Sunday 22 October 2017

Contradictory rules on penalties/frees

Cork's Anthony Nash protests to the referee Brian Gavin after his free was saved during last weekend's hurling final
Cork's Anthony Nash protests to the referee Brian Gavin after his free was saved during last weekend's hurling final
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Rules anomaly on lift-and-strike technique is putting defenders into no-man's land

Penalty pucks

"A penalty puck shall be taken at the centre point of the 20-metre line and the semi-circular arc and only three defending players may stand on the goal-line. All other players, with the exception of the player taking the puck, shall be outside the 20-metre line and shall not cross the 20-metre line or the arc until the ball has been struck. If a defending player(s) fouls before the ball is struck and a goal does not result, the referee shall allow the penalty puck to be re-taken."

Query 1: How can a goalkeeper/defender be 20 metres away when the actual strike takes place as close as 13 metres from goal?

Query 2: Why mention a goal specifically? If a defending player fouls before the ball is struck and the taker goes for a point and misses, where does the rule allow for a re-take?

Frees

"All players, except the player taking the free puck (excluding penalties), shall be 20 metres from where the puck is being taken.

Query: Same as in 1 above.

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