Tuesday 26 September 2017

One-to-one penalty conversion rate down at 22pc, new figures show

Only 22pc of penalties awarded in the pre-season provincial competitions resulted in goals, new figures show
Only 22pc of penalties awarded in the pre-season provincial competitions resulted in goals, new figures show
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Only 22pc of penalties awarded in the pre-season provincial competitions resulted in goals, new figures show.

From 36 games, nine penalties were awarded but only two goals were scored, challenging the view that 'one-to-one' penalties, as proposed by the Hurling 2020 committee, will make it much easier to score.

Five penalties were saved, one went wide and another resulted in a point as the conversion rate matched the two from nine in last year's championship after the rule clarification was agreed by Central Council in June, preventing the striker from making contact beyond the 20-metre line.

The rate of penalties in the pre-season competitions has been one in every four games as opposed to one in two in last year's championship.

The figures come as Anthony Nash expresses hope for a resolution to the conundrum at Congress later this month. The experiment will not continue during the league so last summer's penalty rules will apply for the group stages of the league at least.

If Congress approves the 'one to one' penalty it will come in to force after four weeks.

Nash, whose penalty-taking style in the 2013 championship effectively prompted a move for change because of safety issues, has his own preference from an 18-metre penalty against three defenders.

"I'm still a believer in the one-on-three with maybe an 18-metre line. There are options. If the one-on-one works, excellent! Whatever is better for hurling," he said.

Nash senses some of the excitement will be gone however whatever the change. "But if they go back to it (the way it was) in the championship, we're going to be back discussing it again next year."

Irish Independent

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