Tuesday 22 August 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Fetching new proposals should be given a chance

Colm O'Rourke says the GAA's latest rule tweaks can put the foot back into football

I t has been interesting to observe the reaction to the proposed new rules for next year's leagues.

There are two distinct camps. First of all there are those who see football as a bit of a dog's dinner at the moment, a game that has changed enormously from the basic principles which, up to a short while ago, governed it. Football has come a mismatch of running and throwing with the odd kick for good measure.

Occasionally, brilliant matches emerge, especially at underage level, but the adult version has seen a continuous drop in the amount of kicking in the last 20 years to the point where handpasses outnumber kicks by about four to one. Now it's a bit like juvenile football used to be, with everyone apart from a couple in the full-back and full-forward lines running after the ball in a sort of ongoing loose maul.

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