Some match regulation changes for 2015 confirmed by central council.
The GAA Central Council met last Saturday where it was confirmed there would be some match regulation changes for 2015. One of the main regulation changes are; ” The CCCC now has the authority to withdraw sideline privileges from team officials who make derogatory comments in relation to a match official before a game or in interviews subsequent to a game. Previously, suspensions were the only penalty that could be proposed in these instances”.
Other regulation changes which were proposed or implemented at the meeting, as was published on the GAA website. The press release from Central Council is as follows;
“Central Council will bring a motion to Congress in February which will seek to require that a playing panel of 26 players be registered for all senior inter-county championship games by 9.00am on the Thursday before a game. With the exception of a replacement for a goalkeeper or sub-goalkeeper, no changes can be made to the registered list. The penalty for including a player not included on the registered list will be forfeiture of game. Teams will also be required to submit their starting team to the referee and to committee-in-charge at least 20 minutes before throw-in. The penalty for starting a player not on that list will also be loss of game.
Congress will also be asked to make Hawkeye a permanent feature in Croke Park while its installation in Thurles and in the re-developed stadiums in Casement Park and Páirc Uí Chaoimh is also to be prioritised
It was also confirmed that the Workgroup which was established to review the implementation of the ‘Calendar Year’ from 2016 will submit its proposals to January’s Central Council meeting.”
This new proposal about naming the teams by the Thursday before a match should mean the end of wondering will the team named in the programme on match day will be the actual team starting! It should put an end to naming “dummy” teams on match days. Only recently at this years All Ireland final between Donegal and Kerry, Jim Mc Guinness’ team was announced with Christy Toye and Paddy McBrearty named in the starting 15. When the teams lined up for the National Anthem however, Rory Kavanagh and Darach O’Connor had taken their places.