Wednesday 26 July 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Closed season needs solutions before the revolution

The winter break concept is full of good intentions but a few minor tweaks would be helpful, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

How many have a problem with global warming this week? Last Wednesday when I was driving to work the car was registering minus 14 and I began to wonder was the thermometer on the blink or was a new ice age returning. It is certainly one way of ensuring that the closed season for November and December in football is observed.

If it was 100 years ago, with this cold we could have been in training for an expedition to the South Pole with Scott, Amundsen or Shackleton. At 14 below, the great Kerry explorer Tom Crean, who travelled with Shackleton, would probably have been out and about in a string vest. He was a hard man and if he had stuck around, Kerry could have won even more All-Irelands. Anyway, this present weather is causing its share of difficulties but, like the Budget and all other great issues of the moment, they will pass.

One thing that is exercising some attention is the closed season which has been imposed by the GAA. Like most other stories, it is always better to start at the beginning. The committee which came up with this idea had numerous people of experience in dealing with young people, the best of medical knowledge and then a few like myself on it to make up the numbers.

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