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Cloke uses headphones to cure kicking

Melissa Woods 18/04/2011 05:41:41 PM Comments (0)

What's good enough for King George VI is good enough for Collingwood's Travis Cloke.

In the Academy Award-winning film The King's Speech, the English monarch wore headphones blasting loud music so he couldn't hear himself stammering.

Cloke is using a similar treatment to overcome his stuttering goal-kicking; listening to the cheers of an MCG crowd while practising.

As his club's leading goalkicker with 12 from four games ahead of the Magpies' Anzac Day clash with Essendon, it's working a treat.

"I've been using a different technique with the iPod in the ears and listening to a bit of the crowd noise," the forward explained.

"Just getting used to the crowd noise, we get pretty big crowds, and it seems to be working."

The idea came from the club's football technology manager, Marcus Wagner, and he'd been using it for the past two months.

"It's starting to show it works so I'm going to stick with it.

"I use it once or twice a week and just do half a dozen or a dozen shots a day.

"It's coming along nicely, obviously I kicked a few points on the weekend," Cloke said of three majors in Collingwood's 71-point win over Richmond.

"I've worked pretty hard on it and I think it's starting to turn."

Cloke could be called on to shoulder more of the goalkicking burden against Essendon with his fellow forward Chris Dawes given a one-game suspension by the AFL match review panel for striking Richmond youngster Reece Conca.

The 24-year-old said the scene was set for a cracking Anzac Day clash next Monday with the two teams in great form.

The Bombers had a 79-point draw with Carlton in round four.

"It's going to be a fantastic game.

"Obviously we played them in the NAB Cup grand final and the two teams are playing really good football," he said.

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