The noblest Kick that ever left a boot.
It had a different flight to most of them
because it started off from lower down
just at the point it lifted off the turf,
which meant you kicked it with a fuller arc
increasing Power without a loss of Grace.
Of course this made a few demands on Skill:
you had to drop the ball more carefully,
it took a moment longer to perform,
and if you didn't judge it well enough
the ball would only grub along the ground;
or if your game was going really wrong
you'd stub your toes or even break your foot.
The risks were just as great as the rewards.
A Kick like this, with all of life at stake,
could never be expected to survive
in what became a game for money men.
They forced it out because it took too long
(therefore returns could never be as quick)
and even more importantly because
you can't invest in something so unsure.
They didn't care about the spectacle,
the past, or what elliptic scope there was.
The coaches passed the business message on
and players slowly, sadly, changed their game.
The last reported Drop Kick in the League
was at the ‘G’ about four years ago.
In time-on, with his team down fifty points,
when all was lost, a youngster let one go,
believing it was just a bit of fun.
Before the ball had landed he was dragged.