‘Devoid of confidence’: AFL greats weigh in on Max King’s disastrous night for St Kilda Saints
St Kilda coach Brett Ratten has bristled at recommendations ahead Max King wants a specialist goalkicking coach after the spearhead’s wayward efficiency proved pricey in a loss to Brisbane that each one however ended the Saints’ AFL finals probabilities.
King regularly labored his method into Friday night’s contest towards star Lion Harris Andrews however let himself down in entrance of aim, ending with 0.5 in the 15-point defeat.
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He kicked three behinds in the third quarter, together with two unhealthy misses from set pictures about 20m out.
He additionally had an opportunity to stage the scores throughout the closing time period however missed from 40 metres earlier than the Lions went coast-to-coast from the kick-in, ensuing in an important Joe Daniher aim.
Former Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd, who coached King in faculty soccer, stated in 3AW’s commentary that he felt “sick” for the younger star.
St Kilda nice Nick Riewoldt stated his inheritor in the No.12 jumper “just looked completely devoid of confidence”.
“His routine was broken to the point that, we watched him pretty close in the last five or 10 minutes and I just don’t think he wanted the ball,” Riewoldt advised Fox Footy.
“We’ve all been there, I’ve been there and it’s a horrible feeling.
“When you lose confidence in your routine and your ability to go back and even make reasonably good contact, it’s a horrible feeling.”
The 22-year-old’s goalkicking has been a obvious challenge at instances all through his 59-game profession, having additionally struggled in spherical 20 towards Hawthorn with 2.5 and in spherical six towards GWS with 1.7.
Channel 7 commentators Luke Hodge, Brian Taylor and Matthew Richardson all agreed his method was the problem.
“He just has no momentum with his run up,” Hodge stated.
“Because he kicks the ball with no momentum he leans back, which means more often than not he misses to the right.”
“He’s now hurrying, which says he’s not confident,” Taylor added.
Richardson stated an excellent method can overcome any psychological points.
“That’s where you need the strong technique,” he stated.
“If you’ve got a mental issue and your technique can still stand up, you might be all right.”
Lloyd, who beforehand coached King at Haileybury Faculty, put his hand as much as assist King final 12 months however the Saints blocked the transfer.
Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas took to Twitter to plead for assistant coach Jarryd Roughead to step apart and permit Lloyd to assist.
However regardless of the calls for Lloyd, Ratten stated they gained’t be trying for exterior assist.
“He won’t be seeing anyone outside the club, he doesn’t need to,” Ratten stated post-match.
“We’ve got people with the skillset to keep working there. It’s not just all about the technical aspect, there’s a mental aspect as well.
“With goalkicking, it’s a closed skill and there’s different elements to it. It’s not just we bring someone in and they fix up the ball drop or something like that.
“He hasn’t got many flaws, but sometimes it can go against him.”
– With AAP