Who took part in our national game the Australian Football League.
Queensland has long been regarded by the southern states of Australia as a “developing” country in terms of Australian football. The view that one gets from the people of the south is that the Queenslanders who took part in our national game are “beginners” when it comes to coaching. A book was written by the most successful coaches in the Australian Football League. As I read about the tactics they used, I kept saying to myself, using that or having seen it used in Queensland. It may be that our players are still developing but our experienced coaches are top and the best players. Our problem is that we are in the process of developing coaching first and the development of strategies has also played a bigger role in development than in the southern provinces where they grew up immersed in Australian football.
Below are some ideas that I have given to young coaches that I have worked with for many years.
In the school finals after the break, I used the center of the “dummy” center forward, encouraging him to lead our two talented players forward to give them a place to lead. It worked well, giving the front players more opportunities but the central midfielder had his best game. He enjoyed the opportunity to play midfield forward so much that his confidence grew and he played more than his usual level. The grand-final, closed at half-time, was an easy victory in the final.
The Australian National Championships.
Your full fork is usually a tall player marking. That means he jumped right. So, usually in the last five minutes of the quarter, I would turn him into a ruck. Because he did not have to run like a normal ruck, his energy was so great that he was able to free an opposing team player and use the ball first.
Often good players want to play in their favorite place. For school and small teams, this is not the best time for a group. It’s important to put your best players where the ball can be most of the time. This means that the team will get the bulk of the ball and the whole team will get more chances to get the ball. In 1968, in my Queensland school boys’ team, we had the best backback at the Australian Schoolboys National Championships. However, by the time the ball reached him the enemies had already scored. Victorian experienced coaches say to me after just two games, that he has collapsed at fullback. He did not have much influence in the game. So I moved him in the middle with a quick positive impact. He stayed there until the end of the carnival.
(This player has continued to play many adult games in Queensland).
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Another similar situation occurred in my grade A school team. Here, I have a player who during his young career won many awards. His understanding of the game was excellent. So much so that he tried to bring other players closer to the game by bringing them the ball. They were not serious about it. So I told the player to move the ball forward with a long kick from a man who was in a good position to score goals. This helped the team, not only by winning but also by showing the players the best way to use the ball. The player went on to play VFL / AFL with two clubs.
Victoria beat Queensland by 20 goals.
In 1967, at the age of 24, I was appointed coach of the Queensland school boys’ team to play in the All-Australian National Championships in Hobart. In 1966, Victoria beat Queensland by 20 goals. I knew I had to do something to, at least, make us compete. So I chose to have only one ruckman in the center bounce with two rovers. The job of the second rover was to rover at their ruckman. As a result we were able to win many goals in the middle.
What makes things even more confusing is the Victorian coaching staff, I had five flexible players in football like rovers and four who changed like ruckmen. Traditionally, two of your rovers were sitting in the front pocket, while your ruck man was sitting in the other front row and a second ruckman or middle ruck-rover was sitting in the back pocket marking the ruckman of the opposing tap. All of these players I switched to many different locations.
We lost the match as expected but only by ten goals. This tactic has been a victory of sorts for me as the Victorian coach, a 50-year-old man, later told me that he and his coaching staff could not fix what I was doing. At this point, it is important to note, that the exchange law did not exist.
Our writer started playing Australian Football at the age of ten. His coaching career began at the age of 20 and continued into his 60’s. She has coached teams at school, regional, regional and national competitions. During most of his high-stakes play, he spent most of his time playing as an attacking player; rear pack and kick in the back of the packet rack area. You bring that experience to this article. She has written a tutorial for young teachers and trainers called “Flying High for the Footy and Kicking Goals” which is available by email to firstname.lastname@example.org