Monaghan goalkeeper, Rory Beggan has said that he is not in favour of the proposed rule changes to the kickout in Gaelic football.
The proposed change states that that only two players from each team shall be positioned between the two 45m lines for kickouts. The goalkeeper and a maximum of six players from each team shall be behind the respective 45-metre lines until the ball is kicked.
As well as that, the ball must travel beyond the 45-metre line before it can be played by a player of the defending team.
Beggan, a nominee for goalkeeper of the year, believes that, although it may benefit goalkeepers, it would ultimately hinder the game.
“I suppose it actually probably suits the goalkeeper a lot more but I’m just not in favour of it. I don’t understand. Are players going to rush back into their zones with a minute to go when they’re a point up?”
“Are players going to go down cramping? Will there be a lot of time wasting? I don’t understand the rules or how it’s going to impact.”
“But I think teams are going to be smart enough now to put two small fast players in the middle of the field and try and get them to take kick outs on the run.”
The Scotstown man admits that there are aspects of the game that need to change but argues that kicking the ball further down the field will not improve the spectacle.
“I understand they have to change stuff out the field but I don’t think they have to change the kickout rules.”
“The standard of goalkeeping has went up in Ireland over the last number of years. You can see keepers are so confident in where to hit it and I think it’s a skill in itself because you’re hitting a player 30 yards away on the chest.”
“I don’t feel that kickouts have to go 45 yards long anymore. I don’t understand. Like are we going to go back to breaking ball all the time now? Is it going to go back to lumping it down the field?”
Other rule changes include the introduction of a sin bin, the extending of the mark, a restriction in handpasses and a law that all sidelines must be kicked forward, some of which Beggan is in favour of.
“I don’t think it will pass but again it might be trialled in the McKenna Cup and we’ll see how it goes there but again I don’t want to be giving out too much about the rules before they’re trialled but the two rules I would be in favour of would maybe be the sin bin and the offensive mark.”
“They seem like two rules that could effectively bring on the game but the three handpasses rule I’m not too sure there and the sideline kick having to forward… I don’t understand.”
The GAA’s Standing Committee have been engaging in a consultation process with various stakeholders throughout October. If the changes are approved by Coiste Bainistíochta, they will then be trialled and if successful, will go before Congress 2020 to be implemented in the championship that year.
AIB today proudly launched the 28th season of their sponsorship of the GAA and Camogie Club Championships alongside Conor Lehane, Midleton and Cork hurler; Rory Beggan, Scotstown and Monaghan goalkeeper; Faye Mc Carthy, Saint Judes and Dublin Camogie goalkeeper; Diarmuid O’Connor, Ballintubber and Mayo footballer. The four athletes officially marked the 2018/19 AIB Club GAA and Camogie Championship season. They now step back onto the pitch with their clubs and prepare for Provincial and All-Ireland glory as the battle of #TheToughest continues.