As pre-season morphs into the real thing the Cows continue our preparation to defend the premiership trophy. Jarrad McVeigh, Dan Hannebery, Dion Prestia and Brad Crouch are currently problematic for round one but that simply presents an opportunity for fringe players to put their hands up for game time. Seasoned track watchers are very taken by youngsters Harry Morrison and Ollie Hanrahan with talk that at least one, if not both, will be picked for round one. Brandon White is showing real determination, plugging away while knowing that time in the magoos is probably his lot early on. Everyone at the Bulls Hit knows why Paul Hunter joined the club and it will point to a good year if he does not get a guernsey. Last week Mitch Robinson presented a scintallating lecture on the "History and Importance of Pig Hunting to the Cow's Culture." Absolutely spell binding - excerpts will be used in future team talks. He followed that up a couple of days later with a take off of Macca's efforts as a male model. The skit, while a little raunchy for a late night slot on national TV, certainly contributed to another successful team building session.