World middleweight boxing champion Sam Soliman (left) puts Camperdown footballer Grant Place through his paces.CAMPERDOWN will be fighting fit for this weekend’s Hampden league pre-season cup after powering through a training session with world middleweight boxing champion Sam Soliman.
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The Magpies welcomed Soliman to the Leura Oval nest last week for exhaustive endurance, boxing and kickboxing drills.

No stranger to training football teams, Soliman dictated a training session that he uses for Collingwood and Richmond players, as well as himself.

About 30 Magpies took part in the session on Friday evening, in front of some curious supporters.

Camperdown coach Bernard Moloney said players were pushed to their limits.

“They did a lot of boxing and conditioning work,” he said.

“Sam really pushed them past a comfortable level, letting them know they could get through it.

“It will help them with their contact footy.”

The Magpies will first face traditional Hampden rival Cobden in this Saturday’s Four10 Cup at Port Fairy, before battling Warrnambool and District league side Panmure.

It will be a telling hit-out for Camperdown, which has fine-tuned its game over the pre-season.

“We’ve worked on the things I believed we needed to work on, (including) skill work and conditioning,” Moloney said.

“We’ve definitely picked up in those areas.”

Gun recruits Luke Mahony and Heath Moloney will be on display in the midfield and ruck respectively, as will a crop of teenagers fresh from under 18s.

“We’re just using it to find out how our younger players are adjusting to the new way we’re playing,” Moloney said.

“You can play as many intra-club practice matches as you like, but to come up against quality opposition, it’s a good chance to see where you stand.”

Meanwhile, after putting the Magpies through their paces on Friday, Soliman conducted further group training sessions across the south-west on Saturday.

Camperdown-based martial arts instructor Tania Rowan, who organised the visit, said it was a special opportunity for the region.

“It was great to see locals supporting events like this,” she said.

“We had Sam come down so people could have the opportunity to train with someone of his calibre and they weren’t disappointed.”

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