Liam Sheedy content with one-v-five solution for 20m hurling frees

Hurling 2020 chairman Liam Sheedy believes a limit of five defenders on the goal-line for 20-metre frees is a fair compromise.

Liam Sheedy content with one-v-five solution for 20m hurling frees

After strong opposition from Kilkenny, the committee’s motion proposing one-versus-three 20m frees was defeated.

Kilkenny chairman Ned Quinn argued the punishment for a technical foul was too harsh. A similar motion from Central Council followed but it succeeded as an amendment by Cork’s Frank Murphy to increase the number of defenders to five was accepted.

Sheedy, who was satisfied three of the Hurling 2020’s five motions passed, said: “The one-v-five is another good outcome. I think the one-v-five is a very good alternative. And again, on the odd time that you do need a goal, at least you have the potential that you might find the back of the net.”

As well as the advantage rule, Tipperary’s 2010 All-Ireland-winning manager is also convinced the one-versus-one penalty will only improve the game. “One-v-one will give the attacking team the advantage back. I still attend a lot of club matches and the advantage had seriously shifted back to the defender. I think it is now back with the attacker.

“It’s still not easy. Goalies by their nature are cocky individuals. They like to have the goal to themselves and we had the trial, we had the work done.”

On the advantage rule, Sheedy remarked: “I think the best periods of the game are where there are no frees. So, again, this will encourage people not to foul. We want players playing on the edge and doing all that good stuff. But we have seen instances where a player is straight through and he is brought back and even the crowd are getting incensed.”

Meanwhile, it is understood Sheedy was appointed by director general Páraic Duffy to the GAA’s management committee. Kerry’s Sean Walsh is the new national referees committee chairman and Willie Barrett of Tipperary will lead the new referees appointment committee.

Cavan’s George Cartwright will head up the Central Competitions Control Committee.

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