Its been controversial since Anthony Nash started scoring 20m free pucks for fun, so the GAA have changed the rules on how shots can be taken.
The Management Committee of the GAA has asked Central Council to consider and adjudicate on the following recommendations for Interpretations of Rule in relation to the Playing Rules of Hurling 2.2 Exceptions (i) and (ii), 2.3, 2.5 and 4.16(b)
- The terms “taken” or “retaken” in Rules 2.2 Exceptions (i) and (ii) and 2.3 shall mean the ball being “struck”.
- A player taking a penalty or a 20m free puck, may bring the ball back up to seven metres from the 20m line for the purposes of making a traditional run at the ball, but shall strike the ball on or outside the 20m line but not inside it.
Exception: In the context of Rule 2.5, if a player taking a penalty or free puck on the actual 20m line fails to lift the ball at the first attempt or fails to strike it with the hurley, and that action causes the ball to marginally cross inside the 20m line, the player, as provided for in this Rule, shall be allowed to strike the ball on the ground without delay.
- (a) The players defending a penalty or free puck awarded on the centre point of the 20m line shall stand on their goal-line and may not move towards the 20m line until the ball has been actually struck. ‘Lifting’ the ball with the hurley does not constitute ‘striking the ball’.
(b) The players defending a free puck awarded on the 20m line at a point other than on the centre point of that line shall stand a minimum of 20m from the point of award of the free and may not move closer to that point of award until the ball has been actually struck. ‘Lifting’ the ball with the hurley does not constitute ‘striking the ball’
- This Interpretation shall, in accordance with Rule 3.43, Official Guide Part 1, have the force of Rule until Congress 2015, when the issues will be further addressed by way of Motion(s).
Sunday sees Clare take on Cork in the Munster semi-final with current All-Ireland champions, Clare, priced at 8/11 to progress. Cork can be backed at 13/10 to cause an upset and progress to the Munster final against Limerick.
Kilkenny who have lifted the Liam McCarthy trophy on thirty four occasions are currently priced at 7/4 to lift it for a record 35th time whilst the Cats head the betting at 8/15 to regain the Leinster crown from current holders Dublin.
Liam Glynn, PR Executive at Boylesports said “Dublin are all the rage at 1/2 to progress past Wexford on Saturday night despite having to travel to Wexford Park. Anthony Daly’s side can be backed at 11/4 to retain the Bob O’Keeffe Cup and no doubt if Dublin can progress past Wexford the current 11/4 will harden up.”
He added “The Munster Championship remains very tight with current champions Limerick priced at 7/4 to retain the title. In the All-Ireland outright, Kilkenny are now all the rage at 7/4 following their demolition of Offaly last weekend.”