The RTA SpeedBlitz Blues rookies have started their life as squad cricketers with pre-season training now in full swing under the guidance of new Fitness Trainer Paul Chapman. In addition to vigorous cardio sessions and weight training, the rookies yesterday took part in media training to prepare them for situations they might encounter this season.

The squad, consisting of Luke Doran, Tim Armstrong, Timm Van Der Gugten, Adam Zampa, Nic Maddinson and Joe Mennie were put through their paces by Presentation Skills trainer Steve Herzberg, who was also a former First class cricketer with Western Australia and Tasmania.

Topics covered included, public speaking, building a presentation, dealing with questions and preparing for interviews.

Further media sessions with the main squad involving former Channel Nine reporter Rachel Friend will take place in two weeks time.