As Beggers has eluded to in his latest blog, the Australian National Hockey League (AHL) this year will be experimenting with something very new and unique.
There’s been a lot of talk about Penalty Corners and how much impact they are having on the game, for the good or bad. Inevitably the discussion turns from the dangers to defenders to the worth of the specialist flickers and their ability around the ground. If there is a hot topic about an aspect of our game, it’s the Short Corner.
Well, with backing of Australias Coach, Ric Charlesworth, the AHL will be going this year without the PC.
What’s going to happen now for an infringement in the circle?
A 4 on 3 scenario. That’s what.
This will be the setup. Defence is setup with the Keeper and two defenders on the goal line. The offence still has the same injection point with a player bringing the ball into play. They will have three other attackers lined up at the 25. The ball is played in and the scenario starts up, 4 on 3 (including the keeper). The rest of the players line up on the back 25 line and come into play the same was a normal PC.
What impact will this have on the game? Well that’s very hard to say right now. The AHL teams are currently training with these new scenarios and new tactics are being formed. We wont know how this will impact the game until it happens and the world’s first top tier tournament plays it through. So from May 2010, keep your eyes on the AHL and Gryphon Life to see how it progresses.
Players and positions will indeed need to adjust and none more than the specialist flicker.
What do you think about this change? Does our game need such dramatic changes?