Congress ruling not fair and square
Published 27/07/2011 | 05:00
THE more goals that are disallowed for 'square ball' infringements, the more apparent it becomes how Congress got it wrong when they voted against change last year.
Meath (v Kildare, first game) and Derry (v Kildare last Saturday) are examples of teams who had crucial goals ruled out on the 'square ball' rule in this year's championship.
In both cases, the scores were well crafted, only to be ruled out by a totally unnecessary rule.
Allowing attackers into the small square ahead of the ball applied in the 2010 NFL and created no problems whatsoever, yet together with some other sensible rule changes, it was hit by the Congress cull.
The game is all the poorer for a decision taken in haste.