DOG DAYS: AS SUMMER ROLLS ON, IT’S BACK TO BASICS IN THE ‘BURG

DOG DAYS: AS SUMMER ROLLS ON, IT’S BACK TO BASICS IN ‘BURG

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St. Petersburg 2016 ROY Austen Kugler applies the tackle in Ft. Lauderdale, July 8. PHOTO: Katherine Matson.

With the calendar about to flip from July to August, two things are assured: The coming month will bring the road home for the AFL Premiership; and the summer heat in Florida will be in full force.

Even as the club lost a training session last week to a series of late-July thunderstorms, the St. Petersburg Swans training and practice regimen has been a consistent bellweather of the side’s on-field outcome. August will be no different.

The club’s training and practice sessions continue this evening on the Common at Crescent Lake, with interim Senior Coach Matt Elliott looking to instill greater attention to fundamentals at the Thursday session.

With greater Saturday numbers, it will be more of the same – plus the added challenge of a post-training scrimmage under what’s sure to be a blazing Florida sun.

Midday temperatures in St. Pete have been well above 100 degrees over the past several weeks, with record heat expected this weekend.

The club will be pushing for endurance under those tough conditions in looking for a competitive edge, heading into a footy-packed late summer.

Tonight’s session begins at 6 PM, and Saturday’s training is set for 10 AM, with a scrimmage expected to begin at 11 AM. Both sessions are on the Common at Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg.

All trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level.

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