Giles: Refs need time to get black cards right
PLAYERS and referees will need a lot more time to adjust to the vagaries of the new black-card system, insists Meath football selector Trevor Giles.
The Royals became the first team to get heavily stung by the new rules in a tournament game against Cavan last weekend.
With manager Mick O'Dowd away, Giles and fellow selector Sean Kelly were in charge when Meath had three of the four players black-carded in their 1-13 to 1-8 loss to the Breffnis.
Meath were worst hit as one of their black cards -- to Stephen Bray -- resulted in them being reduced to 14 men for the second half.
Under the new rules designed to stamp out cynical fouling, a team's first three players to get black-carded can be replaced.
But if a player has a prior yellow card and then gets a black, he cannot be replaced -- and that is what happened in Bray's case.
The situation underlined the permutations of the new rules with which players and management must get up to speed.
Giles described the Bray situation as "a very valuable lesson for us" and predicted that many teams are going to struggle to grapple with the finer points of the new system.
"Players, managers, referees and supporters, we all need a bit more time to get used to them (black cards)," he said.
The former star forward said he is in favour of the new changes which will also include a new 'advantage rule' and the ability to score a point with an open hand.
"I welcome the changes because I think they will benefit the game in the long run," he said. "But there's no doubt that it is going to take some time and everyone is going to have to be patient. It's going to take them (referees) some time to get it right."
Elsewhere, former Armagh and Monaghan hurling manager Mattie Lennon is set to succeed Tom Magill as Tyrone hurlers' new boss, and Dublin GAA is mourning the death of former hurling manager Sean Moyles.