There is no more common play in Buce than the almighty Tomahawk. Now used by top-tier teams in the highest echelons of Buce competition, it’s mere existence is also a common in-joke among the community. Here’s how it was born.
It was not long after the 2008 Buce League that Michael Read founded the Hawks in anticipation for the 2009 Buce League. Originating from the 2008 contestants the Front Team, Read was keenly aware that a determining factor in the Front Team’s loss in the 2008 league was the opponent’s dominance in midfield.
Read quickly devised some set plays to alleviate pressure onto the team and quickly put the Hawks onto the attack from any position on the field: the Tomahawk and the Doublehawk.
Originally shrouded in mystery and highly speculated about in the media, eventually both plays became uncovered. The Tomahawk was a tactic in which a player circumvented the Halfway Rule by serving it to a teammate right next to him, who would clear the footbag across the field, and the Doublehawk was the same play, but with the aim of scoring a Double Buce instead of reaching a teammate.
The plays begun receiving negative attention when it was revealed that roughly 75% of the Hawk’s attempts at each play never actually worked, and would actually give the opponents prime attacking position for the opponent, rather than the Hawks themselves. The plays, particularly the Tomahawk, became a laughing stock of Buce for some years, mostly because new, unskilled players saw the Tomahawk as an easy way to bring their team into an attacking position, and subsequently lacked the skill required to reliably execute it.
Time was generous to the Tomahawk however, and by 2010, the play was widely used by many teams in the 2010 Buce League. Toecutters midfielder Drew Cowen is widely remembered as being one of the first players to actually take the move seriously and use it in play, and several players followed. Flynn Comerford, Hamish Rogers and Gus Bevan are also players that helped recreate the Tomahawk as a viable, useful tactic. Just last week, Jackson Cowan performed the longest Tomahawk yet seen, and I’m sure we have much more to see of the play in future.