Tipp set to stand behind Rebels

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cork have been assured of support from arch rivals Tipperary on the controversial ‘Anthony Nash’ motion that will go before the GAA’s Annual Congress at Croke Park this weekend.

By Jackie Cahill Irish Examiner

Board chairman Sean Nugent confirmed Tipp will be opposing motion 40, which is seeking to end the practice of players stealing yards from dead balls.

“We shouldn’t penalise players who have worked hard to perfect this skill,” said Nugent.

“It’s a difficult enough one to execute — lift the ball, throw it forward, follow through while maintaining your balance before striking with power and accuracy.

“That’s a fair skill and not too many are able to do it. My belief, and I’ve said this before in Croke Park, is that it’s not the player who should be penalised.”

Nugent does accept, however, there are safety concerns when players send the ball hurtling towards the opposition goal at top speed.

“That adds another dimension to it but the GAA, in general, hasn’t controlled the hurling ball in terms of its size, weight and composition.

“We should apply some science and research into that area and even a marginal change would make it safer and enhance the game as well.

“If you look at the modern game, the goalie can puck the ball out 90 yards or more but look back to the days of Christy Ring or Theo English, who were big, powerful men, they weren’t driving the ball that distance.

“The ball was heavier and composed of different material. We should look at that before we start to penalise players perfecting skills.”

At a county board meeting on Tuesday evening, concern was also expressed about the size of the ‘bas’ on hurleys being used to take penalties.

And Nugent has also urged delegates to support a motion from the Moyle Rovers club that no U16 player be allowed on a county minor panel.

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