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New 20m free rule in effect from 14 June

Updated: Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 18:20 | Comments

Stephen O'Keefe saves Anthony Nash's penalty by rushing off his line before the sliotar is struck
Stephen O'Keefe saves Anthony Nash's penalty by rushing off his line before the sliotar is struck

The GAA Central Council has approved the interpretation of rules for penalties and frees from the 20m line after the controversy during last weekend's Cork-Waterford clash.

These new rules will come into effect on Sunday 14 June.

During the Munster SHC quarter-final replay, Waterford goalkeeper Stephen O'Keefe rushed from his line to charge down a penalty attempt from Cork 'keeper Anthony Nash, after Nash had lifted the ball several metres forward from the ground.

Under the new interpretations, a player taking a penalty or a 20m free, may bring the ball back up to seven metres from the 20m line for the purposes of making a traditional run at the ball, but shall strike the ball on or outside the 20m line - but not inside it.

If a player taking a penalty or free puck on the actual 20m line fails to lift the ball at the first attempt or fails to strike it with the hurley, and that action causes the ball to marginally cross inside the 20m line, the player, as provided for in this rule, shall be allowed to strike the ball on the ground without delay.

Crucially, now the players defending a free puck awarded on the 20m line at a point other than on the centre point of that line shall stand a minimum of 20m from the point of award of the free and may not move closer to that point of award until the ball has been actually struck.

‘Lifting’ the ball with the hurley does not constitute ‘striking the ball’.

These new interpretations will have force of rule until Congress 2015.

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