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Sean Tobin makes history

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In years to come it may well be a quiz question. Who was the first player to take a free in the free competition in the gaa?
Sean Tobin is the answer, Meath and Longford made history today competing in the first free competition to decide a match. It was almost dark, there was cheers (and some geers) but I'm delighted to say I was there. Well done to both teams and their management.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 13570 - 14/01/2018 22:10:48    2068367

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Fair enough the GAA came up with this idea in an effort to cut out replays but they could have done better than a free-taking competition to decide games. How about throwing the ball in again and whichever team gets the first score wins out? A bit like golden goal in soccer.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - Posts: 357 - 14/01/2018 22:36:35    2068371

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Penalty shoot out a lot more simple and entertaining

ke40 (Kildare) - Posts: 151 - 14/01/2018 23:07:03    2068382

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Replying To ke40:  "Penalty shoot out a lot more simple and entertaining"
You are probably right, but then I think some would have complained about following soccer. The free taking is uniquely gaa. Personally I would have preferred penalties.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 13570 - 15/01/2018 09:15:51    2068406

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Penalties are a lottery. Frees a better test of a spread of skill in a team (assuming different free takers), instead of just favouring teams with brilliant goalies, which is the downside to penalties. I'd also prefer if frees had to be taken off the ground. Out of the hand always has been the easy option, and the guy taking it out of the hand always cheats a little (makes the angle easier, steals a yard or two). Off the ground is the real test of skill.

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 435 - 15/01/2018 09:45:07    2068415

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Fair enough the GAA came up with this idea in an effort to cut out replays but they could have done better than a free-taking competition to decide games. How about throwing the ball in again and whichever team gets the first score wins out? A bit like golden goal in soccer."
Yeah I suggested this at the game.
Too add it also took 10 mins for it to start after the game. Players were tired a getting cold.

ziggy320001 (Meath) - Posts: 2415 - 15/01/2018 09:52:18    2068420

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Fair enough the GAA came up with this idea in an effort to cut out replays but they could have done better than a free-taking competition to decide games. How about throwing the ball in again and whichever team gets the first score wins out? A bit like golden goal in soccer."
I'd rather that solution to be honest.

Penalties in soccer, although they make for great drama, have always left me cold.

At the end of it, a team may have "won" the game on penos but they still drew the game.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 11774 - 15/01/2018 10:37:06    2068430

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Replying To MesAmis:  "I'd rather that solution to be honest.

Penalties in soccer, although they make for great drama, have always left me cold.

At the end of it, a team may have "won" the game on penos but they still drew the game."
I think the 'golden goal' solution has been tried at schools level in Leinster.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - Posts: 357 - 15/01/2018 13:09:08    2068470

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I reckon a good auld melee with the last man standing would be the best option and certainly the most entertaining :D

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 6760 - 15/01/2018 14:58:13    2068500

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Replying To realdub:  "I reckon a good auld melee with the last man standing would be the best option and certainly the most entertaining :D"
Now your talking.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 13570 - 15/01/2018 15:25:08    2068511

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It is a stupid way to decide the outcome of a match - the guys who decided this way were obviously very short on ideas. Let the game continue after extra time (without stopping) with the first score deciding the outcome, at least the outcome would be decided by playing football, or as another poster has said blow the whistle and continue to first score.

browncows (Meath) - Posts: 1780 - 16/01/2018 10:50:54    2068653

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Replying To browncows:  "It is a stupid way to decide the outcome of a match - the guys who decided this way were obviously very short on ideas. Let the game continue after extra time (without stopping) with the first score deciding the outcome, at least the outcome would be decided by playing football, or as another poster has said blow the whistle and continue to first score."
Might be unfair to the team that's playing against the breeze to just continue the game till someone scores, I taught the free kick shootout was a fair way for both teams and exciting for the fans

Royal.Legend (Meath) - Posts: 152 - 16/01/2018 13:43:46    2068693

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Replying To realdub:  "I reckon a good auld melee with the last man standing would be the best option and certainly the most entertaining :D"
In this scenario, I'd say Meath would settle for a draw more often than not :)

Breffni39 (Cavan) - Posts: 11459 - 16/01/2018 14:08:33    2068700

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Laps of the field. Last man standing, his team wins.

Tacaí Liatroma (Leitrim) - Posts: 460 - 17/01/2018 09:54:06    2068800

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Replying To realdub:  "I reckon a good auld melee with the last man standing would be the best option and certainly the most entertaining :D"
Dublin and Galway tried that method in 1983.

Mixed reviews at the time !

carlovia (None) - Posts: 798 - 17/01/2018 10:01:24    2068802

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Nice to see Meath making history again

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts: 763 - 17/01/2018 11:24:57    2068829

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Additional extra time with the first team to score 2 consecutive scores the winner. any team can win the throw in and within seconds have a score and then game wrapped up, this is not much better than a shout out but the consecutive scores would give a chance to both sides.

superdub (Dublin) - Posts: 321 - 17/01/2018 11:53:59    2068833

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Replying To superdub:  "Additional extra time with the first team to score 2 consecutive scores the winner. any team can win the throw in and within seconds have a score and then game wrapped up, this is not much better than a shout out but the consecutive scores would give a chance to both sides."
And who ever has the Gael force wind wins the day, no for me the only fair way is penaltys or the free kicks

Royal.Legend (Meath) - Posts: 152 - 17/01/2018 22:59:54    2069006

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