Melbourne winger Josh Addo-Carr has revealed to Fox Sports that his freaky banana kick last night that setup teammate Cheyse Blair’s game-equalling try was planned.
Addo-Carr said that the Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy was looking to give his team an edge by trying to adopt skills from a rival code during the pre-season.
And who better to headhunt than a member of the AFL’s reigning premier, Richmond reserve grade coach Craig “Fly” McRae, who helped the Storm with their kicking skills.
“I don’t know his full name but his nickname is Fly,” Addo-Carr told Fox Sports post-match.
“He’s an assistant coach at Richmond. We worked really hard with him in the pre-season to try to get those little things right.
“I practise with some of the AFL guys who come and teach us how to kick the ball right.
“If those situations come up I have to take them with both hands because it’s my job as a winger to do that.
“I’m so happy it came off.
“I work really hard on that stuff and it was good to get the try assist.”
What’s more impressive about the play is that Addo-Carr executed the kick on the outside of his right boot, whereas he’d been practising the skill on his left foot.
“Because I’m a right footer and I play on the left side of the field I’ve been practising kicking with my left foot,” Addo-Carr said.
“I’ve been working pretty hard to kick it properly and get the balance to put it in the position I want it.”
The Origin star concluded that it was one of the hardest earned victories he had been a part of.
“It was an unbelievable game,” he said.