- Tuesday 20 December 2016
Powerhouse club Hawthorn have finished their 10-day camp on the Sunshine Coast as they look to regain the AFL premiership in 2017.
The first of four AFL clubs to train on the Coast over the pre-season, the Hawks were based at Mooloolaba during their say and trained at the Maroochydore Multi-Sports Complex at Fishermans Road.
The highlight was an intense open training session in steamy conditions on Saturday morning.
The Hawks' fans were out in force to catch a rare glimpse of their favourites.
Veteran Shaun Burgoyne said the Hawks' "tough" training camp in the Queensland heat would give the club a great fitness base in a key part of its pre-season.
"That's one of the things where we come up and train in the heat and put the body under real stress. Our program steps up as well so the intensity lifts, and it's a good time to come away and bond with the group as well," he said.
"We get as fit as possible in this week-and-a-bit we're up here and we back off a bit over the break then come back after Christmas and get back into it."
Premiers Western Bulldogs, Richmond and Melbourne will come to the Coast in the New Year.