Thursday 25 December 2014

It's time Kildare addressed the yips in their kicks

Ger Gilroy

Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30

A dejected Niall Kelly after Kildare's defeat to Meath on Sunday. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
A dejected Niall Kelly after Kildare's defeat to Meath on Sunday. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

This is not an act of treason, it's an act of love. Kildare have a problem with their kicking and it needs to be addressed.

The perception from their supporters is that they make poor decisions at key moments, kick from bad angles and are prone to the yips.

It's not a new thing. It happened under Micko the first time and even sometimes during the second spin around, it happened under Dermot Earley Snr, Padraig Nolan suffered the same thing and it blighted the great team that McGeeney built.

The U-21s have occasional bouts of it too.

Kildare rank 13th in shooting percentage since 2011 – the brilliant statistician Rob Carroll (@thevideoanalyst) confirmed the perception that all Kildare supporters know to be true – there is an issue and the facts support it.

Against the top teams the scoring percentage drops from 50pc to 41pc, for the top teams it remains at 50pc. Kildare can flat-track bully with the rest of them, but something stops them against the best teams. The shiver each wide sends down the spine of the Kildare crowd is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Maybe it needs some collective response to throw off the shackles of a history of wides. Maybe it just needs to be talked about.

Irish Independent

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