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Punter Jy Bond

Q: When did you start considering giving American football a try?

A: Probably a few years ago.
Q: Before that, you never considered it?

A: No. About five years ago, my stepbrother was playing baseball in Texas. I came over and I was visiting him and I was having a kick of the ball, and the football coach came over and said, 'Hey mate, you're not too bad at this.' So I grabbed an American ball and had a bit of a boot. They asked me to come over and play for the college and have a college scholarship. I didn't think much about it until a few years later when I started working with Darren Bennett and he got me into it.
Q: You are obviously going to be competing with Dodge for the job…how do you view the competition and how do you feel about it?

A: Yeah, it's cool. It's good to have someone else out there. Like I said, I'm new to the sport so having someone else there to sort of compare and to watch is good. Having Jeff would've been awesome to learn from the best. I'm sure I could get in touch with him and have a bit of a practice. I've watched plenty of film on
him so I couldn't be happier. I've got a good role model in Sav (Rocca) around the corner but apparently he's my enemy now since he's on the Eagles.
Q: How much directional punting is there in Aussie Rules Football?

A: Well, it's all directional kicking. In Aussie Rules, you have to hit a target so it's not standing and punting, we have to hit guys running around so it's left and right and all that. It's often changing directions so I'll get used to standing and catching, rather than running.

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