Interesting motion not carried
THE Dunlavin club brought forward an interesting motion to the GAA Coinvention in Aughrim last Saturday night.
It stated that ‘Any foul awarded to a team resulting in a 13-meter free in Gaelic football and a 20-meter free in hurling, if scored, be valued at two points to the team that scores the free’.
“The thinking behind this is we’ve all watched football week in, week out whether it be out here or on TV and on four or five occasions a goal chance will come in a game and the thinking behind this that chance is gone in two seconds, the player is pulled down. “On both sides of it, the chance of goal is gone so with this they can get two points from the resulting free and also on the defensive side if you’re coming into the last few minutes of a game it would make that defender think about that tackle. That’s our point of view on it,” said the Dunlavin representative..
St. Pat’s club man Eddie Leonard supported the motion saying that it would bring fluency to the game of football and that it might encourage all coaches at all levels to work on their defenders.
“It may even make a referee’s job easier. I think it’s a good motion and it should be looked at and it might also eradicate the black card which seems to be causing a lot of problems at the moment,” he said.
However, Dr. Brendan Cuddihy fro the Eire Og Greystones club said that he was against the motion because it was “changing the rules of hurling to solve a football problem and in hurling one of the great bits of excitement is the 21-yard free and the motion, I think in hurling, will mean that all forwards will be instructed by their managers to go for the double point. There’d be no incentive to go for the goal and it would remove some of the excitement from the game of hurling,” he said.
The motion was then moved by the Dunlavin club who added: “From the point of view that it only happens a couple of times in a game and at least we can get two points from that one chance of a goal and it could be only one chance in a game,” said the Dunlavin representative.
At the show of hands the motion was lost.
The Dunlavin club had also brought another motion that stated “a penalty puck shall be taken at the centre-point of the 20m line and the semi-circular arc, and only two defending players may stand on the goal line. All other players with the exception pf the player taking the puck shall be outside the 20m line.
They withdraw this motion.