Australian Football: Steps to Success

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Human Kinetics, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 171 pages
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Australian Football: Steps to Success provides the essential skills players and coaches need to master the game and build successful teams. This book contains comprehensive instruction on the techniques and tactics that have helped top player Andrew McLeod become a two-time Norm Smith medallist and three-time All Australian. McLeod and football coach and teacher Trevor Jaques draw on years of experience to help you prepare for and play the game.

From basic ball handling to more challenging ruckwork, Australian Football: Steps to Success provides full technical guidance. Carefully selected drills speed the learning process and help monitor progress. You then apply those skills on the field with the tactical approaches essential to commanding every facet of the game. The final training guidelines ensure that practice sessions are varied, efficient, and fun while physically preparing players to execute the skills and withstand the rigors of one of the most challenging team sports.

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MY RECENT RESEARCH has revealed that one of the most famous full forwards of all time, Dick Lee of Collingwood, kicked a drop punt for goal. Dick called his kick
for goal “a type of stab-punt.” He is the first VFL/AFL player recorded as kicking The Drop Punt!
“He developed both the place-kick and “A TYPE OF STAB-PUNT” in which he dropped the ball point-first and stabbed it like a shot arrow with hair-line accuracy. He says he always picked a spot in the crowd and took aim at it. Kicking he says is a lost art.” From Trove. Dick! Dick!-Dick-e-e-e by H.A. de Lacy Sporting Globe Saturday 21 June 1941.
Much of the success of a forward depends on the manner in which the ball is passed to him. There is nothing to beat the low, skimming stabkick. The ball should not be kicked at a forward but to the spot where he will be after having made a dash for it. Trove. From an article by Dick Lee in June 9 1927. News Adelaide, SA
JACK DYER SEES RED. As told to JIM BLAKE. Sporting Globe Wednesday 31 March 1948.
JACK DYER, Tiger coach, and captain, had a few hard words to say about forwards on Saturday. “They just wont learn,” he declared. “You can tell then again and again. They do the right thing under instruction, but out they go and forget all about it in a match. . . ,”They don’t kick straight because they won’t concentrate on the right way to kick a ball at goal.” Dyer himself is a deadly kick from 40-50 yards out of goal. He uses the STAB-PUNT KICK, dropping the ball point down and almost vertical, kicking it with the toe of his boot. “Dick” Lee, famous Collingwood forward, used the same type of kick. Dyer says he saw the value of the kick watching Collingwood, and learnt it from the Collier brothers. “But you can’t tell the forward today. He gets the ball well, then blazes away at goal without straightening up. “He swings his boot anywhere nine out of ten times he misses. But he can’t be told.” And he mooched away, still having his say. From Trove..
Comments! Jack Dyer incorrectly calling his Drop Punt as a “Stab Punt Kick” three months before the release of The Sporting Globe Football Book of 1948, Compiled and Edited by H.A. de LACY, with Dyer’s ‘ CRAZY” DROP PUNT on pages 49, 50 and 51. I find this most interesting as Jack Dyer thought of using the “stab punt kick” as a description but never ever thought of kicking a stab punt. Nobody did until 15-year-old Little Jimmy Johnson in May 1949 invented it. The fact that Dyer used the term “Stab Punt Kick” may make it easier for Journalists today to use “STAB PUNT”.
My research has revealed the following information re other early players, mostly VFL / AFL, to kick the Drop Punt in Australian Rules Football.
Dick Lee was followed by Horrie Clover of Carlton, Len Metheral of Geelong, The Collier Brothers of Collingwood, Jack Dyer of Richmond, George Goninon of Geelong. Then fourteen / fifteen year old schoolboy Jim Johnson with the stab kick into his “stab punt” and the drop kick into his “drop punt as a field pass” both kicked at full pace.
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Andrew McLeod has played in the Australian Football League (AFL) for a decade and is one of the most popular and talented players in the game. A life member of the Adelaide Football Club, McLeod has exceptional skills and blinding speed that have made him a fan favourite to legions of Crows supporters as well as opposition players and football followers.

McLeod has received numerous accolades, awards, and medals. He is a five-time All Australian as well as a dual winner of the Norm Smith medal, which is awarded to the AFL Grand Final's most outstanding player. In 2007, he became the captain of the All-American team for the first time. In 2004, at the age of 28, McLeod reached another significant milestone when he played his 200th senior game. McLeod has been named club champion twice, runner-up three times, and third once. He has regularly placed as a top-10 contender for the AFL's Brownlow Medal, including a second and third placing. McLeod also won the Michael Tuck Medal for the most outstanding player in the preseason championship game in 2003.

Trevor Jaques has gone from representing South Australia as a schoolboy and amateur footballer to serving as fitness coach for the SA team, which won the 1988 and 1993 Australian championships. He has played, taught, and coached at many levels and served as an elite-level fitness coach for more than 25 years. With this extensive background, he has at various times held positions as fitness director, runner, and team selector for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League since the team's inception in 1991. For the past 12 years he has served as the league's training services manager, the position he currently holds.

Jaques received his bachelor's degree and physical education qualifications from Adelaide University and his master's degree from Michigan State University. Formerly a senior lecturer in sport sciences at the University of South Australia, Jaques taught sport and skill analysis, sport injuries, sports conditioning, and football.

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