2nds Official Swans Academy Thread (Player News and Discussion)

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RUNVS

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Hopefully the Swans academy will start producing players every year. The trajectory is looking promising:)
2021 Anderson?
2020 Campbell
2020 Gulden
2020 Sheather
2020 McAndrew
2018 Blakey
2017 Wicks
2015 Mills
2014 Heeney
Yep. We have reached the point where the players coming through were all in our academy since when they were barely in double digits in terms of age (I am not sure of the exact age a kid needs to be to join the academy). That has to help as getting them doing the correct thing skills wise at a young age helps them a lot down the line.
 

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Yep. We have reached the point where the players coming through were all in our academy since when they were barely in double digits in terms of age (I am not sure of the exact age a kid needs to be to join the academy). That has to help as getting them doing the correct thing skills wise at a young age helps them a lot down the line.
Plus, ever since Heeney got drafted most schools in Sydney who did not have AFL as a school sport rushed to get it in place.
 

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Plus, ever since Heeney got drafted most schools in Sydney who did not have AFL as a school sport rushed to get it in place.
That is true. I think it is important to think about guys like Mills, Heeney, Campbell, Gulden, Wicks and even Bell. None of them are bad kicks. Teaching the kids at early ages how to kick correctly helps a lot.
 

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That is true. I think it is important to think about guys like Mills, Heeney, Campbell, Gulden, Wicks and even Bell. None of them are bad kicks. Teaching the kids at early ages how to kick correctly helps a lot.
I think what most people miss is a lot of these guys under no pressure are good kicks. It’s often only exposed when they are put under pressure and then we find out whether they are a good kick at AFL level.

At AFL level you get less time to dispose of the ball so it can expose a number of weaknesses in a players kicking ability including speed of decision making, how tight their kicking action is to get ball to foot fast, fluidly and accurately, things like actual athletic attributes like leg speed (as in the swinging action) and even confidence etc

It’s often not about them not being taught to kick properly. Some of these things can be overcome by players playing within themselves, knowing what they’re capable of and executing within those confines.
 

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I think what most people miss is a lot of these guys under no pressure are good kicks. It’s often only exposed when they are put under pressure and then we find out whether they are a good kick at AFL level.

At AFL level you get less time to dispose of the ball so it can expose a number of weaknesses in a players kicking ability including speed of decision making, how tight their kicking action is to get ball to foot fast, fluidly and accurately, things like actual athletic attributes like leg speed (as in the swinging action) and even confidence etc

It’s often not about them not being taught to kick properly. Some of these things can be overcome by players playing within themselves, knowing what they’re capable of and executing within those confines.
This is correct. I was a pretty good kick at training, however when I was younger it could let me down during a game. It wasn't until it was pointed out that I needed to settle in the final step or two before I kicked that I saw improvement. I have huge respect for players who kick so accurately going at full pace as it looks like some of them don't even need to settle.
 

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I think what most people miss is a lot of these guys under no pressure are good kicks. It’s often only exposed when they are put under pressure and then we find out whether they are a good kick at AFL level.

At AFL level you get less time to dispose of the ball so it can expose a number of weaknesses in a players kicking ability including speed of decision making, how tight their kicking action is to get ball to foot fast, fluidly and accurately, things like actual athletic attributes like leg speed (as in the swinging action) and even confidence etc

It’s often not about them not being taught to kick properly. Some of these things can be overcome by players playing within themselves, knowing what they’re capable of and executing within those confines.
Agree with all this mase. Also just like to add that the lack of a opposite foot often put pressure on the kick. Hewitt was a prime example. Often got out of tight spaces because of the confidence in his left boot. Sam Mitchell was another. Shits me to tears the lack of an opposite side players have these days and I can only put it down to the junior training they get.
 

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Agree with all this mase. Also just like to add that the lack of a opposite foot often put pressure on the kick. Hewitt was a prime example. Often got out of tight spaces because of the confidence in his left boot. Sam Mitchell was another. Shits me to tears the lack of an opposite side players have these days and I can only put it down to the junior training they get.
One of the greatest complement I ever received in footy was when I was coaching under 16/17. We were playing a “half field” game and I was filling in on one of the teams. A few kicks off both feet and one of the players said to me “are you left footed or right footed?”.

Under pressure in a real game however and my left foot would abandon me under actual pressure 😂

On a side note I used to practice my left foot a lot before training while waiting for the kids. By the end of coaching the side I could do a drop punt from the boundary and slot them more often than not!
 

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One of the greatest complement I ever received in footy was when I was coaching under 16/17. We were playing a “half field” game and I was filling in on one of the teams. A few kicks off both feet and one of the players said to me “are you left footed or right footed?”.

Under pressure in a real game however and my left foot would abandon me under actual pressure 😂

On a side note I used to practice my left foot a lot before training while waiting for the kids. By the end of coaching the side I could do a drop punt from the boundary and slot them more often than not!
I sucked at soccer, tennis, horse riding and cricket as a kid. In fact the only sport I was actually quite good at was go-kart racing, the one sport that required very little hand/eye coordination :p
 

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