Two-year pilot for Hawk-Eye as hurling league gets revamp
THE GAA has bought time by opting to trial Hawk-Eye technology on a pilot basis for the next two years in Croke Park before deciding whether it will become a permanent feature for score detection at all county grounds.
Installing Hawk-Eye in every county would cost over €500,000, a figure which many in the GAA believe is excessive.
However, no decision will have to be made until the end of 2013, at which stage the full practicalities of using the technology will be known. Hawk-Eye will apply to score detection only, leaving referees continuing to deal the with controversial 'square ball' calls.
As well as approving the use of Hawk-Eye, Central Council also decided at its meeting on Saturday to restructure the Allianz Hurling League next year. Division 1 will be increased from six to 12 counties, divided into 1A and 1B, based on where teams finished in this year's competition.
That's bad news for Wexford and Limerick, both of whom would have been in Division 1 under the previous eight-county groupings.
Wexford finished seventh in Division 1 this year, while Limerick won Division 2, which would have earned them promotion under the old system. Now, Wexford and Limerick drop into Division 1B which means they can't win the main title outright.
The final in each division will be between the top two, while relegation will be decided on a play-off between the two bottom teams. Group winners in Divisions 2 and 3 will be promoted.
The only change in the football league sees the return of semi-finals in Division 1 after four seasons where the final was contested by the top two.
NEW HURLING DIVISIONS
Division 1A: Kilkenny, Dublin, Waterford, Tipperary, Galway, Cork.
1B: Wexford, Offaly, Limerick, Clare, Laois, Antrim.
2A: Down, Carlow, Kerry, Westmeath, Wicklow, Derry.
2B: London, Kildare, Meath, Armagh, Mayo, Roscommon.
3A: Louth, Fingal, Donegal, Sligo, Monaghan, Tyrone.
3B: Longford, Leitrim, Fermanagh, Warwickshire.
Injury ends Cavanagh season
Former Footballer of the Year Sean Cavanagh's season is over after picking up an injury while preparing for Ireland's International Rules series against Australia. The Tyrone man was bench pressing weights on Thursday when he detached a tendon in his shoulder.