first video shows the basic free pass formation and standard defence
(at 1:55 and 3:08). The taker passes to the side and steps away from
the post to increase the distance from his defender. He receives a pass
back and shoots. The defender runs out as quickly as possible to block
the second, the defender of the shooter takes up a position behind him
as we practised (0:12). The taker now cannot move back away from the post
because it closes the distance between him and his defender rather than
lengthening it. If he moves forwards he risks getting to close to the
defender under the post. He elects to stay where his is but cannot get
the shot away quickly enough.
another example of the new style defence we practiced (1:04). Here the taker
gets caught by both defenders - the one coming from behind and the one
coming from under the post. Unfortunately both defenders stay with the
taker rather than one of them going after the other girl player once
the taker has been successfully defended.
It looks like the
player who ends up shooting could have initially taken a position
closer to the post and received a pass straight away. Remember though
that the attackers have to be 2.5 metres from each other. But why not
pass straight to her anyway since she's not defended? Because the
defence can prepare for that too. Spin the tape forward to 3:20 and
you'll see a boy preparing to intercept that pass had it been made. (A
flat pass would not clear the two boys standing together; a high loopy
one might not reach before the moving boy intercepts).
if you can spare 4 minutes of your life this is quite a nice video to
watch all the way through. It opens with a nice example of a girl
trying to prevent a feed coming in, as we are trying now to do
ourselves, and there is plenty of opportunity to see the block at the
post to obtain a collect that we've been practising. Also note that
despite the great play and big crowd we have the superior scoreboard.