Lift-and-strike the perfect way to solve puck-out problems
TIPPERARY goalkeeper Darren Gleeson was penalised for being outside the small square when taking a puck-out against Kilkenny last Sunday.
Up to a few years ago, the punishment would have been a '65' to Kilkenny, but that was changed to a throw-in on the 20-metre line in recognition of the acceptance that conceding a point (a 90pc probability from '65s' these days) was too severe for such a trivial offence.
Still, the question arises as to whether it would have made more sense to change the puck-out to a placed ball on the endline, with the goalkeeper lifting and striking as if it were a free.
It would get rid of the messy and inconsistent business of deciding whether the goalkeeper was marginally outside the small square when striking the ball, while in no way detracting from the skills of the game.
Indeed, there's more skill in a lift-and-strike than in taking a puck-out from the hand.