Sunday 22 April 2018

A sideline cut above the rest?

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

TIPPERARY and Armagh are to propose at Congress that, in hurling, sideline cuts which go directly over the bar be worth two points.

Recognising such a great skill is a nice idea but is it worth two points, whereas a shot from open play, hit under extreme pressure out on the sideline, would still only yield one point? And if a sideline were worth two points, would it lead to players deliberately playing the ball off their opponents in an attempt to get the two-point shot?

Also, how fair would it be that a player who conceded a sideline because the ball bounced off his hurley, hand or shin could cost his team two points while somebody who perpetrated a nasty, cynical foul would be liable to concede a point only? Then again, maybe all frees (and sidelines) hit off the ground should be worth two.

It will be interesting to see what the general view is to the Tipperary/Armagh proposal but presumably they will get support from Galway, who would certainly benefit enormously from two-point sidelines for the next decade or more while Joe Canning is aboard.

Irish Independent

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