Thursday 25 May 2017

New balls please. . .

The new Gaelic football has been produced by Martin Donnelly, and could be used in matches as early as this weekend
The new Gaelic football has been produced by Martin Donnelly, and could be used in matches as early as this weekend
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A new Gaelic football has been approved and will enter the market later this week.

The 'MD' ball has been produced by Martin Donnelly, well-known sponsor of GAA events like the poc fada and inter-provincial series, and will be fully licenced.

The ball has passed the required standards set by the GAA, which are independently verified by a sports science team based in DCU.

It could be used as early as this weekend's All-Ireland quarter-finals at Croke Park if the competing teams are agreeable to it.

However, the players are likely to ask for more time to adjust to the new product.

The new ball is being produced through Donnelly's myclubshop.ie vehicle and has undergone rigorous testing.

O'Neill's have been the match ball choice in club and inter-county matches for many years now - the manufacturers have seen off a number of competitors in that market over that time.

Once a ball is licenced and approved by the GAA there is no prohibition to using it for a competitive match.

The GAA are hoping to standardise the sliotar by 2017. A number of different brands of sliotar are used for competitive games depending on the teams involved to meet standards set out by the association.

Meanwhile, UCD are advertising for the position of GAA development executive. The position was previously held by the late Dave Billings who died suddenly in April.

The position is temporary full-time over a period of three years and will involve co-ordinating as many as 18 university teams involved in third level action.

Irish Independent

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