A motion that became known as the ‘Nash Rule’ was withdrawn from the Clár at the Annual Congress but the matter will be discussed at a Central Council meeting on March 22.
Cork came out strongly in support of their player before the Association’s annual think-tank as chairman Bob Ryan successfully campaigned for the motion to be taken off the agenda.
Cork have consistently argued Nash should not be punished for perfecting the skill. The mood at Congress was that the motion would not gain the required two-thirds majority for change. That’s not the end of the story, however, as GAA power-brokers are set to revisit the issue on Saturday week.
But Crowley insisted: “As far as we’re concerned, it’s finished now. There’s been enough controversy about it. I couldn’t see where they were coming from. Anthony perfected a pick, connected with it and got a few scores out of it.
“All of a sudden he was punished for it and while there’s all this talk about health and safety, Christy Ring was doing it years ago, Davy Fitzgerald did it, Damien Fitzhenry did it and the Laois goalkeeper Eoin Reilly did it against us in the recent league game. I don’t know what the furore is about but it’s done and dusted now. Anthony is just fed up of people asking him about it. He just wants to get on with playing the game and doing what he’s good at.”
Crowley has confirmed Cork will have the services of dual players Aidan Walsh and Eoin Cadogan for the next fortnight for Division 1B clashes with Offaly and Antrim.
And while Crowley concedes that attempting to juggle both codes is difficult for both players, he is naturally pleased to have the pair on board.
Crowley said: “It’s obviously not easy and requires a big work-rate but they’re two very good lads and very good athletes as well.
“We’re trying to get as much hurling into them as we can and football manager Brian Cuthbert is very good with them too. Himself and Jimmy are working very well to get the best out of the lads.
“That was a great win for the footballers against Dublin on Saturday but as far as we’re concerned they’re back with us for the next two weeks now.
“The lads are very willing and Aidan was unlucky with the hamstring the first day out (against Limerick).
“For his first game he did ok, ran off the ball very well. A couple of balls didn’t stick in his hand but that’s understandable in his first game back.”
Crowley added that a third dual player, Damien Cahalane, is close to a return to fitness and could be available within the next fortnight.
Attacker Paudie O’Sullivan is also making steady progress from a horrific leg break suffered last year and corner back Conor O’Sullivan is on course for a return in three-four weeks.
Crowley also believes manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy can now concentrate on putting together a more settled team following the conclusion of the Fitzgibbon Cup.
He was encouraged by Cork IT’s march to another Fitzgibbon final, despite defeat in the final to Waterford IT in Belfast at the weekend. “It was disappointing for CIT that they didn’t win it but it was good that we had eight or nine lads involved in total. It’s good for them to be playing at that level and gives them great experience.
“But we’ve been down numbers in training and it’s hard to train with 12 or 14 players. It’s difficult but you just get on with it.
“We should have a clear run for the next number of weeks and with Offaly next Sunday and Antrim the following week, it’s good to get them together.”