1-5 loss to Dynamo Tehran
CB 1 (MOM), DC, RH, TH (MOM), TK GK (MOM), TW
Question: Have the Nannas become the audio plug equivalent of a lightning connector (ie.Software driven and a little unreliable)?
We have seen this year that when we connect, (I mean really connect) we can make the court (aka the speakers) hum and wobble and thrum and keen with delightful sonic pleasure, we can beat anyone. That is what has put us on top of the table.
But when we don’t connect, there is nothing. No sounds. No wow. No Flutter. Just a big old floor clearing silence.
LET’S GET BACK TO BEING A LOVELY 3.5MM JACK!
Or if you want to get fancy, a 6mm TRS jack or a 3 pin plug (male or female, Jim doesn’t mind).
Let us set this metaphor to one side. I’ll just carefully lift it up and place it in this very large container where I keep my.. whoops dropped it! Looks like it broke. Never mind. Now I’ll have to drive it down to the Yarra depot in Clifton Hill where they have separate containers for broken metaphors and analogies.
Question: What am I actually talking about here?
The basics. That’s right, the simple stuff.
Passes need to be accurate or they’re not passes. A pass needs to get to a fellow Nannas or it’s not a pass. Some basic tips to ensure successful passing.
- Always look at the point you are aiming the pass.
- Alway use the instep. No toe hacks or outside of the foot for a pass.
- Practise accurate passing at home.
- Visualise the ball going to your brother Nanna’s feet. (this can be done anytime- perhaps try it kneeling).
Communication is very important on the court. We need to be able to communicate clearly and efficiently. I have identified several important examples of positive on-court communication.
- Calling for the ball. When in space or running into space you are creating an option for your fellow Nanna. You should call out “e.g.. Jim! Line.” or “Rhian! Switch it.”
- Pointing out an opposition player that needs marking. It is important that we follow airline protocol here in putting your own mask on first, ie. ensure you are marking a player yourself before telling others to mark a player.
- Praise. This can come in many forms. Here are some examples: “great pass Cocky!”, “good effort Jimbo”, “great tackle Taozza”, “you are looking really goodlooking coach!”
- General encouragement. eg. “come on Nannas!”, “let’s go Nannas!” etc.
Negative communication is best avoided. Dwelling on past mistakes is not useful and best saved for the video match review. Dwelling on past mistakes, questioning the ref’s decision and generally getting upset with your fellow Nanna takes you out of the moment. It disengages you from the present and makes it harder for you to perform.
Tone is important and often difficult to modulate/ moderate in the heat of the sporting battle. However we should at least aim for some modicum of equanimity in our vocalisations. A panicked tone creates a fight or flight response, stimulates cortisol and makes it hard for the player on the ball to perform with calm and composure.
Let’s pass accurately.
Let’s communicate positively and effectively.
Let’s be in the moment.
Lovely. See you on the court my fine brown Nannas.