Points of views on captaincy

It’s February now. The historical women’s’ footy kicks off this weekend and pre-season matches start this month too. The mighty Saints’ first preseason match is played on my birthday, by the way!

This week brings me interesting news on footy.

On Monday, the Age reports that Jarryn Geary would be appointed as the new captain of St Kilda.

My preference has been Jack Steven, but Geary has been the front runner. Earlier this year, our veteran Leigh Montagna admits Geary will be the next skipper.

So I am a bit shocked, but not surprised. I listen to Run Home on SEN and it reports that Geary has been talking to former skipper Nick Riewoldt about captaincy. So he seems the right person to lead the Saints.

Then a listener makes an interesting point on the Soap Box. He is worried about a lack of kicking skills from Geary as he thinks a certain level of kicking skills is needed for a captain.

After the segment ends, the radio station makes calls to listeners to ask them about their favourite captains so they can make a conclusion if kicking skills are needed to lead clubs.

Sorry, if  I am not able to understand well (I should, as I would like to be a journalist), but it seems that many captains had good kicking skills.

The discussion thinks these skills are essential to have the top job in the team. In my opinion, if a skipper has good kicking skills, it would be great. But reading the skills of the games and good communication skills are more important in the role because they send messages to other players on the ground about leadership skills.

Two days later, it is Bob Murphy’s turn. The Bulldogs’ captain appeared on SEN’s Garry, Tim, and Hamish for the first time.

The exciting segment starts with him revealing he will captain the Doggies in 2017.

I had expected him to lead the last year’s premiership side, so am not surprised at all. Instead, I am surprised that the Whitten Oval didn’t release who would be their captain in 2017.

Some people urge that a young player should take over the top Dog job, but I think Murphy should stay because I am so impressed with his never give up attitudes and being a great player and bloke. He can train talented young players for the next captain.

Murphy understands the circumstances at St Kilda where Rooey has captained for 10 seasons. Then he thinks he can do the same to his Bulldogs.

I hope Geary will be a great skipper for the mighty Saints so that we will play finals in September.

About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Being a passionate Japanese St Kilda supporter currently based in Kyoto, I love writing articles in English and am glad to be a part of the Almanac family. Having the AFL Global Pass, I follow all St Kilda games mostly live. Otherwise I watch replay. Thanks the modern technology! But watching footy at the stadium is what I want. I'm sad not being able to watch an Anzac Day match in my favourite Wellington, but would love to do in Melbourne. Attending a St Kilda game in 2017 is sort of officially promised. My life needs to improve like did our boys in 2016. I wish I could contribute writing in English more to work even if I am less likely a professional writer.

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