The GAA must be scratching their heads, wondering how on earth they're going to keep everyone happy after their new recommendations for the interpretation of the 21 metre free and penalty rules in hurling received a bit of a backlash.
From now on, the GAA have proposed that all penalties or frees must be struck on or before the 20m line, and opposition players are not allowed charge down the shot until it's actually 'struck' as opposed to lifted. This has basically signaled the end of the 'Anthony Nash penalty,' and while Cork have accepted the decision, many other Gaels took to Twitter to voice their opinion.
Good job there's no cynicism in hurling. Otherwise backs would pull forwards down at will if the penalty is to be taken outside the 21.
— Diarmuid Lyng (@diarmuidlyng) June 10, 2014
It's fair to say there is no longer a penalty in hurling. Not as it has been practised anyway. #GAA
— John Fogarty (@JohnFogartyIrl) June 10, 2014
— Shane Dowling (@dowlerznap) June 10, 2014
Will we see the evolution of an 18m line instead of 20 for penos/frees after tonight to counter threat of potential cynical play in hurling? — Colm Keys (@KeysColm) June 10, 2014
'Penalties' in hurling are actually called semi-penalties. They'll have to call them one-eighth-penalties after this. #GAA
— Pat Nolan (@pat_nolan) June 10, 2014
Totally disagree with new penalty rules, teams will foul for penalties in goal scoring situations as the chance of scoring will be lesser..
— Seánie Tobin (@Tellytobin) June 10, 2014
— Ken O'Halloran (@kenohall) June 10, 2014
Finally the GAA have realised what needed to be done re Nash penalty. If you want to take it forward 7metres, then go back 7 metres. — Cillian (@Potterhead960) June 10, 2014
Changing the penalty rule won't stop Nash. He's just going to place the ball 5 yards behind the line with the same technique #Unstoppable
— Niall McCabe (@McCabe94) June 10, 2014