Ten of the Best: Intercepts


In our new GIF series, we’ll be looking at different moves in detail. We kick off with my personal fave, the intercept.

1. The attacking steal

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Always so satisfying to win the ball back in the goal third. Caitlin Thwaites’ hands-over pressure means that Erin Bell can get the steal.

2. Edge of the circle

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Top tier of difficulty. Top marks.

3. Two-on-one

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Malawi’s GK loiters in the middle of the circle to make it look like the pass is on, then drops back for the intercept.

4. Full sprint

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This is a full-on flying punch from Stacey Francis. She manages to keep it onside and hits it to the hands of a teammate.

5. Attacking defence

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Ella Clark makes this one look easy.

6. Three feet tip

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Another Ella Clark special – great one to try if you’re blessed with a high vertical leap.

7. Team effort

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Serena Guthrie drops off to tip this one and Stacey Francis collects.

8. Flying steal

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Vintage Sharni Layton. She reads the pass a mile off and snatches it cleanly.

9. Tracking back

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Guthrie sticks on Kim Green all the way into the pocket and comes out with the intercept.

10. Tap and collect

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One of these will have the other team shouting NO OVERHEADS for the rest of the match.