Ryan joy over Nash decision

Cork chairman Bob Ryan was “delighted” to see the controversial ‘Anthony Nash motion’ withdrawn from the official Clár at the GAA’s Annual Congress.

And Ryan claims that he has received messages of support from “all over the world” following the attempted clampdown on players moving the sliotar forward from dead balls.

Cork had backed their keeper when a motion emerged looking to change the rule at Congress. But on Friday evening, the motion was withdrawn from the Clár, as officials felt the proposed rule change would not gain the required two-thirds majority and the matter has now been referred to Central Council for discussion at their next meeting on March 22.

But Ryan insisted: “I certainly hope it doesn’t drag on and on. It was one of the great hurling moments of last year when Nash came up to take those frees.

“I’ve got messages from all over the world in relation to this, from people who can’t understand the reason for it.

“And it was a great boost for us to see hurling counties coming out (in support), real hurling people who know the game and what it means.

“And if it’s a Tipperary man, a Waterford man or a Clare man who comes and perfects it, so be it. That’s what the game is all about — attaining perfection.”

Last week, Ryan highlighted a YouTube video which showed a number of free-takers gaining ground from 20m frees.

Rare footage of Cork legend Christy Ring appeared in the clip while modern day stars Joe Canning, Eoin Kelly and Tony Kelly also featured.

Ryan added: “There are over 5,500 hits for that video now. I was delighted the motion was withdrawn and that there will be more consultation between hurling counties in relation to what’s happening with the game.

“Let’s hope that we will go forward as a united Association rather than having a disjointed approach with regard to any possible rule change.”


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