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See my (correct) answer to to the question elsewhere.
And, what's all that about 'hoping' the ball?
Aibrean (Kerry) - Posts: 177 - 11/09/2019 06:07:16 2234277Link 0
"If a player hops the ball and, without catching it, tips it over the head of an opponent, and catches it again before it hits the ground, has the player fouled the ball?"
SurelyToGod (Donegal) - Posts: 117 - 13/09/2019 15:04:22 2235027Link 0
I have grudgingly concluded that SurelyToGod is correct and that this play is not legal.
As Rule 4.7 does not differentiate between a player in possession and a player not in possession it applies in both cases.
However, opinions vary on this and I am reliably informed that 'an expert in Croke Park' says that it applies only to a player in possession.
Secondly, in relation to hopping the ball, etc
I think SurelyToGod is incorrect.
Is it legal for a player in possession of the ball to hop the ball on the ground and not catch it again? I am sure it is. Why wouldn't it be? The player has lost possession, has broken no rule and, so, may play the ball (or not play it) any way he likes - including kicking or fisting it to the net.
The suggestion that a hopped ball must be caught is ridiculous. What if the ball bounces awkwardly and the player's best effort to catch it fails?
(To quote subsection (f) of Rule 1.4 in isolation - as SurelyToGod does - is misleading; the other subsections outline four other ways to play the ball. 'Intention' has no relevance: the word is not mentioned in the rules. Refs are not mind-readers!)
Aibrean (Kerry) - Posts: 177 - 07/10/2019 21:05:41 2241931Link 0