A forward pocket in the Hoolangatta Hawks’ reserves side has surprised his teammates by showing up to pre-season training wearing a Power Balance band.
Dave Tonkins, 34, confirmed to The First Reserve that he wore the bright blue band to improve his athletic performance, and insisted that he’s “seen a definite improvement already”.
“It’s bloody phenomenal,” he said after training on Tuesday.
“You whack it on and suddenly you’re a new man. It’s definitely worth the forty bucks I paid for it.”
His teammates were reportedly less convinced. Brett Burgess, who plays alongside Tonkins in the B’s, expressed scepticism.
“I really don’t see how a rubber bracelet can make you a better footballer,” Burgess said.
“I was under the impression that the whole Power Balance thing was a scam … but if he reckons it helps, then I guess it doesn’t hurt.”
Tonkins finished third-last in the 3km time trial, prompting further suggestions that the band is ineffective. These suggestions were adamantly rejected by Tonkins.
“I struggled a bit in the time trial, but did you see me in that handball drill at the end? All of my handballs were on the tit — except that one to Dipper, but that was only because the sun was in my eyes.”
When asked how Power Balance bands actually work, Tonkins muttered something about “magnetic fields” and “holograms”, before referring our reporter to the company’s website for further information.
Tonkins is pushing for A-Grade selection this season. Hawks’ coach Bob Benson was tight-lipped about Tonkins’ chances, saying that he intends to “just take it one week at a time”.