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Personal Portfolio on Gaelic Football.

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Personal Portfolio on Gaelic Football My Sport The sport I have chosen for my portfolio is Gaelic Football. I am going to name the abilities that I need to be able to play football to a reasonable standard and justify them. Also I am going to explain what the particular skills are that are needed to play Gaelic Football and give my strengths and weaknesses as a player of the sport. What abilities do I need to be a Gaelic Footballer? Playing at centre half forward which is one of the most important on the pitch (number 11 on the above diagram), I have to have several different abilities to play well in Gaelic Football. There are various gross motor abilities and perceptual abilities that are essential to be a good Gaelic Footballer, and many more that help to make a good player. These are the needed gross motor abilities -: * Dynamic strength - muscular force is needed to compete for any sort of challenge in the game. * Static Strength - this is required when competing for the ball in situations where not a lot of movement can be made i.e. defending a free close to the goal that drops into a congested goalmouth. ...read more.

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* Reaction time - again this is essential, especially for backs and forwards when the ball comes to them unexpectedly, they have to be able to react to the ball to gain possession and carry out an appropriate action. * Speed of movement - every player has to have some speed, even if it is over 5 metres as this would gain them the ball in tight situations, however it is not essential to be able to sprint at a high speed over 100 metres. * Rate control - a player has to be able to control the pace at which he runs and in which direction he runs. * Aiming - this is of huge importance in Gaelic Football, as to be successful in a match situation, players have to be able to shoot and pass which all require a player to aim. Skills specific to Gaelic Football There are many different skills and types of skills specific to football. The types of skills are as follows: * Cognitive skills - these are the tactics side of Gaelic Football. They are worked out before each game by the manager or his assistants and pre-determine the players that will play and in what positions and the way the team will play (i.e. ...read more.

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Predominantly my position is centre half forward (number 11 on the diagram), however I have the ability to play in any of the other forwards positions. Centre half forward is an extremely important position for anyone to play and so in any match I have to be entirely focused on the game ahead. My strengths In Gaelic football, it is essential you have upper body strength to win aerial challenges and to hold off opposition players when you have possession of the ball. I believe I have good upper body strength, however it could be improved which would make me a better player. I am good at judging situations and know where players on my team are when I am in possession of the ball. I also have brilliant accuracy when it comes to shooting and I also take frees (free kicks) for my club which shows they believe I have great accuracy too. I also am able to make a wide range of passes, short and long using both my hands and feet. My weaknesses Although I have good upper body strength, I still feel it could be improved to make me an even better player. I also have average stamina, but maybe increasing stamina levels could improve me as a whole giving me the ability to get into better positions and more quickly for the whole 70 minutes instead of just 60 for instance. ...read more.

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