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CORK CLUB PROPOSES CARD AXE.

Byline: DENIS HURLEY

THERE may not have been any player strike to contend with, but that did not make Saturday night's Cork County Board annual convention any less eventful.

The main development from the convention is that junior clubs are finally to be allowed representation on the county board.

However, it is the motions with regard to changes in rules, which will go forward to the GAA's annual Congress in April, that are likely to grasp most attention.

The proposal to bring in a rule in football to limit moves t o no more than three consecutive handpasses is not that out of the ordinary, but the other Cork motion at Congress is sure to cause plenty of debate.

This is because, following it being put forward by Glen Rovers, a motion to remove yellow and red cards - from hurling only - was passed by a margin of 215 votes to 110.

In the words of the motion's proposer, Christy Ring of Glen Rovers, son of the former Cork star, yellow and red cards are "tools of the outsider" and are a "showpiece for the public and the media" and bookings and sendings-off should be private matters between the referee and the player.

In his annual report, chairman Jerry O'Sullivan decried what he saw as attempts to cut down on the contact element of hurling and football with more rule changes.

"I have no objection the change," he said, "but it appears to me that we are trying to sterilise our games to the point of boredom.

"They are full-blooded, contact sports and that is part of the appeal.

"A lot is made of protecting the skilful player but in my experience the skilful player is well able to gain an advantage for himself, by fair means or foul."

O'Sullivan also called for unity in Cork.

"What benefit is an antiboard approach to Cork GAA? The board is an open forum on every occasion on which it meets and we conduct our business in an open and democractic way."

In his report, PRO Ger Lane lamented what he felt was poor coverage of the intercounty championship on national radio this summer.

Having complimented local radio on the job it does, he said: "We have to ask are we doing something wrong if we are not getting our message out there," before saying the matter has been raised with the GAA".

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Date:Dec 14, 2009
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