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Swans embrace Sydney downpour

Luke McManus  January 6, 2016 4:25 PM

Heeney ramps up training - January 6, 2016 Issac Heeney speaks to SwansTV during a wet training session in Sydney.
Isaac Heeney and Toby Nankervis leave a we oval during Wednesday's session.

Isaac Heeney and Toby Nankervis leave a we oval during Wednesday's session.

Isaac Heeney has embraced the downpour currently drenching Sydney, saying the deluge has provided an ideal opportunity for the Swans to refine their wet weather football.

Heeney, who has progressed to moderate skill work in his recovery from knee tendonitis, took part in Wednesday’s session which comprised of skill-based drills and countless laps at UNSW’s David Phillips Sport Field in Daceyville.

The rain was relentless, never easing throughout the two-hour session with a majority of the group having to contend with a heavy ball, slippery hands and sodden boots.

The 19-year-old enjoyed the trying conditions, saying the change of pace kept everyone thinking.

“It was a bit of a slush pit out there,” Heeney told SwansTV following the session.

“But I’m happy we’re on the field though as we get to focus on our wet weather skills.

“(The ball) is like a cake of soap and your shoes weigh about two kilos each. It is difficult and a lot different to dry weather, hence why we’re out here and not undercover.

“Horse (John Longmire) likes focusing on that wet weather, one-grab footy.”

A number of Sydney suburbs have recorded more than 100 millimetres in the past 24 hours, extraordinary levels rarely seen even during the usual wet and wintry months of footy season.

Despite the difficulty, there was no going easy on the players during the session with the coaching staff cracking down hard on miskicks and sloppy handballs.

The Swans will again be put to the test with more rain predicted before Friday’s session.

“The coaches do challenge us (to get the skills right), big time,” Heeney added.

“We treat it like dry weather footy…we’ve got to be clean and really composed with the footy.”