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Mozzies at last in MCG thriller
Authored by: Michael Lucas on Saturday, September 06 2008 @ 11:43 am ACST

I saw most of the IC Final, and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of play. Both teams did make errors as can be expected, but few that are not made by the AFL professionals. Both teams seem to be, like the AFL, over doing the hand ball, although they probably did kick it more often in short passing.
One thing the coaches should be training them is not to turn their back on the mark when kicking for goal, while the "footy smarts" aren't there yet, it could cost a goal if the man on the mark backed away to make it seem as if the player kicking has further to run up, then get the ball touched or grabbed straight from the kick as the defender runs back to the mark.

To be quite honest, I found the IC final, (and even some of the prelim games), much better to watch than the Hawks,Dogs game. I think our "Professionals" could learn a few things about how to play the game from the international.

Bomber Mike

Mozzies at last in MCG thriller
Authored by: Ash Nugent on Saturday, September 06 2008 @ 02:10 pm ACST

Interesting how you mention PNG lacking "footy smarts", especially your reference to players turning their back on the mark.

Watching the South Africa vs Ireland game yesterday, I noticed that the South Africans would almost always run backwards to take their kick, after a mark (for those unfamiliar with footy, this is desirable).

Perhaps the result of a greater AFL presence in the country?

Mozzies at last in MCG thriller
Authored by: chinggis77 on Saturday, September 06 2008 @ 05:06 pm ACST

Footy has been played in PNG for decades with well established leagues/juniors. Its only been played in Sth Africa the last year or so. PNG play the more instinctive footy and seem to have reasonably good 'footy smarts'.

Sth Africa though were coached by Jason McCartney and seemed very well drilled in the one-percenters including running back from a mark.

Mozzies at last in MCG thriller
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Saturday, September 06 2008 @ 05:15 pm ACST

The guys in South Africa have actually been going for a bit longer than a
year (roughly a decade), but the point about coaching is valid.

A mate of mine who saw Denmark vs SA in Geelong noted that the Danes
were playing well, but "old-fashioned", more like 80s-style footy. The same
can be said for the Irish. The Lions in comparison were playing under similar
tactics to modern AFL sides.

I didn't get a chance to ask him what specifically he was referring to, but
there might be a bit to that.

Mozzies at last in MCG thriller
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, September 07 2008 @ 05:34 pm ACST

Sounds like a few of us are onto the same idea then - I'm planning on doing a bit of a think piece about rule interpretation and playing styles once the dust settles on the Cup. There's definitely a divergence and is in part the cause of a lot of dissatisfaction with umpiring.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN