The Doc’s Prescription - GAA rule changes don’t make sense!

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, 2/8/2009'Cork vs Donegal'Cork's John Miskella and Alan O'Connor tackle Rory Kavanagh of Donegal'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan *** Local Caption *** INPHO_CorkvsDonegal_13

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, 2/8/2009'Cork vs Donegal'Cork's John Miskella and Alan O'Connor tackle Rory Kavanagh of Donegal'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan *** Local Caption *** INPHO_CorkvsDonegal_13

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The proposed GAA rule changes are a bit like the ‘curate’s egg’, good and bad depending of course on what you want from the proposals.

Fairly predictably, the managers immediately attacked the proposed yellow card rule and on this one I am in total agreement with the likes of Mickey Harte and Jim McGuinness.

Also there appears that the Football Review Committee (F.R.C.) seem to think that the game can be improved by changing the disciplinary rules but I don’t believe this would work and certainly not in the format they propose.

It was surely the worst kept secret of the year that the ‘mark’ (as in Aussie Rules) would also be one of the F.R.C’s proposals but again the jury’s out on this one.

However, at least this one is worth consideration and trial and would, if successful, highlight once again the High Catching aspect of the game.

Mayo midfielder, Aidan O’Shea was one of those who came out in favour of the referee moving the ball forward 30 metres instead of the current 13 metres for back-chat or trying to delay the kick.

However, again his reasons are personal and based on his experience in the All Ireland against Donegal.

Maybe the one aspect of the game that many agreed needed looking at, the handpass, got a bye-ball (pardon the pun) from the F.R.C. on this occasion.

The debate on these proposals will run on but I doubt if many of them will actually be implemented.