Sunday 11 December 2016

Kerry 'keeper Logue faces difficult test of loyalties

Published 07/04/2015 | 02:30

James Logue believes Kerry should not have to face a promotion/play-off to get into hurling's top tier
James Logue believes Kerry should not have to face a promotion/play-off to get into hurling's top tier

Kerry hurlers retained their Division 2A title last weekend to win their latest chance for promotion but it has left their goalkeeper James Logue with a difficult conflict of loyalties.

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The Kingdom face Antrim in Parnell Park (5.30) next Saturday to decide the final place in Division 1B next season but Logue's home club Ballingarry open their Tipperary SHC campaign - against Boherlahan Dualla - at 6.30 the same evening so he will have to choose one over the other.

He works as a sales rep down south and only joined the Kerry hurlers this year but believes that they should not have to face a promotion/play-off to get into hurling's top tier.

The Kingdom fell, to Offaly, at this hurdle last year and Logue says: "It doesn't really make sense. Surely if you win your division, you should be entitled to promotion?"

The hurlers of Kerry, Antrim, Donegal and Tyrone (2B) will be the first in the country to play under hurling's new rules.

After massive debate over the new rule introduced to stop players stealing yardage on penalties and 20-metre frees, Congress approved the introduction of one-on-one penalties, plus an 'advantage rule', this year but they are only coming into play on Saturday.

By coincidence, there was some controversy over a 20-metre free in Kerry's 2A final last weekend.

Westmeath's Brendan Murtagh scored a short free against a crowded goal-line but, on the word of a linesman, it was disallowed on the grounds that he had hit it well inside the 20-metre line. The new one-versus-one penalty rule will make it harder for goalkeepers to save them yet Logue is in favour of the new rule.

"To be honest I thought the original rule should have just stayed as it was but, given what they did, I think the new rule is much fairer on the attacking team," he said. "There really was no advantage for them getting a penalty with the way they had changed it."

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