Saturday 25 November 2017

GAA congress: One-on-one penalties in hurling and advantage rule approved but no black card

Anthony Nash has a penalty blocked by Stephen O'Keeffe.
Anthony Nash has a penalty blocked by Stephen O'Keeffe.
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

The Black Card rule which has cut down on cynical fouling in football will not be introduced in hurling but the regulations surrounding the penalty has changed.

The GAA congress in Cavan passed Motion 21(a) this morning meaning that penalties in hurling will now be a simple one on one, with the ball to be struck on or outside the 20 metre line.

The proposal passed with 84.2pc voting yes. It was used successfully in some of the pre-season tournaments but was not in effect in the opening two weekends of Allianz National Hurling League.

The proposal from the Hurling 2020 committee that 20 metre frees would be three on one was rejected.

As with gaelic football, there will now be an advantage rule in hurling.

When a foul is committed now, the referee may allow the play to continue if he considers it to be to the advantage of the offended team. The advantage period will last for up to five seconds after the foul has been committed.

It passed with a 92.4pc yes vote.

One of the controversial proposals put forward in the Hurling 2020 document has been rejected.

If passed, this rule would have meant that a player given two yellow cards in hurling could be replaced by a substitute, meaning two yellow cards no longer would equal an automatic red. The player with two yellows would have to leave the field, but his side's playing numbers would not be reduced.

It was rejected with a 68.6pc no vote.

The last of the Hurling 2020 proposals up for discussion was approved meaning that Christy Ring Cup winners will now play in the Leinster round-robin series in the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

Only five defenders (including goalkeeper) will now be allowed on the goal line for a free in hurling.

A massive 71pc voted against introducing a black card into hurling earlier this morning.

Other motions passed include mean that yellow cards now picked up in normal time will not carry into extra time. The Yes vote was 74.9pc.

Two proposals brought forward by the St Loman's club in Westmeath has strengthened the power linesmen will have after both were passed with healthy majorities

They read.

Motion 8: A slight change to the rules on a referee's powers, allowing for greater consultation with a linesman or umpires "in order to establish matters of fact", such as the validity of a score when the referee is in doubt. (St Loman's, Westmeath).

Motion 9: This proposal would strengthen the powers of a linesman to bring to the attention of the referee, during a break in play, any instances of foul play, in particular rough or dangerous play, striking, hitting, or kicking, or unauthorised incursions onto the field of play, which have not been noticed by the referee. (St Loman's, Westmeath).

A motion seeking to introduce temporary 'concussion subs' was postponed.

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