Does anyone have any idea why Andrew Brayshaw is allergic to kicking goals? Based on his family he was probably born with a footy in his hand, would have played footy his entire childhood, had some of the best junior coaches, had a couple of years in the Freo system under Lyon, and nearly a year under JLo, seems to have improved is general disposal a smidge this year, yet is probably the worst kick for goal in the team. He might actually be getting worse.
Is it just a mental thing?
If he could just add a little polish when he runs forward he’d be a real weapon.
I hope you can solve this conundrum Morgan, because I have the same problem with over 60's hockey. I get a reasonable amount of the ball but go to water when I'm in the D with a chance of scoring.
I paid attention to Crowden on Sunday and noticed how he did not panic. Having got rid of 2 defenders he didn't just blaze away but had a look to see where the big sticks were before kicking. As a mid, Brayshaw is very often having to dish the ball off extremely quickly to someone who he knows should be there. So maybe when Brayshaw gets within range of goals he needs to change his mindset and take half a second to look around. If you take half a second to look for options or steady yourself before kicking, there is a chance you'll be run down and turn it over, but that is what is going to happen anyway if you blaze away and miss. So take that half-second and kick the goal.
I have noticed that about him as well hypen. Banfield is another. They tend to do whatever it takes to avoid taking a shot at goal, which I presume is a confidence thing. I think we all knew he would miss that goal in the first quarter. That’s what I liked about Barlow, the slightest sniff of a goal and he found a way to get it through the sticks.
We have a duel Brownlow medalist who’s not too good at goal kicking either but I ain’t complaining. Bradshaw is still learning his trade and I think has improved tenfold in the last couple of season. Let him do his magic in the mid and get the forwards to kick goals. Bloody Matera.
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1 month 2 weeks ago #8
Have you ever had a game of golf where you're relaxed and playing well and suddenly start "thinking" and don't know where to look when you take a putt? That's Andy Brayshaw, permanently. Watch him take a kick and he is looking at this weird no man's land somewhere between the ball and where he wants to kick it. He needs to take a look up the ground or between the sticks and then only briefly look at the ball as he kicks it, like everyone else who has ever kicked a ball properly.
Maybe he's still recovering from Ross Virus. Symptoms of nausea, anxiety and guilt when the player is in his forward half.
Symptoms may get extreme if player goes more forward which delusional thoughts may occur that he can kick a score.
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1 month 2 weeks ago #10
Wedge, are you suggesting he needs a game of golf with Gaff?