The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has elected Micheál Naughton as the governing body's next president.

 

The Sligo native was among three candidates for the LGFA presidency alongside fellow Sligo man Liam McDonagh and Dubliner Dominic Leech.

 

Naughton was voted in by delegates at yesterday’s LGFA Congress at Galway's Lough Rea Hotel and will succeed incumbent Marie Hickey at the 2021 Annual Congress.

 

He received 70 votes on the first count from delegates confirming the businessman as the 13th President of the LGFA.

 

LGFA congress also passed a motion which will see players awarded two points for scoring a 45 off the ground.

 

The Kilkenny motion gained large support from delegates at the association’s congress.

 

The change will officially come into force from 1 May, with the stipulation that the ball must travel over the bar and not be touched by any other player for the two points to be awarded.

 

If the ball is touched or deflected over by another player from the 45-metre kick, only one point will be awarded.

 

A proposal to prohibit players from moving the ball backwards from a 45 was defeated.

 

Meanwhile, a Dublin motion calling for official recognition and support of the dual player concept was defeated, despite large WGPA support.

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