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‘This is tough viewing’: AFL world left stunned by ‘atrocious’ kicking

Jun 12, 2021

It could be the inefficient half of footy Stuart Dew and his Gold Coast Suns are left to rue.
Yet it wasnt as if the Dockers didnt commit some shocking offences with ball in hand either.
Fremantle led the Suns 3.4 (22) to 1.8 (14) at half-time of Saturdays clash at Optus Stadium after a scrappy and sloppy first two quarters.
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The Suns, in particular, were wasteful in the second term, generating 15 inside 50s to Fremantles nine yet managing a wasteful 0.5 for the quarter.
By half-time, theyd kicked 1.6 from set-shots.
Yes theyre taking some from difficult positions but theyre all very kickable goals, legendary Hawthorn goalkicker Jason Dunstall told Fox Footy.
Its a confidence thing. Once a few of your teammates start to miss, the next person that ha the shot starts to feel the pressure. They go we keep missing and all of a sudden you get these negative thoughts in your head.
Footy fans and commentators were left frustrated by the inaccuracy of both teams.
But none were as frustrated as Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir, who was disappointed with his sides poor ball use.
We dodged a few bullets, Longmuir told Fox Footy at half-time.
It is (concerning) and we just didnt do the basics well. We tried to overuse the ball in our back-half, didnt show any composure with the ball then fed in to what they want.
I dont think were giving them (our forwards) any chance at all because our backs have showed very little composure with the ball. Theyre either kicking it back to them or stuffing around with it in our back-half, which is not what we want to do. Well tidy that up.