In­ter­est­ing mo­tion not car­ried

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

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