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Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Wed 29 Apr, 2015 7:52 pm
by happy tiger
Russell wrote:Saw KB (Golden Boots) kick one 60m at Leichhardt with an RL ball.
A lot more difficult than a Union ball or a ball they have now.
60 metres or 60 yards Russell ??

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Wed 29 Apr, 2015 8:39 pm
by Flippedy
supercoach wrote:Once upon a time every team had a player capable of kicking that range, the likes of Barnes,longbottom,Killeen and George Tailforth come to mind. I remember Killen kicking one after the bell from the other side of halfway on the side line and it sailed over the posts to win a game at the old Cumberland oval, but it is now rare as mostly teams go for the try and also everyone kicks around the corner and usually do not have the strength of a player like big Patty.

In rugby its common place, but their ball is a little easier to kick and they do get lots of practice at kicking with the rule book twice the size of a bible and every ref wanting to enforce every rule in every game
Killeen was a fantastic kicker! I'm pretty sure he would've kicked some from long range during his career. Another good kicker from the same era was Magpie Tony Ford, who I saw regularly slot goals over from halfway and beyond, with ease. Surely there is a record somewhere of who has kicked the longest goal in rugby league history? They have recorded stats for just about everything else.

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Wed 29 Apr, 2015 9:12 pm
by yeti
And don't forget, these guys were kicking with the old leather balls that got heavier with sweat as the game wore on.

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Wed 29 Apr, 2015 9:18 pm
by Flippedy
yeti wrote:And don't forget, these guys were kicking with the old leather balls that got heavier with sweat as the game wore on.
God yes, they were like sandbags when they got wet! :lol:

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Wed 29 Apr, 2015 9:54 pm
by happy tiger
But I have found that the old leather balls when you hit them sweet go much further than the new synthetic balls

They torped easier the old leather ball

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Wed 29 Apr, 2015 9:59 pm
by Russell
happy tiger wrote:
Russell wrote:Saw KB (Golden Boots) kick one 60m at Leichhardt with an RL ball.
A lot more difficult than a Union ball or a ball they have now.
60 metres or 60 yards Russell ??
Obviously yards Happy (my error).

Still a great kick and one of only many from half way or I or 2 yards over

Richards 54m goal

Posted: Wed 29 Apr, 2015 11:43 pm
by grrrrrrrrrr
I vaguely remember a game when there was a penalty off the kick off for being In front of the kicker ( or something similar) then Ross Conlon places and kicks the penalty from halfway to goes 2 nil up without any play. He did something similar in an origin match.

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Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 5:23 am
by yeti
happy tiger wrote:But I have found that the old leather balls when you hit them sweet go much further than the new synthetic balls

They torped easier the old leather ball
I'll take your word for that Happy - I couldn't kick a cat!

Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 6:45 am
by Tigerdon
Ross Conlon "built for origin". Shows the importance of a gun kicker in big games. Pat will be a godsend when we are in the GF.

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Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 6:10 pm
by happy tiger
yeti wrote:
happy tiger wrote:But I have found that the old leather balls when you hit them sweet go much further than the new synthetic balls

They torped easier the old leather ball
I'll take your word for that Happy - I couldn't kick a cat!
Maybe its because my plant leg now is my crook knee , but the new balls seem harder to torp and when you do get them to torp they get too high

The older leather ball , I could get it to draw with the torp off the right foot and easily hit 40-50 plus metres but they would stay relatively low which I preferred

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 7:32 pm
by cunno
Richards' kick was one of the game highlights for me it showed how far on top WTs were and put the boot into the dogs not to mention the ball.

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 7:51 pm
by Geo.
happy tiger wrote:
yeti wrote:
happy tiger wrote:But I have found that the old leather balls when you hit them sweet go much further than the new synthetic balls

They torped easier the old leather ball
I'll take your word for that Happy - I couldn't kick a cat!
Maybe its because my plant leg now is my crook knee , but the new balls seem harder to torp and when you do get them to torp they get too high

The older leather ball , I could get it to draw with the torp off the right foot and easily hit 40-50 plus metres but they would stay relatively low which I preferred
:lol: :lol: Give yourself a rap or what....If they had 40/20's back in the day you would have killed it I'm sure...again... :lol: :lol:

Pat 'Happy' Richards..who

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 7:55 pm
by hobbo
Geo. wrote:
happy tiger wrote:
yeti wrote:
happy tiger wrote:But I have found that the old leather balls when you hit them sweet go much further than the new synthetic balls

They torped easier the old leather ball
I'll take your word for that Happy - I couldn't kick a cat!
Maybe its because my plant leg now is my crook knee , but the new balls seem harder to torp and when you do get them to torp they get too high

The older leather ball , I could get it to draw with the torp off the right foot and easily hit 40-50 plus metres but they would stay relatively low which I preferred
:lol: :lol: Give yourself a rap or what....If they had 40/20's back in the day you would have killed it I'm sure...again... :lol: :lol:

Pat 'Happy' Richards..who
I'm calling BS on happys kicking game .
We need video evidence :lol:
Even black & white pics will do .....

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 8:03 pm
by happy tiger
I had 3 years playing rugby in the 80 's as a fullback

Had to learn to kick long , about the only time you ran with the ball was to kick off

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 8:41 pm
by Geo.
happy tiger wrote:I had 3 years playing rugby in the 80 's as a fullback

Had to learn to kick long , about the only time you ran with the ball was to kick off
And the Wallabies didn't snap you up...what were they thinking... :crazy

Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 8:54 pm
by hobbo
Geo. wrote:
happy tiger wrote:I had 3 years playing rugby in the 80 's as a fullback

Had to learn to kick long , about the only time you ran with the ball was to kick off
And the Wallabies didn't snap you up...what were they thinking... :crazy
To be fair , he did get a call from the Wallaroos !
:D

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Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 10:13 pm
by happy tiger
Geo. wrote:
happy tiger wrote:I had 3 years playing rugby in the 80 's as a fullback

Had to learn to kick long , about the only time you ran with the ball was to kick off
And the Wallabies didn't snap you up...what were they thinking... :crazy
I wasn't really fussed on Union , didn't have a choice going to a GPS school and they prevented you playing League as well

What's the big deal about kicking a football 40-50 metres seriously ??

Re: Richards 54m goal

Posted: Thu 30 Apr, 2015 10:49 pm
by Flippedy
hobbo2803 wrote:
Geo. wrote:
happy tiger wrote:]
happy tiger wrote:But I have found that the old leather balls when you hit them sweet go much further than the new synthetic balls

They torped easier the old leather ball
I'll take your word for that Happy - I couldn't kick a cat!
Maybe its because my plant leg now is my crook knee , but the new balls seem harder to torp and when you do get them to torp they get too high

The older leather ball , I could get it to draw with the torp off the right foot and easily hit 40-50 plus metres but they would stay relatively low which I preferred
:lol: :lol: Give yourself a rap or what....If they had 40/20's back in the day you would have killed it I'm sure...again... :lol: :lol:

Pat 'Happy' Richards..who
I'm calling BS on happys kicking game .
We need video evidence :lol:
Even black & white pics will do .....[/quote]


Hmmm that could be a tad difficult, since Happy's playing days preceded the advent of the Box Brownie and Microfilm. You might just have to take his word for it :mrgreen: