However, in today’s game, I am pessimistic of players consistently scoring a goal thirty metres out directly in front.
What I find even more concerning is the nonchalant reactions by many players when they miss these very gettable shots. Most stick their hands up in the air, waiting for the kick out as if nothing bad has happened.
It is almost as if they don’t expect to score these goals from set shots.
I believe this may be a consequence of AFL clubs drafting athletes and training them to become footballers rather than the other way around
The Sydney-Hawthorn game last week was a classic example of the wayward goal kicking trend.
Sydney finished with 10.15 75, the second week in a row they kicked more behinds than points. In perfect conditions, this is simply unforgivable.
Amon Buchanen finished, I think, with 1.4 from 5 very gettable shots, and designated forwards Playfair and Moore also missed easy shots.
Hawthorn wasn’t much better, with Jarryd Roughhead coming in off two steps and missing shots badly and Buddy Franklin scoring 4.7 with 2 out on the full and 1 not making the distance.
Whilst I’m a great admirer of what Franklin can do, his goal kicking technique leaves a lot to be desired.
If a junior coach saw a young player going to the side like Franklin does in the set shot approach, the coach would correct it. Yes, Franklin has scored some great goals from set shots this season, but he has also badly shanked kicks in a game.
I believe Brendan Fevola is the best set shot for goal in the AFL at the moment. He too can be erratic but he has a great technique and is quite beautiful to watch when he is on song.
Hawthorn had seven wins, two draws and 13 losses, finishing 14th, just behind Carlton on percentage, in season 2021. They were competitive for the most part, when taking into account all the noise about Sam Mitchell taking over as coach from Alastair Clarkson in season 2022. Despite Clarkson coaching four premierships, Hawthorn haven’t been in […]
I know I said I’d be doing Fremantle but I forgot to do a Hawthorn review. We first start with what worked (hint – not the coaching handover), what didn’t work, remaining questions, and the solutions to those problems.