Tuesday 24 April 2018

Rethink and reinvigoration needed in compromise rules

THERE were barely two limp cheers for what was, on paper at least, a big international football win for Ireland at Croke Park on Saturday.

The 116 points to 37 win by Ireland's Gaelic footballers over the Australian Rules selection showed brilliant displays by some of our own stars with occasional flourishes from the visitors. But the aggregate 173-72 point win for Ireland was rather hollow and left considerable doubt over the future of these encounters.

Many sports fans of a certain age had to strain to recall that these compromise rules contests in past decades were a huge crowd-puller and a focus of much controversy. Indeed, such was the verve and exuberance of the players, that problems arose from undue physicality and accusations of violence.

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