We could watch this one over and over and over again…
The toe-tap or solo is something we Gaelic football heads hold very close to our hearts as it’s something seldom seen in any other sport. However, the seemingly simple act of dropping a ball onto your toe and kicking it back up into your hands is something that is strangely difficult for a novice to pull off.
For years, the AFL have been taking some of the brightest young talents in Gaelic football and converting them to the oval balled game. Many have struggled to adapt to the game while others have thrived.
The two sports hold a lot of similarities, hence the reason they look to our games for potential recruits, but they’re also very different with one such example being that they don’t solo the ball, they only bounce it.
Enter, Conor McKenna…
The former Tyrone underage star is one of those bright sparks who have taken to the AFL like a duck to water. He’s become an integral part of the Essendon side over the past two seasons and looks to be loving life Down Under.
The 23-year-old helped Essendon come from 30 points down to record a remarkable 96 to 75 win over the Adelaide Crows earlier today and although the Tyrone man didn’t score he did produce one of the game’s most memorable moments, a beautiful solo dummy that you’ll never get tired of watching.
— Pundit Arena (@PunditArena) July 19, 2019
Turns out it’s not the first time McKenna has pulled it off either. In February of last year, he executed this perfect solo dummy that totally fooled the Richmond defence.
— AFL (@AFL) February 24, 2018