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Blues star takes place in goalkicking history

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It didn't look like missing
Jack Riewoldt

YOUNG children of all ages are going to go home and practice the "Patty Cripps punt kick," according to victorious Team Rampage captain Jack Riewoldt. 

And that, he says, was the main driver behind Friday night's realestate.com.au AFLX tournament, as the players enjoyed themselves in front of an audience containing plenty of kids.

Cripps' place kick, with Riewoldt acting as holder, was one of the highlights of the night, and the Tigers star believes the fact players were able to be bold, and try things they wouldn't normally, signalled the one-night event was a resounding success.

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"This is about expressing yourself as a player. Whether that's walking in in completely different clothes to ones that you would usually wear, to the way people played the game and what they brought out of their own kit bag," Riewoldt said.

"Why not try it? This was the platform to do it and I'm sure there'll be plenty of kids who are going to go home and put the ball on the ground and get their little brother or sister to hold the ball and try to kick a punt kick like Patty Cripps."

Cripps was the star of the night at Marvel Stadium, winning the Superboot award as the highest-scoring player.

Team Rampage's vice-captain was damaging when isolated as the deepest forward, with his brute strength and considerable power coming to the fore in one-on-one contests.

But he admitted the place kick was a bit of a fluke.

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"I've never done one before, but it did come off pretty sweet. We had the whole Rampage symbol going and I reckon our group had the most fun (of all the teams)," Cripps said.

Riewoldt revealed Lions star and Rampage teammate Dayne Zorko came up with the concept of the place kick.

Originally, Riewoldt asked whether he could be the one who kicked it. But considering it was Cripps who took the mark and the 10-second shot clock was running down, the Blues' gun midfielder had to be the one who took the kick.

"Dayne Zorko brought it to us and we asked the umpires how it would go ahead if we were able to hold it and who would have to kick it," Riewoldt said.

"It didn't look like missing."

 

Cripps and Riewoldt both backed the AFLX concept to continue beyond this season.

"Coming in I didn't think the game suited me at all. I still think it's more for the nippy guys in the middle. The whole concept I really enjoyed it," Cripps said.

"You get 50 of the best players to come together. You respect them as players but you don't really know them and then you go and have a few beers together.

"There are a lot of good blokes at all footy clubs."

Riewoldt said the ability for the AFLX game to be staged overseas opened up endless possibilities.

"The world's its oyster," Riewoldt said.

"Clearly with the diameter of the field it can be played in any country of the world. The AFL is broadening its horizons with games in Shanghai (China).

"This is something that could take off in Hong Kong or even London. It's really exciting and the one thing the AFL has been strong on with the players is that it's where we want to take it.

"There's no doubt that there's guys sitting at home who didn't put their hand up to play will be looking at this going, 'I wouldn't mind playing in that next year'.

"It's not going to take over the game we do love and the regular season, but it's a game that can certainly partner with it well."