All I Can Be

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 3, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
Arguably the greatest player to represent Australia's most famous football club, Nathan Buckley's extraordinary achievements include a Brownlow Medal, a Norm Smith Medal, six club best and fairest awards and nine seasons as captain of Collingwood. All I Can Be is the inspiring story of a true sporting legend, who gave his all but never experienced the glory of an AFL premiership. Together with frank commentary from family, friends, teammates, coaches and opponents, Buckley's brutally honest insights provide a rare, compelling glimpse into the heart and mind of one of football's finest, and his relentless quest to become the best he could be. 'Buckley delivers' THE AGE 'reveals the flaws, complexity and genuine humility of a superhero' AUSTRALAIN WOMEN'S WEEKLY 'Exceptional for its genre' SUNDAY AGE

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THE STAB PUNT INVENTED By a School Kid in May 1949.
Jim had only the sporting globe football book of 1948 and no coaching, only his young mind. So without publications like yours, and having paper
footballs and with a real football only on the school ground at playtime from grade six till he was 15 in fourth form, he managed to perfect his Australian Rules foot disposals.
Jim Johnson age 14 in 1948 revamps Jack Dyers drop punt for goal, “silliest looking kick in football history” (Page 49 The Sporting Globe Football Book 1948), into a Drop Punt Field Pass kicked at up to full pace.
Then invents his Stab Punt, replacing his Stab Kick, at age 15 in May of 1949.
The above kicks are the predominant kicks used as field passes today in Australian Rules Football.
Johnson should write a book on stab kicking he has found the lost art. Davey Crocket, The Ringwood Mail, September 8, 1960. (describing Jim’s Stab Punt.)
Johnson sent his DELIGHTFUL LITTLE DROP PUNT PASS to Manfield’. Frank Casey, The Ringwood Croydon Post, September 8, 1960. (describing Jim’s Stab Punt)
No doubt about Jimmy Johnson, he definitely has found the lost art of stab passing. (describing Jim’s Stab Punt.) “The Ringwood Mail”, Thursday, September 15, 1960.
Johnson, on the flank, was making good use of his accurate punt passes. Johnson picked up on the run, sent a drop-punt direct to Espie for another goal.” The Ringwood Croydon Post, September 8 1960, p.12 by Frank Casey.
THE SCIENCE OF KICKING published 2007.
THE STAB PUNT.
The authors have COINED the term stab punt. Page 64 & 65 of THE SCIENCE OF KICKING 1st Edition. By Geoffrey Hosford. & Don Meikle published 2007 by B.I.P.E. Publications Pty Ltd.
Forward by David Parkin.
The term STAB PUNT was coined, when David Parkin was 65 years old, in the above publication 58 years after Jim as a kid had invented it. David Parkin like Jim Johnson is ex Melbourbne High. David was seven years old when Jim in his year prior to attending Melbourne High invented his stab punt.
The Stab Punt invented by Jim Johnson when playing for the Mount Evelyn First Eighteen in 1949, at the time when Jim was aged 15 years old, 5ft 2in(157.48 cm) tall and weighing 8 and 1/4 stone (52.5 kg) . Jim Johnson declared to himself: "As I can kick a drop punt as a field pass, why not convert the stab kick into my stab punt".
Now, with his own football, it only took Jim around two weeks to adjust the split second timing to kick the ball just before, instead of just after, it hit the ground. “Jim's Stab Punt invented ”. Easy for Jim!
Just recently (April 23rd 2013) Jim traced the following advertisement that he had placed in the Age, page 26, bottom right corner, on Thursday the 26th of July 1990.
“STAB PUNT.
The Inventor of the Stab Punt (1949) is interested in hearing from anyone who used this kick pre 1970. Ph. 8743622,”
This ad appeared on the Sports Page that had an article, by AFL Legend David Parkin, on the Torpedo Punt.
So we have an article, by an AFL legend, describing how to kick a Torpedo Punt and an ad by Jim Johnson who invented a kick, "The stab Punt", in Australian Rules Football on the same page.
Special note! Jim’s Stab Punt referred to as “Johnson’s DELIGHTFUL LITTLE DROP PUNT PASS" in 1960. By Frank Casey, in The Ringwood Croydon Post of September 8, 1960.
The Stab Kick in 1910 was referred to as the “PRETIEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE INOVATION OF RECENT YEARS. See Trove; “THE STAB KICK.The Argus 27th June 1910”. page 6
For further information see. “The First Drop Punt. Recent research from a kick historian” as published on the net in the Footy Almanac of the 26th June 2015
Which also includes
DICK LEE AND HIS "A TYPE OF STAB PUNT" An amazing secret that almost slipped through the cracks.
Reserched by Jim Johnson. Melbourne High School 1st 18 football colours 1950
 

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Nathan Buckley was born in Adelaide but ended up playing football in almost every state and territory as his family travelled all over the country. He became and AFL footballers in 1993, with the Brisbane Bears. In 1994 he joined the Collingwood Football Club, where he played for the rest of his career, captaining the club from 1999 to 2007. He retired in 2007 and is currently a football commentator for Channel 7. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, Tania, and son, Jett.

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