- Jun 18, 2007
- AFL Club
Metres gained are valuable, especially in Richmonds helta skelta forward line when we preferred to have the ball on the ground half the time than in the air. Will be interesting to see how he plays with an extra quality marking target. Reminds me a bit of Stewie Maxfield with his long kicking to the hot spots. Richo loved the ball in his hands. Raines was the same with Cloke/Roach at CHF and Bartlett, Wiley and co. running past. Football hasn't changed that much, now that the chip possession phase has thankfully seen it's day.
Metres gained is useful as a measurement, up to a point. But when a measurement becomes a goal it ceases to be a measurement. I have no doubt Short played to maximise his metres gained, hence he would bang it long, get his 60 metres gained, the ball would be marked by the opposition, come straight back in and Short would stand and watch as his direct opponent kicked an easy goal.