Glen motion seeks to reduce steps rule

A motion reducing the number of steps permitted with the ball in hand in hurling could come before the GAA’s Congress if passed at tomorrow’s Cork annual convention.

Glen Rovers have tabled the motion to change rule 1.7 (a) of the rules of hurling, suggesting that players be limited to taking three, rather than four, steps while carrying the ball in their hand. Part (b) of that rule, that the ball can be released and propelled with a definite striking action of the hand, remains unchanged.

This motion is one of three for Congress which could provoke debate at the convention, which has been moved from its usual spot of Saturday night to Sunday afternoon.

Nemo Rangers have put forward a proposed amendment to rule 45 (a), which would allow a player to leave his first club and transfer to the first club of his father with no need to change address or prove residency.

The third motion relates to the county championships in Cork, with Blarney proposing a second junior B championship. Presently, that grade is run on a county-wide basis for clubs who do not compete at a higher grade, but Blarney have suggested adding a competition based on the same principles as the county junior A and U21 championships.

This would see the eight divisional winners (seven in hurling) progress to a knockout county championship, with clubs’ second teams permitted to enter.

Three elections were held for officer roles, with the results not due until late last night.

Outgoing chairman Bob Ryan (Inniscarra) was tipped to become Cork’s Central Council delegate with Ballygarvan’s Edmond Forrest likely to become PRO.

The race for vice-chair, between Richard Murphy (Lyre) and Tracey Kennedy of Killeagh, was expected to go down to the wire.

Meanwhile, Midleton’s Pat Hartnett, an All-Ireland hurling medallist with Cork in 1984 and 1986, has been named as a selector for the county’s minor panel. He fills the vacancy left by former coach Mark Landers, who is now part of the senior set-up. Another selector, John Dwyer of Ballincollig, will assume the minor coaching duties.

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