GAA rejects motion to open county grounds to other sports

Tipperary's John O'Dwyer has a penalty saved in last year's All-Ireland Final against Kilkenny
Penalty-takers have had to beat three players in order to successfully convert penalties

The GAA's Congress has rejected a motion which would have allowed individual counties to open their main grounds to other sports.

Clare club Miltown-Malbay had advanced the motion but it received only 37.9% support from the delegates in Cavan.

The vote will not affect GAA grounds being available for Ireland's bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Ireland's bid depends on a number of GAA grounds being available for the 2023 tournament.

The GAA's Central Council has the power to authorise the opening of any ground specifically for the Rugby World Cup.

The other big news from Saturday's Congress session was the adoption of a hurling rule change which will mean that penalties will see only the goalkeeper lining up against the penalty-taker.

Previously, two outfield players had been able to join the keeper on the goal-line.

The penalty-taker will have to strike the ball outside the 20-metre line.

Saturday's session in Cavan voted to introduce a five-second advantage rule but a motion to introduce a black card to hurling was rejected.

Proposals to introduce extra-time in all championship games and to have a clock-hooter system to end championship matches were both rejected in the GAA's annual gathering at the Slieve Russell Hotel in county Cavan.

A motion that all inter-county panels should be registered by 9am on the Thursday before championship games was accepted with a 52% vote.

Breaches of this rule will see manager's having their sideline privileges withdrawn and/or a 1000 Euro fine.

Teams and substitutes will have to be submitted not later than 20 minutes before the start of games.

Cavan man Aogan Ó Fearghaíl assumed the GAA presidency at Saturday's session after taking over from Laois man Liam O'Neill.

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