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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

Published 13/12/2009 | 05:00

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

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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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