Brolly Rules To Be Tested


Earlier this year, frustrated at what he called ‘muck’, RTE panellist Joe Brolly came up with a rule change for Gaelic Football, which he said would ‘save’ the game from the Blanket Defence.

He wrote; ‘One simple rule change, that applies only on the kick-out. The goalkeeper must kick the ball out beyond the 45-metre line. For the kickout, only the four midfielders can be in the zone between the 45s. The rest of the players must line up as per the throw-in, with six-versus-six inside each 45. They do not have to be in their starting positions, so long as there are six from each team inside each 45. From the kick-out, the ball is not in play until it is touched by one of the midfielders. Until then, the rest must stay inside their 45. I do not advocate for any other playing rule change.’

The former Derry all-star said he believed this one change would revitalise the game. Well, one club is going to put ‘Brolly’s Rules’ to the test on the eve of the Ulster Final on Saturday July 18th July.

In a packed day of events, the most northerly club in County Monaghan, Truagh Gaels, is going to pit some of Ulster’s finest against a selection from the Rest of Ireland, using the pundit’s changes and the man-in-the-middle, in charge of this experiment, is referees’ chairman Pat McEnaney.

The Rest Of Ireland men taking on the challenge will be managed by Pat’s brother, Banty McEnaney (let’s hope there’ll be no favouritism) along with Kildare legend Glen Ryan and will feature Padraig Joyce, Eamon O Hara, Mattie Forde and Roscommon netminder Shane Curran to name but a few.

The team comprising of the players from Ulster will see Ronan Clarke, Ryan 'Ricey' Mc Menamin, Aaron Kernan and Seanie Johnstone in their ranks. Patrolling the Ulster sideline will be Fermanagh great, Peter McGinnity and Down goalsmith 'Wee' James Mc Cartan.

Half time break will see the club honour the ‘75 Eoin Ward Cup winning squad, captained by Fr Macartan McQuaid.

Among those in the crowd to give a thumbs up or down to the new ‘rules’ will be a who’s who of Gaelic Football – including legendary Dublin and Kerry players Brian Mullins and Eoin ‘the Bomber’ Liston.

And as no match is complete unless there’s a lengthy discussion afterwards, the evening ends with Mullins and Liston joining ‘The Final Countdown’, looking forward to the next day’s Ulster Final, with Armagh’s Jimmy Smyth in charge of proceedings.

Teams as follows (allowing for some last minute tactical changes from Banty!):
Leo Mc Loone, Dermot 'Brick' Molloy, Paddy Bradley, Eamon Burns, SM Lockhart, Gerard O Kane, Thomas Mc Cann, Micheal Mc Cann, Ronan Clarke, Oisin Mc Conville, Kyle Carragher, Aaron Kernan, Johnny Hanratty, Glenn Murphy, Dermot Mc Ardle, JP Mone, Dan Mc Cartan, Kallum King, Benny Coulter, Ambrose Rodgers, Brendan Mc Veigh, Barry Owens, Eamon Maguire, Chris Breen, Seamus Quigley, Seanie Johnston, Davy Harte, Ryan Mc Menamin, John Devine.

Padraic Joyce, David Heaney, David Brady, Ciaran Mc Donald, Eamon O Hara, Shane Curran, Frankie Dolan, Gary Hurney, Matty Forde, Anthony Rainbow, Dermot Early, Johnny Doyle, Enda Murphy, Paul Barden, Declan O Sullivan, Seamus Kenny, Graham Geraghty, Anthony Moyles, Joe Sheridan, Leighton Glynn, John O Leary, Jason Sherlock, Shane Lennon, Darren Clarke, Ronan Carroll, Paddy Keenan, Graham Canty, Nicholas Murphy.

The day is being sponsored by Padhraic Mc Keever of in association with our charity partners, The Irish Heart Foundation.

In true GAA style, the day begins with a recognition of the importance of our youth, when at 10am the annual U10 Blitz for The John ‘Paddy’ Treanor Cup gets underway.

20 teams from all over Ulster play in this competition in memory of our former player. Final at 3pm approx.

At 6-30pm, another former player and administrator will be remembered in the official dedication of The Francie ‘Beckan’ Treanor Stand. Our spectator stand will be blessed and then officially opened by Offaly star of yesteryear Matt Connor. In attributing Francie's name to the stand, the club is celebrating the great role played by him in the development of facilities at St.Mellan's and his overall contribution to the life of our club; as a player for over twenty years, secretary for twenty-one years, club P.R.O. registrar, team manager and captain of our first championship winning team .

Throw-in for the big ‘Brolly’s Rules’ match is at 6.45pm

‘The Final Countdown’, a GAA chatshow gets underway at 9.30pm when Jimmy Smyth will chair the numerous points of debate and discussion.

The panel making sense of all that has gone before includes; Legends of Gaelic Football, Brian Mullins, Eoin ‘Bomber’ Liston and Matt Connor, GAA correspondent with The Irish Examiner, John Fogarty and The Belfast Telegraph’s Declan Bogue. They will joined in the first half of the night by the one and only Nudie Hughes and Donegal’s Brendan Devenny. The debate resumes when the panel are joined by the men from the West, Conor Mortimer and Eamon O Hara to discuss the Connacht Final.
This is an event not to be missed by any GAA fan.