Tuesday 26 September 2017

GAA congress shoots down plan for clock/hooter system

It's five years since Congress supported a Wexford motion, calling for the introduction of a clock/hooter to end halves
It's five years since Congress supported a Wexford motion, calling for the introduction of a clock/hooter to end halves
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The GAA has abandoned plans to introduce a clock/hooter system to end championship games.

It was due to come into force for this year’s championships but Congress today voted to retain the current time-keeping system. That’s despite twice voting for the clock/hooter system in 2010 and 2013.

The decision not to press ahead with its introduction follows trials carried out in third level competitions where a perceived list of problems arose. Central Council proposed that the clock/hooter plan be scrapped and following support from delegates from Donegal, Westmeath, Wicklow, Antrim and Waterford, the motion was carried on 83-17 per cent majority.

The one v one penalty in hurling was approved, ending the confusion that reigned for the past few years. It was proposed by Liam Sheedy, chairman of the Hurling 20/20 committee, who said that it would give the attacking team a better chance of being rewarded.

It means that only the goalkeeper can line up against the penalty-taker.

An attempt by the Hurling 20/20 committee to allow a player sent off on a second yellow card to be replaced was rejected.

A call  by Tipperary, Kildare and Clare to restrict the hand pass in football was rejected. So too was Tipperary’s bid to have extra-time in all championship games. A call to introduce a concussion rule, similar to what applies for blood injuries, was deferred for further consideration.

The main administrative business on the Congress agenda was the instalment of Aogan O Fearghaill as the 38th GAA President. He becomes the first Cavan man to hold the office and succeeds Liam O’Neill (Laois), who has completed his three-year term.

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