Hamish McIntosh missed a sitter at the MCG on Monday

Hamish McIntosh missed a sitter at the MCG on Monday Photo: Getty Images

It is a problem as old as the game itself, but once again the issue of poor goalkicking reared its head over the Easter weekend of football.

A string of coaches bemoaned their side's consistent inability to convert in front of goal, a factor that nearly caused Richmond and the Gold Coast to stumble on the road against lowly opposition, and was arguably the key reason for West Coast's defeat to Port Adelaide.

The most baffling of all the misses probably belonged to Geelong ruckman Hamish McIntosh during Monday's showpiece battle with Hawthorn. Otherwise an impressive performer, McIntosh somehow managed to waste a chance right on the half-time siren from merely 15 metres out, directly in front – a moment that the revitalised former Kangaroo struggled to explain on Tuesday morning. 

"I don't know, I'm just a big, tall dopey ruckman, and I've lived up to the reputation there haven't I?" McIntosh told SEN.

"I don't know, the siren went just as I was kicking and it kind of put me off. But don't get me wrong, I've had about 100 messages from all my mates calling me an idiot, so I'll move on from it pretty quickly."

McIntosh was able to laugh off his bewildering blunder, but the matter was far more serious for Eagles coach Adam Simpson in the wake of his side's 14-point loss to the Power.

Simpson's team kicked 7.14 on Saturday at Patersons Stadium, a tally that included an untidy 3.8 between key forward pair Jack Darling (2.3) and Josh Kennedy (1.5).

"We just didn't make the most of our chances early in the last [quarter]. When the game was up for grabs, we just didn't take it," Simpson said post-game.

"It speaks for itself, doesn't it? More scoring shots [but] you lose the game – no one likes to see that stat."

But Darling did not believe there was an inherent flaw in either his or Kennedy's technique.

“I think we’re both pretty comfortable with our routines,” Darling said on Monday.

“It’s just one of those things. We hit the post a couple of times. I got 2.3 – 4.1 would have been nice.

“Maybe it’s just our ball movement, where we get our shots from.”

Suns coach Guy McKenna could have avoided what ultimately  became a stressful afternoon at the MCG had his side been able to finish better inside 50 on Sunday against Melbourne.

"We kicked 11.20 and I'd say 10 easily out of bounds on the full – and not all in the forward 50 too – so that certainly doesn't help," McKenna said after his side narrowly escaped by eight points.

Likewise, Tigers coach Damien Hardwick had cause for goalkicking concern, and indicated that his side would be renewing its focus on what has become an Achilles heel, illustrated most recently by the 15.16 posted in Thursday night's win over Brisbane.

“It [bad goalkicking] has been a common theme [and] we’re trying to address it the best we can," Hardwick said. 

"We’re having a lot of shots but they’re not going through the big sticks. Even last week ... we kicked 1.4 with two out on the full [in the first quarter].

“What you find is you only get a certain amount of momentum in games, so we’re just not making the most of that, which we’re continuing to work on."