Thanks for the article.
Goes to show the importance of turnovers and how you play.
More likely to win a game when losing the turnover count comes from a team that moves it a bit slower so they have something set up behind them. Becomes more a territory battle.
That goes against us and our skill set. It annoyed me all year that playing fast doesn’t match our skill set as we couldn’t hit a target and gave up goals from turnovers. We tried to slow it down early in the year but that put further heat on our disposal. Can only win with bad disposal if you have the best fwd line which our mix in 17 was close to with Daniher, Hooker, Stewart, Fantasia and Walla. Daniher going down was huge this year.
We can go in next year with the same plan and try to structure up faster behind the ball and heavily rely on a fit Daniher. But you’d expect the foundations have been built and less time is spent on structures and more on disposal. Back off the time spent on structures and pressure and hone in our kicking skills.
From the article we can also take away Martins role and implement that into a few of our players. Stringer and Langford to be our centre clearance specialists and role forward and let heavy runners take on the midfield duty. Majority of possession should be forward of centre for those two while endurance pressure runners like Merrett, Smith, Heppell, Zaka and McGrath take over the midfield run.
Imagine a centre bounce with Belly, Langford, Stringer and one of Heppell/Parish/Myers getting a long deep clearance into Daniher, Smack, Fantasia, Walla, Merrett and Smith. The pressure on the defenders would be huge because if that ball isn’t marked by one of them good luck clearing the ball once it hits the deck. It will be a i50 stoppage or a scoring shot.
Another thing I’d like to add is the increasing trend of turnovers and scoring from this source is at 2/3. Rule changes such as longer goal square and 6-6-6 starting formations allows the other two sources to be boosted. I think they should come in to change the game up as the style of footy is here to stay. Other avenues to score and win need to come in. We don’t want to decrease turnover goals we want to boost total scores and that will happen with those two rule changes allowing more goals to come from clearances and more so kick ins.