GEELONG captain Joel Selwood admits he knows his tactics to draw high contact free kicks “annoys people” but will continue to take on tacklers during games.
Selwood’s ability to draw free kicks was a talking point again on Easter MondayGEELONG captain Joel Selwood admits he knows his tactics to draw high contact free kicks “annoys people” but will continue to take on tacklers during games.
Selwood’s ability to draw free kicks was a talking point again on Easter Monday when the star midfielder received one in the opening quarter of the loss to Hawthorn and was awarded a 50m penalty directly after a frustrated James Sicily knocked him to the ground.
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He has made an art form of dropping his body and raising his arm to win free kicks and despite the AFL changing its rules to stop players winning frees for ducking, Selwood still uses his smarts to draw high contact.
Selwood isn’t bothered by the attention he gets from opposition players and supporters, as fans erupted on social media on Monday.
Joel Selwood raises his arm in an attempt to win a free kick for too high. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images
When asked on Talking Footy whether he feels as though the league has implemented an interpretation of a rule aimed directly at him, Selwood said: “It can look like that.
“We’re in the fortunate position where we get the umpires come out to us and actually explain how the rule is going to be adjudicated.
“As players we understand you can still take the players on and that’s what I try and do. I have a different way to others to do it and it annoys people, we do understand.”
Running with the ball at the 13 minute mark of the first term, Selwood felt contact from Hawk Ryan Burton and began to drop. Burton disengaged, but his pace allowed him to stay with Selwood and lay a second tackle.
The Cats’ captain felt the Hawk’s contact and dipped at the knees, causing Burton to wrap his arms around Selwood’s head.
Give that quarter comfortably to Hawthorn. Wish Selwood didn’t resort to his body-lowering, shoulder-shrugging antics like he does #AFLCatsHawks
— Ryan Buckland (@RyanBuckland7) April 2, 2018
Funny how Geelong thinks the holy trinity is Garry, Selwood, Danger, when it’s actually, bend the knee, duck, head, lift arm! #AFLCatsHawks
— Kate Suckling (@KateSuckling) April 2, 2018
Selwood dropping to his knees is no different to staging. It’s playing for free kicks and the umpires get sucked in. #AFLCatsHawks
— Anthony Campbell (@mintycampbell) April 2, 2018
Sicily getting into Selwood for trying to duck…good on him! #AFLCatsHawks
— wanga (@wanga27) April 2, 2018
Not sure if I’m more annoyed selwood still drops his knees or the umpires falling for it? @AFL #AFLCatsHawks
— MR5ver (@lzaffina) April 2, 2018
Selwood kicked a goal from the 50m penalty paid against Sicily and gave the fiery Hawk and some lip on his way back to the middle.
AFL legend Leigh Matthews said it should be up to the tackler to ensure no contact was made with the head.
“(Selwood) Just lowered the body height, some people say that is drawing the free kick,” Matthews said on the Seven commentary.
“I say make the tackler tackle low.”
Selwood maintains he plays to the rules and left it up to the AFL to judge.
“There is a little bit of an art to it,” Selwood said in 2012.
“You can talk about the whole thing that I duck but I do it to the rules at the moment and I will continue to do it until they get changed.”