Former swan helps Eagles juniors to soar

A kicking skills clinic for MinMan Football Club juniors with former Sydney Swans player Tim Schmidt clearly paid off, with the Eagles Under 17s and Under 14s scoring well on the weekend.

At last week’s training session Tim instructed juniors from sub-minis through to Under 17s on the four key points to a good drop punt.

Players were encouraged to think critically about their kick, analysing their body alignment, ball drop, contact point and follow through.

Colts players were also given extra drills, extending what they had learnt to other kicks including stab pass, advantage kick and ‘the lob’.

Tim grew up in Robertstown, before moving to play for West Adelaide in the AFL, and then heading east after he was picked up by the Sydney Swans in the national draft.

He is an accredited Level 1 AFL coach, and Senior Assistant and Skills Coach for the NEAFL team Sydney Hills Eagles and owns Kicking Dynamics, a specialist skills academy with a focus on kicking technique.

Tim believes that excellent technique will give a player an advantage over those who are strong athletes but lack precision in their skills.

The session was the first Tim had conducted outside of Sydney, but he hopes to return to South Australia on a regular basis. 

Tim Schmidt’s football achievements

* Played six seasons for Robertstown Football Club

* State U/12’s South Australia 1997/98 (Captain 1998)

* At 14 years old played for West Adelaide Under 17s in SANFL

* State U/16’s South Australia 2001/02 (Captain 2002)

* Joint winner of the Kevin Sheehan Medal – Best Player in the U/16 championships for Div 1

* AIS / AFL academy 2002 – tour of Ireland 2003 U/17’s (1 of 3 captains for the tour) * State U/18’s South Australia 2003

* Drafted pick #29 to Sydney Swans in the 2003 National AFL draft

* Debuted round 17, 2006 against Port Adelaide FC

* Rising Star Player of the Year, Sydney Swans 2007

* Played 17 senior games and kicked 12 goals for the Sydney Swans FC (2003-2009)

* Retired at the end of 2009 due to injuries.