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Sunday, 23 September 2018

REVEALED: Magpies cult hero's ugly first kick


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Collingwood US cult hero Mason Cox has paid tribute to the Magpies coaching staff for teaching him the finer arts of kicking a Sherrin after a video showing his remarkable transformation in only four years of playing AFL.

Cox turned in a standout performance for the Magpies in their emphatic win over premier Richmond at the MCG last Friday night, coming up with three goals and eight contested marks in an effort that coach Nathan Buckley later described as his most complete performance of the season.

The Sunday Footy Show revealed a video of one of Cox’s first kicks of a Sherrin – an ugly looking double-handled drop that wobbled off to the right – before praising him for turning things around.

“This is one of your first kicks ever, the double-handed ball drop, and we laugh but just credit to you Mason,” panellist Matthew Lloyd said.

Mason Cox takes one of his first kicks with an AFL ball at the Swiss Alps in 2014.

“Now you’ve become a great set shot for goal. I reckon within 35-40 metres you kick more than you miss.

“There’s players who have played since they were three, four, had a footy, they can’t do what you do so talk us through who helped you and how long it took to get the one-handed drop and those sort of things.”

The 211cm tall Texan, who only came to the attention of the AFL community after turning out at a US International Combine for potential Australian Rules footballers in 2014, revealed that the video was actually shot while he was travelling through the Swiss Alps.

“That’s actually the Swiss Alps, that’s not even America,” Cox said.

“I was travelling Europe and (former Magpies development coach) Craig McRae sent through a video because he was the kicking coach. That was about four years ago.

Collingwood's Mason Cox celebrates a goal against Richmond in the Preliminary Final.

“Craig McRae and (Magpies defensive coach) Anthony Rocca are the two that have helped me since day one. A lot of the credit to (learning) the skill set and being able to master it, well not master it, but just kind of get the basics done and go from there.

“(Magpies assistant coach) Brenton Sanderson is our forward line coach now and has helped me out quite a bit and (Magpies Academy coach) Brad Gotch would like to take a bit of credit. He does some contested marking with me, that’s a joke, he’s about four foot tall.

“There’s been a lot of little things. I think the biggest thing for me is to take out what is going to work for you from each person and be able to apply it to your trade.

“It’s not necessarily one person who’s told me how to do it and that’s the perfect way of doing it. It’s saying this works for me, this doesn’t work for me and just being able to take everything from whoever’s teaching you.”

Collingwood US cult hero Mason Cox has paid tribute to the Magpies coaching staff for teaching him the finer arts of kicking a Sherrin after a video showing his remarkable transformation in only four years of playing AFL.

Cox turned in a standout performance for the Magpies in their emphatic win over premier Richmond at the MCG last Friday night, coming up with three goals and eight contested marks in an effort that coach Nathan Buckley later described as his most complete performance of the season.

The Sunday Footy Show revealed a video of one of Cox’s first kicks of a Sherrin – an ugly looking double-handled drop that wobbled off to the right – before praising him for turning things around.

“This is one of your first kicks ever, the double-handed ball drop, and we laugh but just credit to you Mason,” panellist Matthew Lloyd said.

Mason Cox takes one of his first kicks with an AFL ball at the Swiss Alps in 2014.

“Now you’ve become a great set shot for goal. I reckon within 35-40 metres you kick more than you miss.

“There’s players who have played since they were three, four, had a footy, they can’t do what you do so talk us through who helped you and how long it took to get the one-handed drop and those sort of things.”

The 211cm tall Texan, who only came to the attention of the AFL community after turning out at a US International Combine for potential Australian Rules footballers in 2014, revealed that the video was actually shot while he was travelling through the Swiss Alps.

“That’s actually the Swiss Alps, that’s not even America,” Cox said.

“I was travelling Europe and (former Magpies development coach) Craig McRae sent through a video because he was the kicking coach. That was about four years ago.

Collingwood's Mason Cox celebrates a goal against Richmond in the Preliminary Final.

“Craig McRae and (Magpies defensive coach) Anthony Rocca are the two that have helped me since day one. A lot of the credit to (learning) the skill set and being able to master it, well not master it, but just kind of get the basics done and go from there.

“(Magpies assistant coach) Brenton Sanderson is our forward line coach now and has helped me out quite a bit and (Magpies Academy coach) Brad Gotch would like to take a bit of credit. He does some contested marking with me, that’s a joke, he’s about four foot tall.

“There’s been a lot of little things. I think the biggest thing for me is to take out what is going to work for you from each person and be able to apply it to your trade.

“It’s not necessarily one person who’s told me how to do it and that’s the perfect way of doing it. It’s saying this works for me, this doesn’t work for me and just being able to take everything from whoever’s teaching you.” https://ift.tt/2xxTqbs
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