Sunday 26 January 2020

Geaney: Football is closer to Aussie Rules now

Paul Geaney. Photo: Sportsfile
Paul Geaney. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Kerry star Paul Geaney believes that the newly-introduced advanced mark was an unnecessary change and will move football "closer to Aussie Rules."

Geaney is likely to benefit from that it makes life "very difficult" for defenders with the Dingle attacker insisting the game has already "fixed itself" from the threat of mass defences.

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"I don't think it was necessary. Massed defences aren't really a thing anymore. They're not the way the club teams are playing, they're modelling themselves off the best of the inter-county," Geaney said at yesterday's launch of eir sport's 2020 Allianz Leagues coverage.

"Most club teams are playing attacking corner-backs, the same as the county teams. So I don't think it was necessary.

"We're very quick to bring in rule changes for things that are cyclical. The massed defences are cyclical, the game sorted itself out.

"A team comes along with new coaching methods and problem fixing for that, Dublin came along and they just blew that away, then teams start modelling their games on Dublin.

"Next someone will figure out how to stop that and that will be the thing.Usually the game will develop and fix itself in a lot of ways.

"It's humans that are in charge of it. It's not an algorithm that's unbreakable. It's mad. So you bring in rules to change it, you're forcing things and you're changing the game permanently then into a game that it wasn't before. It's closer to Aussie Rules now.

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"I don't know is that a good thing or a bad thing. I think a bad thing. And I'm a forward, I should be benefiting from this rule, but I just don't see the warrant in it."

The two-time All-Star doesn't believe that it serves its purpose of increasing overhead fielding in attack either as "you don't have to be a good fielder" with catches above the ground from passes outside the '45 earning a free shot at goal and making it "very hard to defend."

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