...That wasn’t because they took their foot off the gas either – it was entirely because we played a much more sensible game with fewer balls flung into the circle and much more patient build up around the edge.
In training and your next game, I think you need to work on the following:
- Rebounding in both circles: Positioning correctly before the rebound and grabbing (rather than hitting) the ball when we jump for it. Also, in the attacking circle – following the shots and going for rebounds. I know you’re both not the tallest players but even if you win one rebound in five it’s better than not going for them and not making them work to get the rebounds.
- Centre passes: I think I’ve said this to most teams I’ve coached! It seems fine when we’re going to our WA or if the opposition centre marks our centre but if our WA is double-marked it seems to cause us problems so we need to know what we’re doing. Also, it’s important we’re getting back to the line before our opponent and then driving off the line with the correct foot.
- Coming forward for the ball: I mentioned this at the court yesterday and I think you implemented it well in the final quarter. When the opposition are taller (which, given we’re not the tallest team will be quite often), it’s important that we’re only throwing high passes occasionally. There’s a place for it but we should spend a much greater proportion of the time making strong chest-passes and that requires players coming forward for the ball and holding so that they can drive to the ball at the right time. Around the attacking circle, if we have to work the ball between the centre and WA until the right opportunity comes we shouldn’t be afraid to do that and when we were patient in the fourth quarter we fed Michelle really well.
I thought you played well yesterday especially at the end and it certainly didn’t help that they were scoring from all around the circle – their GS and GA both had very consistent shots even from the edge of the circle.
If you want to work on anything individually, or you think the team needs to work on something then please do let me (or Heather or Lois or Julie) know or if you want me to clarify something I’ve said or you disagree with something I’ve said then please do let me know – I won’t be offended!
Well played and see you on Tuesday,