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Tomás Ó Sé's Latest Column Should Make Next Meeting With Brother Darragh Very Interesting

Tomás Ó Sé's Latest Column Should Make Next Meeting With Brother Darragh Very Interesting
By PJ Browne Updated

A week on from congress' decision to introduce the mark to gaelic football and opinions regarding its merits are still being expressed.

Tomás Ó Sé is the latest to do so in his Irish Independent column.

The motion to bring the mark into the game was proposed by the Play Rules Committee - of which Tomás Ó Sé's brother Darragh is a member.

Tomás does not allow family ties to mitigate his opinion. He goes straight at the committee, suggesting the rule has been introduced, in part, to justify its existence.

The 'mark' isn't part of our game and, while I'd be happy to see it trialed, I can't help wonder if its introduction is a gesture to justify the work of the Playing Rules Committee. Maybe it will serve a purpose if it stops players being swarmed when they land after a high catch, but it also carries the threat of slowing everything down.

When explaining the thought process behind the mark, Jarlath Burns, who is chairman of the Playing Rules Committee related his belief it could create a new generation of midfielders adept at the high catch.

Ó Sé feels this is foolhardy.

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Maybe the rules committee reckon that this will magically create a whole new generation of Mick O'Connells. It won't. The game is very different now and, in any event, I think there's still plenty of high-fielding as things stand.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

Read: Joe Brolly Has Pointed Out Everything That Is Wrong With GAA's Introduction Of 'The Mark'


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