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“Your kicking action’s not getting any better, mate.”
The photos are great, but was anyone there who can give an idea of what the session was like? Bloody hard, I hope.
Looks like Ben is not impressed by Alec’s remarks
I love you Ben and l am not letting you go.
It’s like Waterman is a parent who still wants to give his kid a hug, but Hobbs is just starting high school and doesn’t want to be embarrassed in front of his mates.
Not sure when it started but when I got there it was stoppage/ground ball type sim. Try and get the ball to the outside and get a kick. Repeat.
Did a similar drill later but you didn’t have to win the initial contest.
In between was match sim. Preseason was a bit more defensive whereas yesterday moving the ball was more important and defensive held up. Everything seemed pretty normal in the style we’re playing in and positionally but it stood out that Shiel was more in a HF forward position. From games played and what I saw at training he either doesn’t fully commit or too slow to transition to defence. Just seems like a weak link and not accountable. Maybe I’m judging too highly due to experience and once high expectations. Shiel and Parish butted heads over both thinking the other should have protected the corridor in one passage. One of them moments where everything goes quiet and quickly all eyes are on you. I’m not sure who was right but hopefully someone around knew because they were both strong in their opposing views.
Other than that they were doing goal kicking in between drills to my liking. I was annoyed in the preseason by the casual care they put into their goal kicking. However this session was actually practicing. Men on the mark and following routine. Coaches were loud on this. I still think AFL is really behind on analysing technique. Compared to professional athletes like golfers, nfl kickers, tennis, cricketers it doesn’t seem that footballers really know why they miss a certain way. In a controlled no pressure situation the execution should be pretty consistent but it’s something that’s not been tapped into.
No one was overly good or bad but it was great to see the sick players out there. Jones, Cox, Stewart, Phillips and Walla completed full training. Langford, Stringer and 2MP ran laps. I didn’t see Snelling.
The main problem with Shiel as a forward is very basic. He doesn’t kick goals. He’s been with us for 3 full years now and played over 50 games for us, and kicked a grand total of 16 goals. He’s one of those players who finds a way to miss virtually every time. I’m a great believer in the Tommy Hafey maxim: if you don’t kick goals, you shouldn’t be in the forward line. I can’t imagine why Ben Rutten thinks he should play there. Almost anyone would be a better bet on the forward flank than Shiel.