Re: who to mark?
At centre throw as the WA or GA I always find I’m being covered by both the opposing Centre and my defender. How does the Centre choose who to cover? Also I occasionally play Centre myself and am never sure who to cover. Any thoughts, tips and ideas would be appreciated.
I think the best is to see who is the stronger player out of the WA and GA. Once you determine that, you can mark the player. You can normally pick that up in the first 2 play offs. Normally the centres pass to these two players only.
When your playing centre:
In our team we get our WD and GD to mark the outside of their opponents pushing them as close together (and towards the centre) as you can. Then you as the centre literally stand in the middle arms spread out marking the space inbetween. Works very well as the players find it difficult to get free. Just make sure you get your WD and GD to mirror each other either pushing out or pushing in.
These are some of the methods we use in my team.........
C position: C pass off - A Centre needs to know out of the WA or GA which one is the stronger/faster/more agile of the 2 in order to get the centre pass off quickly. When the opposing C double guards at the C pass off it forces the other C to use the remaining positions. Don’t forget your GD and WD are available to come up from the rear to gain C pass off which then allows the WA/GA to position themselves closer to their goal circle to feed the ball into the GS.
When defending you should put yourself ballside (in between the player holding the ball and the player you are defending.) At the defence transverse line, the combo WD WA GA GD (where the Def positions use the sandwhich method) has one downfall where the attacking players can effectively shunt the defence behind them and thereby blocking their ability to intercept because they are closer to the C and the Def players are effectively closer to the sidelines limiting the space in which they can move (we tend to use that method f