SPORT 45 GEELONGGADVERTISER.GEELONGADVERTISER.COM.AU SATURDAY JULY 11 2020 FOOTBALL is an outnumber ground-ball game. Outnumber the opposition with speed, movement and intensity, and it will reveal critical components. It indicates aggression, proactive thinking, readiness to work and commitment to the hunt. Consistently winning the ground-ball game through outnumbering controls the three phases of a game: winning the ball when it is in dispute; keeping possession when the ball is won; and winning the ball back when it is lost. Done well it makes the game easier for any team. Players feel supported when they go to a contest area, more options to receive the ball are available, and pressure is higher on the other side, should they win possession. At present, the Cats are leading the competition in ground balls. Their ability to win loose balls and go forward quickly is enabling them to score. Over the past two weeks, Geelong has beaten reliable contested ball teams, Gold Coast and the Brisbane Lions, winning the ground ball side of both games comfortably. As a result, the rest of their game is strong. Forward momentum from contest areas is creating scoring opportunities and allowing them time to set up defensively. Their strengths have been on display. Geelong is a powerbased team that has in recent years relied on stoppage and contest wins. To support their ability to defend, they have retained possession with controlled movement. My doubts about the Cats’ ability to play finals footy centred on their willingness to create and prevail in long contests and defend through the middle of the ground. Seeing the team hunt the contest and the opposition over the past fortnight has been a highlight. Geelong has been challenging to play against and great to watch. Playing seems more natural for the Cats again. The team is flicking the ball around, there Put your bets through the wringer. We built a race predictor, so you didn’t have to build a race predictor. Available on today’s racing Download the Punters app now Compare them against our expert tips. Plus, stay up to speed on the day’s racing with the latest news, race previews and our picks of the best bets. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or www.gamblinghelponline.org.au. Think of the people who need your support. Gamble responsibly. V1 - GATE01Z01MA PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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