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1 hour ago, bingers said:

I've probably said it before (sorry, but I'm a senior) but one of his real weapons is his ability to kick with both feet. So he doesn't have to 'wheel around' on his preferred if the best/first option is to quickly kick with the non-preferred.

It amazes me how many players can't kick with both feet. Jack Viney would be so much better if he could kick with his right foot. Same with Dom Tyson. 

Don't start me on Robbie Flower ...

Normally this is true and he's got a very accurate long kick, but boy there were some shanks on the weekend. Don't get me wrong he was fantastic for us, and he was a key part of our third term destruction of the dogs, but that one that came off the side of the boot and went out would've made Simon Godfrey himself blush!

Loving seeing Gus play great footy, gives me a warm fuzzy feeling every time I see him singing the song. He's done it the hard way, and boy he deserves it. 

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28 minutes ago, Pates said:

Normally this is true and he's got a very accurate long kick, but boy there were some shanks on the weekend. Don't get me wrong he was fantastic for us, and he was a key part of our third term destruction of the dogs, but that one that came off the side of the boot and went out would've made Simon Godfrey himself blush!

Loving seeing Gus play great footy, gives me a warm fuzzy feeling every time I see him singing the song. He's done it the hard way, and boy he deserves it. 

He deliberately pulled his kick because he looked up and saw Bulldogs all down the line. We were right behind it and saw what he saw. It was a deliberate skill error.

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7 hours ago, bingers said:

I've probably said it before (sorry, but I'm a senior) but one of his real weapons is his ability to kick with both feet. So he doesn't have to 'wheel around' on his preferred if the best/first option is to quickly kick with the non-preferred.

It amazes me how many players can't kick with both feet. Jack Viney would be so much better if he could kick with his right foot. Same with Dom Tyson.

It would seem to be a fundamental skill of the game, and one that if mastered, gives a big advantage over opponents.

I have heard (don't know how true it is) that senior coaches tell their players DO NOT kick with your non-preferred. Play the percentages instead. A mediocre kick on your "right" foot is likely to be as good as or better than a good one on your "wrong" foot.

That would filter to junior ranks in a jiffy. "To prepare you better for AFL level, you are now banned from kicking on your non-preferred."

It would explain why we see so many awkward kicks under pressure. Not a good look. Another area where coaches are harming the game. Not sure what can be done about it though.

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24 minutes ago, Mazer Rackham said:

It would seem to be a fundamental skill of the game, and one that if mastered, gives a big advantage over opponents.

I have heard (don't know how true it is) that senior coaches tell their players DO NOT kick with your non-preferred. Play the percentages instead. A mediocre kick on your "right" foot is likely to be as good as or better than a good one on your "wrong" foot.

That would filter to junior ranks in a jiffy. "To prepare you better for AFL level, you are now banned from kicking on your non-preferred."

It would explain why we see so many awkward kicks under pressure. Not a good look. Another area where coaches are harming the game. Not sure what can be done about it though.

My grandson who plays under17's for werribee districts tells me that they practice on both sides kicking and handballing. he is also in the western jets Brad Johnson under 16's squad and they do the same there.

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45 minutes ago, drysdale demon said:

My grandson who plays under17's for werribee districts tells me that they practice on both sides kicking and handballing. he is also in the western jets Brad Johnson under 16's squad and they do the same there.

I remember in junior football with the good players that they would play a season on their non preferred foot in order to develop. Made a lot of sense.

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2 hours ago, drysdale demon said:

My grandson who plays under17's for werribee districts tells me that they practice on both sides kicking and handballing. he is also in the western jets Brad Johnson under 16's squad and they do the same there.

Thanks DD. That's good news.

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12 hours ago, Mazer Rackham said:

It would seem to be a fundamental skill of the game, and one that if mastered, gives a big advantage over opponents.

I have heard (don't know how true it is) that senior coaches tell their players DO NOT kick with your non-preferred. Play the percentages instead. A mediocre kick on your "right" foot is likely to be as good as or better than a good one on your "wrong" foot.

That would filter to junior ranks in a jiffy. "To prepare you better for AFL level, you are now banned from kicking on your non-preferred."

It would explain why we see so many awkward kicks under pressure. Not a good look. Another area where coaches are harming the game. Not sure what can be done about it though.

I seem to recall one club, maybe even MFC, who in a full preseason session were instructed NOT to use their preferred foot. 

Certainly regularly practicing with the non preferred foot (and hand) fairly quickly improves the skills. 

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On 7/12/2018 at 1:25 AM, puntkick said:

No but the little maestro might want to  come home to us eventually if the price was Philld !

Cynically beautiful in concept and reasoning. Who actually would want the traitor, anyway? He is past his value to us, these days and would never provide a substitute for Viney, Jones (over the years) or Clarrie. I'd reckon that Spargo has a bigger heart and loyalty than this Donald Duck.

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21 hours ago, bingers said:

I've probably said it before (sorry, but I'm a senior) but one of his real weapons is his ability to kick with both feet. So he doesn't have to 'wheel around' on his preferred if the best/first option is to quickly kick with the non-preferred.

It amazes me how many players can't kick with both feet. Jack Viney would be so much better if he could kick with his right foot. Same with Dom Tyson. 

Don't start me on Robbie Flower ...

Yeah, ignore the tendency but I still dream each night of Robbie turning into traffic with the options  of left or right foot, for effect. Will there ever be another of his ilk?

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Brayshaw is closing in on Oliver. His form is that good. He has sailed past every mid we have bar Oliver. Of course Clayton has the points on the board after putting in multiple seasons of quality, but Brayshaw is bordering on elite. I have been watching him closely and he has better traits than elite players, he moves better, is more aggressive, and is dominant physically (asserts himself on the contest). His kicking lets him down at times, but he used to be a good kick as a junior on both feet (so I would expect that will translate eventually). Whatever it takes to keep Brayshaw it is of most importance. On form he is our best midfielder after Oliver, and even then he is rapidly closing in. I have Brayshaw in my supercoach and have had for sometime, so I watch him more closely than others. I think even Dees fans are sleeping on the Brayshaw. 

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4 minutes ago, KingDingAling said:

I think even Dees fans are sleeping on the Brayshaw. 

Coming 4th in the Demonland Player of the Year, so hes highly rated by the fans but I get your point...   he is a superstar in the making.

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22 hours ago, bingers said:

I've probably said it before (sorry, but I'm a senior) but one of his real weapons is his ability to kick with both feet. So he doesn't have to 'wheel around' on his preferred if the best/first option is to quickly kick with the non-preferred.

It amazes me how many players can't kick with both feet. Jack Viney would be so much better if he could kick with his right foot. Same with Dom Tyson. 

Don't start me on Robbie Flower ...

Back in my day you’d cop a flogging for not being able to kick on both feet. Then you’d have to walk 40 mile in the snow to get home. 

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30 minutes ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

Back in my day you’d cop a flogging for not being able to kick on both feet. Then you’d have to walk 40 mile in the snow to get home. 

Cold winter to have snowed in Perth, Ethan

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53 minutes ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

Back in my day you’d cop a flogging for not being able to kick on both feet. Then you’d have to walk 40 mile in the snow to get home. 

and home was a shoebox on the side of the road?

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5 minutes ago, daisycutter said:

and home was a shoebox on the side of the road?

Lookshury!

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47 minutes ago, Moonshadow said:

Cold winter to have snowed in Perth, Ethan

I grew up in Melbourne, terrible winters, snowed all the time back in my day. 

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2 hours ago, KingDingAling said:

Brayshaw is closing in on Oliver. His form is that good. He has sailed past every mid we have bar Oliver. Of course Clayton has the points on the board after putting in multiple seasons of quality, but Brayshaw is bordering on elite. I have been watching him closely and he has better traits than elite players, he moves better, is more aggressive, and is dominant physically (asserts himself on the contest). His kicking lets him down at times, but he used to be a good kick as a junior on both feet (so I would expect that will translate eventually). Whatever it takes to keep Brayshaw it is of most importance. On form he is our best midfielder after Oliver, and even then he is rapidly closing in. I have Brayshaw in my supercoach and have had for sometime, so I watch him more closely than others. I think even Dees fans are sleeping on the Brayshaw. 

If only we could keep Viney out there, a midfield of Gawn, Oliver, Viney and Brayshaw is A grade if they can improve on their two-way defensive running. 

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1 hour ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

I grew up in Melbourne, terrible winters, snowed all the time back in my day. 

I live in Ballarat and I think you're soft

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6 hours ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

I grew up in Melbourne, terrible winters, snowed all the time back in my day. 

Red Bluff stair reps with snow on the water🤘they were the best of times and worst of times

but then I remember 10cm snow at gisborne secondary school one day 

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Anothe Gus article.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/angus-brayshaw-turns-around-a-career-in-jeopardy-from-concussions-into-a-rich-vein-of-form/news-story/997fa51ee958d28271f0afe65830879c

Nice numbers from R6-R17 with 94% midfield time.

Brayshaw has averaged 29 disposals per game, ranked 15th in the competition. He’s averaged 507 metres gained per game (ranked No. 9 in the AFL), six inside-50s (No. 6) and eight score involvements (No. 6) across those outings.

Please be right Milkshake.

Now all the Dees need is for the young gun — who is out of contract at the end of the year — to sign on.

That said, it seems a matter of when, not if, that occurs.

“I think that’s not too far away,” Melksham said.

 

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18 minutes ago, Dee Zephyr said:

Anothe Gus article.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/angus-brayshaw-turns-around-a-career-in-jeopardy-from-concussions-into-a-rich-vein-of-form/news-story/997fa51ee958d28271f0afe65830879c

Nice numbers from R6-R17 with 94% midfield time.

Brayshaw has averaged 29 disposals per game, ranked 15th in the competition. He’s averaged 507 metres gained per game (ranked No. 9 in the AFL), six inside-50s (No. 6) and eight score involvements (No. 6) across those outings.

Please be right Milkshake.

Now all the Dees need is for the young gun — who is out of contract at the end of the year — to sign on.

That said, it seems a matter of when, not if, that occurs.

“I think that’s not too far away,” Melksham said.

 

On the afl exchange podcast he said he was confident on getting the deal done and that his preference was to stay at Melbourne. Raises a little bit of doubt rather than the when, not if...

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Just wanted to send some brayshaw love. Thought he was really important last night. Mightve been a coincidence but when he went off with the knock the hawks were all over us. He comes on gets that scrappy kick to set melksham up. 

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