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GAA move to end Anthony Nash-type strikes with temporary rule change

Players can not take the free strike within the 20m line.

Image: James Crombie/INPHO

CROKE PARK CHIEFS have moved to address safety concerns around penalties in hurling by changing its rules. 

Anthony Nash and other hurling stars will no longer be allowed to strike the ball within the 20m line. They will however be allowed to move the sliothar back up to 7m.

Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe bravely blocked a Nash shot on Sunday in his side’s defeat to the Rebels, having run out as the Kanturk man lifted the ball.

The Association indicated they would look at the rule in the wake of the game.

“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,” a GAA statement tonight reads. “Lifting the ball with the hurley does not constitute ‘striking the ball’.”

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The changes will be in effect until next year’s Congress.

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