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Shane Murphy: “I’d nearly chance my arm outfield if the back pass ban came in”

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Shane Murphy has warned that the GAA’s proposed ban on passing the ball back to the goalkeeper will not only discourage young players from playing in goal, it may also force current keepers to pursue a career out the field – himself included.

Speaking to this journalist in the first ever Killarney Advertiser Sport Podcast, the Dr Crokes netminder joined fellow stoppers Niall Morgan and Rory Beggan in criticising the radical new plan to exclude goalkeepers from open play.

GAA President John Horan is keen on the move having reviewed data from 20 National League games which showed that there was an average of 10 back passes to the goalkeeper per match.

“If you think about it, if you take out the goalkeeper as the safety valve behind the defence it then allows the team to press forward much more and actually draw them out instead of going back behind,” Horan was recently quoted as saying.

Murphy, who played intercounty with Kerry in 2018 and has been a mainstay for Dr Crokes during the most successful period in the club’s history, doesn’t see the merit in even trialling the back pass ban.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” he said.

“Becoming a goalkeeper is actually an attractive position nowadays. It’s an important position and people actually want to do it. Before, it was the fat kid who went in goals, and that’s probably the way I started myself.

“I don’t know how he (John Horan) is even contemplating bringing it in. Maybe the one where the keeper takes a short kickout and it’s punched back to him inside the 21, maybe cut that out. Maybe the keeper can’t receive the ball from outside the 21, back in. That wouldn’t be too bad.

“But let’s say a corner back is under pressure on the endline. He can’t pass it across to the keeper? It makes no sense.”

Murphy is part of a new generation of goalkeepers who have revolutionised the game with their ball skills and accurate kicking and the Crokes No. 1 says that curtailing these keepers now would detract from the game, not add to it.

“Most goalkeepers are ball players these days. They’re well able to kick it and carry it. Why would you take that away?

“I don’t think it slows down the game. It does make the kickout, at times, a bit easier, and that can slow it down a bit. But they’re getting way too bogged down with trying to get the keeper to lamp the ball again. That’s just a 50/50 ball. It takes a lot of the skill and a lot of the tactics out of the game.”

When it was put to him that the option of the goalkeeper was giving backs an easy way out and ultimately discouraging forward kicking, Murphy had an interesting take.

“I’d say that 90% of keepers would be more comfortable on the ball than the corner back. Your good, solid, man-marking corner back might not necessarily be great on the ball. It might benefit the team if he gives it to the keeper and lets him kick it out or carry it out.

“I just don’t see how this proposed rule change could possibly benefit the game. It’ll discourage young fellas from playing in goal, and it’ll discourage people who are playing in goals at the moment. I’d nearly chance my arm outfield if that came in.”

In spite of the widespread opposition, the proposed new rule change could go before a special congress which is due to take place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in October.

Rule changes related to the attacking mark, kickouts from the 20-metre line, the ban on backwards sidelines and a 10-minute sin bin for black card offences will also be voted on, as will the new two-tiered championship format which is expected to be in place for 2020.

The GAA have also announced plans to complete next year’s All-Ireland Club Championships by January with a view to bringing the finals back to December for 2021.

 

Listen to the full Shane Murphy interview on the Killarney Advertiser Sport Podcast.

In our first ever episode, Shane speaks to Adam about his Crokes teammates, missing out on the Kerry panel and life between the sticks. Adam also puts Shane’s knowledge of Dr Crokes history to the test in a tricky round of trivia.

Listen here.

 

Pic: Sportsfile.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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