Saturday 22 July 2017

Earley thumbs up to 'mark'

Dermot Earley says the experimental rule mark is being judeged to early
Dermot Earley says the experimental rule mark is being judeged to early

KILDARE All Star Dermot Earley has given the controversial experimental mark rule the thumbs up but says it is being judged far too early in the season, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

With the retirements of legendary midfielders like Ciaran Whelan and Darragh O Se this season, Earley is one of the few traditional high-fielders left in the modern game which is currently allowing players to take a mark during the NFL.

"Now is not the time to analyse it because there's not much high fielding in January and February between the conditions and lack of fitness," Earley said.

"Hopefully we'll really see the benefit of the new rule in March and April and I think it will survive in the championship," he added.

The Sarsfields powerhouse revealed that one of the problems so far for players has been that referees are interpreting the rule differently from game to game, but he is definitely in favour of retaining it.

"I don't think the mark is slowing down the game, not for me anyway.

"I know some people say you're rewarding one skill and not another -- such as a block -- but I think it's something people like to see."

Irish Independent

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