- Nov 18, 2017
- AFL Club
I went back to watch the GC game today to re-watch Young's breakout game and found we were moving the ball a lot better back then hitting leads inside 50 the connection mid-forward was actually quite nice.I’m not sure I agree that these are not related. Our i50 deliveries are not to a leading forward or to space where someone can run under and Mark it. Most are just a bomb forward. This allows the defenders to number up at the contest, which results in our forwards having to take a crazy contested mark (like Tabs did last game). If they don’t mark it and ball goes to ground we are immediately under pressure and that’s where we cough up the ball i.e. turn over. Secondly, we don’t get the ball inside 50 fast enough at times. This also allows the defense to set up and get ready for the i50 kick, which results in the same situation.
JLo was quoted as saying, “Our forward line is congested at times. He (Walters) needs more space.” I would argue they all need more space. Lol.
If we can improve the forwards movements and leading patterns and then get our mids to actually see it and then hit them, we will have less contested marks i50 (theoretically), the ball will come to ground less, and when it does our smalls will have more space to work and be under less pressure resulting in less turnovers.
I see the turnovers as a symptom of the problem with the connection between our forwards and mids and our overall forward structure. You’re looking at it as the problem, not a symptom of something else. Maybe we’re both right?
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The problem is we got killed in the 2nd quarter where GC kicked 5 quick goals within something like 7 minutes what i think has happened is JLo has pulled back on the offensive game which again looked really good to focus on the defence so we didn't get killed by quick flurries of goals. Heres hoping he can meld the 2 together over the next few games/off season and 2021.