews (formerly of Kingborough Lions United) and Sam McIntyre (formerly of Clarence United) at last night’s training session.
Senior coach Romeo Frediani took the session, while director of football Nick Lapolla and reserves coach Sergio Pace were also in attendance.
“Pre-season is looking pretty good at the moment,” said Lapolla.
“We’ve been training since about the 16 November, so it’s probably about four weeks now.
“It’s looking pretty good so far.”
Lapolla confirmed that Zebras would be taking a side to Queensland next month.
“There’s a trip for the senior squad on the 26 January. It’s a four or five-day trip and we’re having training sessions there and two games.
“A game against Eastern Suburbs is one we’ve got teed up and Brisbane City looks like the other candidate.
“Mogul FC is another team we’re looking at for a game.
“It’s a just a bit of a trip away. The players have done the hard yakka and, instead of going north for the Steve Hudson Cup and playing other games, we thought we might take the boys up to Brisbane for a good four-day training session and two games at the same time.
“That’ll leave us a week and a half before the Summer Cup starts.”
Lapolla said he was enjoying his new role at the club.
“It’s going slowly at the moment,” he said. “It’s just making sure the teams and coaches are all up to date.
“My role at the moment is just to oversee Freddy [Frediani] and give him a bit of a hand when we can.
“Sergio Pace has come on as reserves coach, so he’ll be involved with senior pre-season training, and we’ll go from there.
“But, my role will probably start next year when all the teams start coming back, looking after all the coaches.”
Zebras had three goalkeepers training last night - Jason Voss, Troy Kaden and Frank Mainella.