Something happened at the weekend which may have far reaching consequences for the future of Gaelic Games but few of us if any picked up on it. Shortly before lunchtime on Saturday motion 26 was passed. Tyrone spoke forcibly against it but as is normal at congress these days the top table got their way.
Motion 26. To establish a standing committee to monitor the interpretation and implementation of playing rules in football and hurling and with the power to propose changes deemed necessary regardless of the five-year year rule was passed.
So what? Well here’s the way the Croke Park can now legitimately operate. The future rules of our games have been taken out of the control of our clubs and county boards and now relies solely on a small committee in Croke Park. That means that they can now dream up any rule which they believe will ‘enhance’ our games and bring it to congress to be rubber stamped every year.
The days of calling a mark, kicking the ball into the crowd to end a game, and all that closed fist pass rubbish could become a reality again and sooner than you think.