Tuesday 17 September 2019

'Is it good for the game or not? I honestly don’t know' - Michael Murphy not sure if offensive mark rule should be adopted

Donegal captain Michael Murphy. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Donegal captain Michael Murphy. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Conor McKeon

MICHAEL Murphy feels the offensive mark requires a more substantial trial before a definitive judgment can be made on whether to adopt the rule on a permanent basis.

The Donegal joint captain scored two points directly from offensive marks in last month’s Division 2 final victory over Meath in Croke Park but reckons the sample size isn’t big enough to justify bringing the experimental rule into law.

“To bring in a huge rule change, it needs a longer duration for it to be trialed and in bigger games and for it to happen at club level and see how it’s refereed,” Murphy outlined at the launch of this year’s Kellogs Cúl Camps in Croke Park today.

“And to see how it works out in all grades.”

“But yeah, you can understand the reason – to encourage the kick. But in a lot of situations, including my own one, I actually didn’t realise it was a mark!

“Your first instinct was to go and try and play.

“And then there’s a bit of apprehension afterwards. So was it a tactic that we tried to employ in the League? No.”

Many managers, Jim Gavin among them, insisted that they would not be practicing any of the experimental rules in training during the League as they would not be in place for the Championship.

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On that basis, Murphy pointed out, it was impossible to judge what long-term effect an offensive mark would have on the game.

“We’ve played it for the best part of the spring,” he outlined.

“Is it an advantage? Is it good? Is it bad? It’s hard to know.

“You need a longer duration for it to be tried out and games for it to work and games for it not to work. It’s definitely a tool, without a shadow of a doubt.

“Is it good for the game or not? I honestly don’t know.”

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