Walking around I have noticed that many people walk with their heads bent, fingres moving and studying with great concentration on their mobile phones. They don’t look up or if they do, it is only if some idiot (in their mind) has got in their way. I’m not talking about this Pokemon thing, I’m talking about in general. They are busy texting, Facebooking, Twittering, whatevering! They are not interested in what is going on around them if they look up or who is around them. What has this got to do with footy, well a lot really.
You see some footy players are focused solely on what they can do to get the ball, the opposition player and then once they get the ball, for some they just don’t know what to do next. I asked a few people (don’t worry I didn’t hassle strangers) what would happen if you just put your phone in your pocket or bag and walked around looking at what is around you? The answers ranged from “I might miss out” or “I need to be up-to-date on what is happening in my world”, answers that revolved around the “I” word. This translates to players as well, it is all about the “I” what “I can do or bring” and this is what hinders a good player into being a great one.
If a player was to look up and see what is around them they would soon learn the nuances of the opposition and how to combat and stop them during a game. By looking up to see the oppositions game play, they would be able to pre-empt what a certain player will do in a given situation. Kade Simpson and Cyril Riolli are masters at that, so to was Chris Judd and whether you like him or not, so too is Stevie J.
Like the people who bury their noses in their phones, they are missing out on a chance to take in what is going on around them, life. Players who bury their noses in what they can do alone and not what is happening around them, are missing out on becoming great players. In Carlton we have the makings of players that will be great. To do that each player at Carlton must lift their heads and see what is around them, study it, learn from it, because then you will have the ability to know your opposition and also your own team, and the panicking kicks that miss, or handballs that are turned over, will evaporate.