SMALL WINS AL­LOW FOR AT­TACK

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

is speed and con­stant move­ment and a dan­ger­ous for­ward line looks con­fi­dent know­ing the ball is com­ing in quickly.

The last piece of the puzzle has been their de­fend­ers win­ning or halv­ing one-on-one con­tests, giv­ing the team con­fi­dence and be­lief. It serves to cre­ate a ground-ball game, al­low­ing mids and de­fend­ers time to get num­bers to the bat­tle, and it ig­nites team at­tack.

Win­ning con­tested pos­ses­sion, scor­ing from turnovers and ef­fi­ciency of con­ver­sion in­side 50m have long been in­di­ca­tors of suc­cess. They re­flect a team that is pro­fi­cient in the three phases.

Geelong is top-three in the league in these ar­eas.

In a club, win­ning and mo­men­tum run much deeper than what we see on the field.

It can be the re­sult of tinker­ing with the game style, a shift in player con­fi­dence or a good run with in­jury.

What we see at the Cats is the emer­gence of many young play­ers in their po­si­tions. They look more con­fi­dent in their roles and rounded in their games.

Bran­dan Parfitt, Jack Henry, Mark O’Con­nor, Sam Simp­son, Gryan Miers, Esava Ratu­golea, Quin­ton Narkle

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