THE MUGGY conditions on the Sunshine Coast didn’t deter the Blues, who embraced the trying Queensland conditions in their pre-season camp last week.
Putting together three of their biggest sessions in gruelling heat, Carlton negotiated the climate to come away from the camp ready to launch into season 2023.
On his first Sunshine Coast camp as a Blue, Adam Cerra admitted while it made things tough, it could only make the group more resilient.
“Training is challenging enough, but we’re not quite used to the humidity and the mugginess of the climate here,” Cerra said.
“It’s just making us tougher, which is a part of the challenge.”
Carlton held an open training in the middle of its training week, with a big turnout to no one’s surprise.
Over 300 people fronted up for Wednesday's session in Maroochydore: having only played one season in the Navy Blue, Cerra said there was no shortage of Carlton supporters wherever they went.
“What I took from last year in my first year being a Blue was how much support there is,” he said.
“Even at an away game on the other side of the country, they show up and they show up in numbers.”
One thing that caught Cerra’s eye on the camp was the performance of skipper Patrick Cripps, who Cerra said was once again leading the way after last year's Brownlow Medal.
“[Cripps is] looking great, he’s come back hungrier than ever,” he said.
“He’s still got that thirst for success and that’s what drives him.”