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Super Article on Throw Balls in Hurling

  • 26-08-2021 6:20pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3,096 ✭✭✭

    The link below has a great article on the amount of thrown balls in hurling and the lack of enforcement of the rules.

    236 throw balls in the All-Ireland Final and the two All-Ireland Sem-Finals. [Doesn't include the extra-time in the Cork Kilkenny semi-final]

    Not one free for a throw ball in any of the three games.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,489 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    It does seem just from an observer, fairly endemic. But the quality of refereeing at intercounty level hasn’t been good... both codes the enforcement and application of the rules and regulations is lacking.

  • Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭Montys return

    The figures in that article are total BS let's be real here. Your man probably had one angle or even half an angle to judge it on many of those occasions.

    Yes there is throwing going on, and a few culprits in particular (our soon to be hurler of the year springs to mind) but theres no way 70% of them are throws.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,810 ✭✭✭zetecescort

    thrown hand passes, steps, charging when possession etc. there is a heap of rules constantly ignored by referees but sure they have to let the game flow

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,630 ✭✭✭✭padd b1975

    It's a farce.

    Plenty of it in football too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 512 ✭✭✭Corcaigh84

    The 'handpass' the biggest scourge on the game, far worse than 'steps' imho. I would be shocked if they do anything about it in the next few years however.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,567 ✭✭✭ArielAtom

    It's just an article by a Tipp lad, it's his opinion. No stats to back it up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 222 ✭✭One_More_Mile

    There are a lot of throws in the modern game but those stats don't stand up to any scrutiny. The other of 6 for Limerick in the final, is that off the stick ? Cause on watching it back the number of stick passes they completed was up there with hand passes

  • Registered Users Posts: 222 ✭✭One_More_Mile

    I am amused by a Tipp supporter going over old games with the pen and paper counting so called throws though.

    Rent free

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,675 ✭✭✭✭callaway92

    Yeh it’s BS. Couple of things

    1) like you said, not having multiple angles, coding a hand pass in itself is tough. Saying it’s a throw ball is very tough then.. and even at that - coding it as a thrown ball is actually kind of weird behaviour

    2) someone’s definition of a thrown ball might be different to others

    I actually think articles/things like this are embarrassing

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,080 ✭✭✭Asdfgh2020

    would question the stats but can’t argue with a lot of what he/she says…..rapid and multiple (questionable) consecutive hand passes in close succession are a scourge on the game…..a simple rule to introduce to reduce this would be to disallow consecutive hand passes….hand to sick to hand etc etc…?

  • Registered Users Posts: 16 Col. Blackbeard

    So that's it then, you feel embarrassed by the article, dismiss it as BS and there is nothing to see here?

    Of course there are going to differences in what a tv viewer sees vs what a referee sees but how can the huge numbers contained in the article be reconciled with not a single free being awarded for the offence across all three games?

    Not sure what you mean by coding above, but "someone’s definition of a thrown ball might be different to others" should be irrelevant and we should be only dealing with the definition of a clearly executed handpass i.e did the player execute a clear handpass or not?

    The onus is on the player to execute the pass in such a way as to leave no doubt in the ref's mind (unless the refs view is obstructed for example, which is often the case) and excuses about the speed of players hands etc. these days don't standup.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,675 ✭✭✭✭callaway92

  • Registered Users Posts: 999 ✭✭✭timple23

    I don't see much in this. I thought Cian Lynch threw the ball to Hegarty for his first goal and then Coleman threw the ball 20 secs later as Cork went to score a goal. These days there is no backswing of the arm, players swing the arm, release sliothar, pause swing of arm and then continue armswing. Sometimes players may open there hand while holding the ball to make it appear that they have release it when they haven't and might actually throw it.

    I have more annoyance with what I call the "henry throw", when a player throws the ball out ahead of themselves making it look like they attempted to play it on the hurley only for it to hit the ground and pick it up again, often happens when they've already made two catches.

    There is no consistency between what frees are given for in early championship vs in August. Its been a bad year for refereeing in both codes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭anplaya27

    Huge bugbear. Limerick definitely the biggest culprits by a country mile.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16 Col. Blackbeard

    How prevalent is your "Henry throw" in today's game vs for example, when Henry was playing?

    Can you give a few examples of it being used to advantage in this years Championship?

    In your opinion is it a greater aid to a team's ability to keep position than the handpass?

  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭Iecrawfc

    of course, and the point of the thread becomes apparent..

  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭anplaya27

    Well considering they're the biggest culprits for it ? I'd say the same of any team.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,133 ✭✭✭robbiezero

    From the article it seems that Cork are actually the biggest culprits and KK are really missing a trick by being miles off the throwing.

    Whether one agrees or disagrees with the stats in the article there is no doubt its endemic in the game and its a blight on the game and hopefully some pressure will build to start dealing with that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,133 ✭✭✭robbiezero

    Should be very easy to disprove his figures then, he has given the times and the criteria for judging them as throws.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,088 ✭✭✭Browney7

    In fairness to him he does (how long it took him to go through it and note each one is another story).

    I struggle to see how he can be so definitive on them being throws given the footage - he said hannon's and o'donoghue's were throws for the first lynch score. I struggle too see how he can be so sure. If he did an analysis of "clear handpass", "clear throw", "debatable handpass" it would have had merit. Instead, he's deemed anything not a "clear and obvious handpass" is a throw. That undermines his "analysis" in my view.

    I look forward to him publishing minute by minute breakdowns of Tipp's games and presenting his findings to the new Tipp management on how how they are or aren't missing a trick that everyone else is clearly up to.

  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭anplaya27

    I watched them v Waterford and Cork and they were definitely at it more. I remember watching kilkenny v cork and thinking out of all teams in the semis kilkenny were doing it correctly more than.any other team.

  • Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭Montys return

    The man has already wasted his own time, he won't be wasting mine

  • Registered Users Posts: 500 ✭✭✭Davys Fits

    A Super article for sure and thankfully a few are concerned about this. Handpassing is a poor spectacle in both codes. Anything that makes the game flow and creates shallow excitement seems to be impossible to curtail in the GAA world even if its completely illegal and skill less. You cant defend a handpass (legal or illegal) and even if you can its probably an ugly tackle. Why are we not encouraging the great skills of blocks, hooks and stick passes rather than this desperate slingfest. If its not dealt with soon in hurling Im afraid it will be too late.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,402 ✭✭✭Grats

    Of course it's the author's interpretation of a throw ball but fair play to him for coming up with the article. Nobody can dispute the fact that many hand passes are illegal. Throwing the ball speeds up the game and suits certain teams. Officials, GAA, media etc have turned a blind eye to it. Therefore every team should perfect it and use it. Cork did it more than ever this year, and are dead right. Next year's league will be interesting should all teams join in the fun.