Once again, Happy Friday coaches! If you follow us on Twitter, or read the Test Series post last Friday you will have noticed that we were a little bit excited here at Team Coaching. We ran our very first Performance Club Coach Workshop, inviting a number of coaches that currently coach in a performance league. Footage from the world cup was played and observation tools, hints and tips shared by Denise Ellis. The coaches then headed court side to put their newly learnt skills into practice observing the Diamonds Centre Pass Defence.


The focus of the workshop was on the observation and analysis of the Australian Centre Pass defence.

Following the match we got together to discuss what had been observed and analysed how this may impact on play. Today we are sharing one of the observations made by the coaches on Sunday. This defence on the centre pass is known as Flooding. The importance in this set up is for the attack to clearly know their role. The whole team must be in the game and know their role before the opposing centre even steps into the centre circle.

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  • The roles of the WD and GD are to set up on the near side of the ball, dictating the space so that their attacker must run wide.
  • The role of the C is to double mark either GA or WA.
  • The role of WA and GA is to sprint up to their defensive transverse line and ‘flood’ the area.















You can see this in action below at the final test match on Sunday.

This defence can be seen above, note the Australian WA and GA sprinting forwards to defend the England attacking transverse line.


Thank you to all that attended for your enthusiasm and willingness to learn. For more pictures have a look on Facebook…click here


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