Rules needed WESTERN BUREAU: Straight-talking Dwaine Humphrey, the assistant football coach at Irwin High School, has taken the establishment to task for allowing what he calls the predatory habit of some schools scavenging better players from less recognised institutions to boost their chances of winning the daCosta Cup. Humphrey told The Gleaner that the practice has left several schools with little chance of ever competing on a level playing field. “I am extremely angry because these so-called top coaches and schools for whom they work are given credit for work they have not done,” he said. “How many of these coaches really can boast of taking a player from scratch and making that player a top potential? Not many can. It is the coaches who groomed these players and taught them the basics who should be given credit, and as soon as that player becomes an asset to the school, big-name coaches scavenge them away,” said Humphrey. Irwin High, known as the Group A beating stick, were put to the sword in an 8-1 mauling by Cornwall College on Saturday’s opening day and then soundly thrashed 4-1 by St James High on Tuesday. They, according to the no-nonsense coach, number among such victims and he wants the body that governs local schoolboy football, the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA), to put an end to the practice. He said scouting is a natural part of most sporting disciplines but added that some order must be there for the rule, noting that the practice of ‘buying’ a player is shadowing what occurs in the professional football world. “I may come across as a sore loser, but that’s far from the truth. I believe in giving youngsters a fair chance. Small schools with limited resources cannot do that because they are always being scavenged,” Humphrey said. “It’s like small, unrecognised coaches and small schools are employed to these big-name coaches and their schools. ISSA needs to take a long look at it because it cannot be fair to some schools,” argued Humphrey. In addition to the players’ ability, schools from which they are ‘bought’ also lose a student who could help bring the school’s average up. “When you scavenge, or as they ‘buy’ a player, they are not just taking a footballer, they are taking away a student. How then can that be fair to these schools. What chance will that school have of becoming one of those A-Class institutions? “They are swiping the most academically inclined players also, which cannot benefit the small schools such as the Irwins and the Anchovys,” the coach said. He noted that until schoolboy football goes professional, which, under certain statutes, will never be the case, ISSA must come up with a concrete plan to at least limit the practice to give small-name schools a chance to succeed not just in football, but through academics as well.
GAELIC games rules analyst Gerry McDermott has died, his family announced today.The Glenties native was highly respected throughout the gaelic games community in the country and throughout Co Donegal. He had worked until recently for the Revenue Commissioners and lived with is family in Cellbridge, Co Kildare.He was the ‘last word’ on the interpretation of the rules of the game and never held back in his criticism of both pundits and managers. In July he criticised inter-county football managers for claiming there is no clear definition of the tackle.Writing in the Leinster final match programme, Mr McDermott said bosses such as Jack O’Connor, Conor Counihan and Kieran McGeeney are wrong to claim the constitution of the tackle is uncertain.Referring to a comment the Kerry manager O’Connor made about the absence of a defined tackle ‘thieving the game’, McDermott wrote: “Jack seems to be unaware that the tackle has been defined since 1991 and forms an integral part of the playing rules. He also should know that the referees must apply the rules as stated and do not have the authority to ignore the rules in the Official Guide.“Under the rules of control, the referee are duty bound under rule 1.2 (i) to control the game in accordance with the playing rules. “They do not have a choice here. If Jack thinks the referees should use common sense then he should set out clearly the rules in which he thinks the referee should ignore.“He should realise that common sense is not nearly as common as many people think it is.“They do not bother to state the existing rules that govern the tackle in Gaelic football, nor do they bother to quote the definition of the tackle.“The critics never give them because that would destroy their assertion that there is no tackle in Gaelic football.“Definition number 15 states that a tackle is ‘Any attempt to dispossess or reduce the advantage of opponent within the rules of fair play. With the exception of the charge (fair), the tackle is aimed at the ball not the player’. “What could be clearer?”Gerry had worked with Mick O’Dwyer and Mickey Harte, and also pointed out RTÉ Sunday Game pundits were using the wrong terminology in describing games.“The hurling analyst do not seem to have any appreciation for rules at all.“They keep referring to outdated terms such as ‘the square’, the 14 and the 21-yard lines. “Are they not aware that we no longer have 14 yard or 21 yard lines on the field of play.“The Official Guide has gone metric for at least 33 years.”The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyhttp://www.insolvencyjournal.ie/news_more_details/11-09-02/Appointment_of_Joint_Receivers_and_Managers_River_Newspapers_South_Donegal_Limited.aspxSAD DEATH OF LEADING DONEGAL GAA GAMES ANALYST was last modified: November 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Co Donegaldeath of gaa analystdonegaldaily.comgerry mcdermottGlenties