- Apr 26, 2016
- AFL Club
I would use two examples of plays this year where, IMO, it is blatantly obvious just those few metres more or less makes a massive difference.I am begging Victorian football pundits to learn about the actual size of the SCG and to explain how 1 extra metre on each wing and 3 extra metres at each end makes this massive difference.
The Dawson/Campbell 60m kick-in to the corridor, best exemplified at the G vs Richmond. Next time Fox shows the view up the field from behind the goals at the SCG, take a look at the space available in the corridor. Hint: there's none. Now maybe it's just our bad luck that we keep encountering absolutely supreme defensive structures at our home ground every time, but Adelaide? Essendon? GWS? Yeah, nah.
The second would be the Warner goal out of the centre vs Richmond. I'd like to know a time at the SCG when anyone has ever had 10-15 metres of space to run into between the centre square and inside 50? Wouldn't happen.
I don't understand why a few metres here and there are dismissed as minor differences. It's a game of metres, sometimes centimetres, where the ball is moved by hand or foot. The less meterage you have to use the ball in, the more perfect that ball use has to be. It means that unless you are a team of ridiculous skill level (like Hawthorn used to be, hence their good record at the SCG), then your game plan won't get off the ground. That's why SCG games are scraps and never high-scoring, free-flowing affairs.