Penalty goal rate to rise - Sheedy
At least seven out of ten hurling penalties will deliver goals by the end of this year, according to the main architect of the one v one system.
Liam Sheedy, who chaired the committee which proposed the change allowing the goalkeeper only on the goal-line for penalties, predicted that the goal rate would increase significantly this year.
"There was a noticeable improvement in the later stages of last year's county championships. It was always the case that penalty-takers would need time to become accustomed to the one-on-one and I have no doubt we'll see a lot more goals this year," said Sheedy.
The goal rate under the old system, which allowed three on the line while the striker could be as close as 13 metres at point of impact, had dropped as low as 20pc in many cases.
"Apart from that, there was the safety risk when you had the striker so close when making the hit. That was a big factor behind the need for change," said Sheedy.
The one-on-one, with the striker not allowed inside the 20-metre line, has solved the safety issue and, according to Sheedy, will lead to a much higher goal rate.
"The new system was always going to take time to bed in. Penalty takers have had to adjust their styles. It's not all about a long run-up and belting the ball as hard as possible. You need precise placing now," he said.
"Look at how the standard has improved with sideline cuts. There's a much higher percentage going over the bar now than a few years ago. It's the same with penalties. The new system only came in last year so it was no surprise that the goal rate wasn't as high as some people predicted."
Meanwhile, Allianz have announced a five-year extension to their sponsorship of the National Leagues, taking their involvement to 28 years.