Tuesday 28 February 2017

Burns' group press ahead with proposal for mark

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Jarlath Burns, chairman of the Rules Committee. Photo: Sportsfile
Jarlath Burns, chairman of the Rules Committee. Photo: Sportsfile

The GAA's Standing Committee on Playing Rules are pressing ahead with a proposal to introduce a mark to Gaelic football despite the absence of a trial at senior level.

It had been anticipated that it would be trialled in the third-level competitions but the Leinster MFL will now test it out next month along with a restriction of three consecutive handpasses and a ban on a free being kicked backwards to a goalkeeper. The proposal would allow for the option of a free-kick for a kick-out caught cleanly between the two '45s.

The rules committee, chaired by Jarlath Burns, have also proposed an amendment to one of the black card offences whereby any deliberate collision, not just a body check, will be punished.

Antrim have a motion calling for the Christy Ring Cup winners to be allowed entry into the Leinster hurling championship quarter-final that same year.

Galway want to revamp the All-Ireland minor championship to incorporate a six-team round robin series involving the Connacht and Ulster champions, two Munster first round play-off losers and two Leinster quarter-finals with two progressing to All-Ireland quarter-finals where the beaten Munster and Leinster finalists will automatically be.

In all, there are 64 motions of which 36 have been put forward by the rules advisory committee to tidy up potential loopholes.

Central Council want to standardise the playing time for subsidiary provincial competitions to ensure that they are played over 70 minutes. Technically games should last just 60 minutes, a time frame Connacht still adhere to.

Among the other motions, Wicklow want second teams who win county championships to be able to contest provincial club championships.

Irish Independent

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