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Whole new ball game

The Oisin McConville column

The wheels of change turn rather slowly within the GAA.

I know that there have been some dramatic alterations to the Association’s landscape in recent years.

But it is fair to say that for decades before that the very thought of change was anathema to the conservative elements within this country’s biggest sporting organisation.

Yet in much the same way that those in the corridors of power within Croke Park are usually reluctant to depart from what has been custom and practice for generations, some county football team managers are revealing a lack of vision by their failure to adapt to modern playing methods.

And in this respect I am most certainly not taking an evangelistic approach in espousing the perceived virtues of a blanket defence.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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