Machine’s Comeback: Part 1 – USAU Nationals 2019 Men’s Final

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At 10-6 down machine field the pull and run a vertical stack. Yiding Hou recognises that Nathan Kwon is poaching, so threatens to go deep. Kwon gesticulates to his teammates for cover, and Janus breaks the force around to Evangelides. Notice how Kwon’s defensive positioning is dictated by the position of his teammates. He orbits sharply around Hou as his teammate passes quickly on the far side. This is because the open spaces are changing as the players on the field move. He effectively forces Hou to move towards his teammate, which deflects his cut and he ends in no-man’s-land for a couple of seconds. Kwon uses this time to clog the throwing lane again, and then closes Hou down very quickly as he starts to become a throwing option again. Hou reacts aggressively by threatening up line, but Kwon stays balanced and isn’t faked out either way. All this has forced a stall 8 or 9 situation. Machine continue to struggle to get flow, before Joe White turfs a backhand.

Hou sets off deep and isn’t really picked up by Machine’s deepest defenders, one of whom comes under and the other sticks with White. Rankin winds up for the throw but Katz is clogging the throwing lane, leaving Janus as an open pass backwards and towards the sideline. Rankin then hard-pivots in the opposite direction to threaten the backhand, but Julian Hausman on force is able to pressure the release point, with enough time between hard-pivots to regain his balance. Foster also does well to react dynamically to the situation and make the thrower’s job harder.
Joe White gets the disc under and goes to execute his classic throw’n’go move, but unfortunately it’s a turn-n-go. First take notice of Kwon’s aggressive repositioning on the far side of the field – positioning himself towards the space White is looking at, and never lingering in space already occupied by a teammate.
In the semi final White was able to get these throw’n’go backhands off uncontested on multiple occasions, but it looks like the combination of hand and foot from Carnegie on the mark was enough to force the error this time, shuffling his feet to cover ground.

Sockeye turn over on their second pass with a pass to Kwon – William Katz puts too much zip on it. Keep your eye on Katz because the next time he touches the disc will also be a turn over. The Machine O line set up a horizontal stack and Christian Foster cleans up after Katz’s exceptional point block, again we see shuffling on the mark but note how every step is synchronised between Foster and Evangelides, and the awesome athleticism of Foster to instantly take the quickest interception route to the new path of the disc.

Sockeye dump and swing as Evangelides and White bracket the downfield stack for Machine. A zig-zag cut from Foster occupies both bracketing defenders, and the downfield Machine defenders don’t reposition to cover the big break space.

Foster pivots wide for an around break backhand to Carnegie for the last point to be scored by Sockeye before a 5 point run from Machine.

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Matsuno’s crossfield flick huck – Canada v Japan WUGC 2016 Film Session clip

Matsuno pivots inwards and launches a crossfield flick huck to Kurono – Travis Myburgh joins Felix to break down this play from the WUGC 2016 power pool game between Canada and Japan.

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Japan v USA: Kolick poach D & Japan dump-give-go switch

Alan Kolick getting a poach D on Matsuno’s throw, Japan switching on a dump-give-go move, and Kolick with a pinpoint around flick for the USA goal.

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Japan field the pull and swing the disc over to the far sideline. Matsuno attempts a pass down the line but Kolick has poached off a handler and gets an interception. This turnover, which I’ve analysed before in the USA-Japan turnovers video, starts with Matsuno pivoting outwards and focusing his attention down the narrow sideline space.

Kolick uses his position to keep half an eye on his mark, and half an eye on the field. It takes him one fifth of a second to react to Arakawa’s in-cut – he puts three hard steps in before getting a visual with the thrower Matsuno, who goes ahead with the throw because his view of Kolick was obscured by the force.

Point of note – Kichikawa and Tanaka’s close positioning here means Kolick and #24 Sefton have the opportunity to gain advantage through sandwiching and switching. Sefton should have covered Kolick’s mark as he went deep, as this would have allowed Kolick to make his poaching bid without exposing any significant vulnerability if the bid was not successful.

USA then complete six passes in flow whilst Japan are sagging off to find their marks and set up their D. Kolick dumps to “happy-feet” BJ Sefton, and Japan make a soft travel call.

Japan have a tendency to not mark anyone behind the disc until after stall 3, meaning they’re in a good position to counter this classic ‘dump and give-go’ move with a switch. This move is like a Dylan Freechild Classic – you can see here him running it in 2013 against Oregon. He receives the dump pass and when the defender moves to cover the around he quickly passes back where the disc came from and strikes up the line.

Tanaka, with the red headband, shouts and points as soon as Kolick releases the disc, but Kichikawa is already aware & moving to switch – meaning both players are familiar with and practiced at switching in this situation.

This is an often-seen switch made by Japan & Buzz Bullets – in GB in 2011 we practiced emulating it and called it the ‘Buzz switch’, although with so much to learn about switching this name now seems too generalised.

A switching principle that could be applied is “*if a teammate is in a better position to cover your mark, and you are in a better position to cover theirs, switch*”.

Tanaka sags off Sefton again after he releases the disc, allowing USA to move the disc off the sideline very quickly. Cool as a cucumber, Kolick breaks the force with an around flick to Tom Doi – securing USA the break and putting them 6-4 up.

Kolick had a great poach interception earlier on in this point, even though it would’ve exposed a weakness had he not got the disc. Japan then tried to contain the USA offence with a bit of switching and sagging off, but the USA took what they were given, moved the disc around quickly, and Kolick was clinical with his final throw into the end zone.

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