| Analysis of our own players prior
to Queensland juniors 2009
David can of course win U18, but a coach on the other
side can get his player to lock David in backhand and also
move him towards middle of the table for so playing out in
his backhand. Players with topspin can also vary their speed
and spin - using topspin with more spin than speed. David's
attitude might also let him down. But gold should glimmer!
Carl - his footwork is not good enough, he has obviously
not been practising footwork (sideways and dept) and irregular
exercises. He can do well against "no-thinking"-players,
but is so dependant on winning with his first forehand-loop
from backhand-corner. Can loose against players with ability
to place the ball and/or attack first.
Walter can be the big surprise of the tournament, but
routine might be lacking to win! And unfortunately he has
not been able to practise as much as he should due to school-work,
but he is the player from TTTA with the best style. A weakness
is a lack of pressure in the (good) loops, and that he might
not believe 100 percent in himself (routine).
Nick has been having a terrible year with his health
problems, and will struggle to get good results. He can surprise
now and then, but good players should be able to utilise his
problems in moving correct (due to change of playing-hands).
Must be the boss of the table and not give them time to work
on (or show) his problems. His loops are getting there, but..
Callum is coming strong, but it might be too short
time for him to get his forehand-loop and footwork in good
enough shape to get results. His backhand loop is outstanding,
but is lacking in other areas. With a proper attitude he will
do better and better during the tournament.
Eliza should be doing very well, but I feel it is so
dependant of good coaching. She is lacking patience in her
game, she is making mistakes herself when she should wait
for the correct chance (and force opponent to make mistake).
Her loop is not yet good enough (wrong balance and arm-movement)
and she is often smashing in unbalance. Her defensive play
is very good - so should stick to own game-plan!
Luke is very talented and has sharpened his game. Can
get some very good result, but unfortunately too much is lacking.
His footwork is not good enough and neither is his forehand-loop.
Patient players can take away his game-plan totally. Luke
is too dependant of controlling the game against speed - not
everybody will give him speed to work on.
Sean has a deadly forehand loop, but no footwork. So
he will have to win with his first loop from a good position
- which good players (with a coach) will not allow him. Can
get good results but can be really disappointed as well.
Edward has all the talent, but is not concentrating
enough during coaching sessions. He should be winning U13
but not sure he will. Since he has been practicing more in
a wrong way than correct then the wrong style might turn up.
Balance totally wrong (as well as handgrip) - positioning
and distance to table can let his good loops down. Good serves!
Aaron was improving very well before he got sick -
starting to look like player, bending knees, leaning forwards
and attacking with good loops. A large problem is that somebody
seems to have giving him some wrong advice (coaching?) lately
- he is trying to smash everything, loosing three times as
many points as he is winning. In rhythm and after loops his
smashes can work, but a coach can tell his player to "undress"
Aaron - unfortunately. Makes me very sad/upset!
Olav can come as a big surprise. He might loose to
other TTTA-players (me not coaching him at the table), but
no U13 player should feel safe! He is improving rapidly now,
following our coaching plan, and that can give unexpected
results. He might of course also loose when he has the chance
to win - he has only been playing for one and a half year
and lack match-play against other players.
I do know very little about the other players in the tournament
(almost nothing), so it is very hard to predict the final