Thursday 8 December 2016

There's nothing brave or manly about striking someone with your hurl

Colm Parkinson

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

Referee Johnny Ryan shows a straight red card to Clare's Brendan Bugler after his offence against Liam Og McGovern of Wexford in Saturday's thrilling qualifier replay. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Referee Johnny Ryan shows a straight red card to Clare's Brendan Bugler after his offence against Liam Og McGovern of Wexford in Saturday's thrilling qualifier replay. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Johnny Ryan got the two red cards in Saturday's thrilling qualifier replay between Clare and Wexford right. There was no doubt both were red, for completely different offences. Jack Browne was a run-of-the-mill sending-off for persistent fouling, but Brendan Bugler's was a more serious offence.

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Liam Og McGovern's hands were in the air, so he was completely open and not expecting a hurl to be driven into his stomach. He could have been seriously hurt.

Now I don't want to single Bugler out, because unfortunately nasty offences like this one are commonplace in hurling, especially at club level.

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