Hurling

Friday 1 August 2014

Very mixed reaction on twitter to new rules on penalties in hurling

Published 11/06/2014|10:39

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28 September 2013; Anthony Nash, Cork. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Anthony Nash's penalty technique has prompted the change

The majority of those posting on social media appear to be opposed to the new rule governing penalties in hurling but there are plenty of people who agree with the GAA's new stance.

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The new rules mean that a penalty taker cannot strike the ball after the 20m line, but can strike up to seven metres behind it.

The Management Committee of the GAA has brought about changes which will come into effect immediately until Congress 2015. Confusion has reigned over the term ‘struck’, but this has been addressed also.

“The players defending a penalty or free puck awarded on the centre point of the 20m line shall stand on their goal-line and may not move towards the 20m line until the ball has been actually struck,” the GAA announced this evening.

“‘Lifting’ the ball with the hurley does not constitute ‘striking the ball’.”

The only exception to the rule is if the penalty or free taker on the actual 20m line fails to lift the ball at the first attempt or fails to strike it with the hurley, and that action causes the ball to marginally cross inside the 20m line, the player, shall be allowed to strike the ball on the ground without delay.

Goalkeepers are not allowed come off their line in an attempt to gain an advantage.

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