Coldrick to join elite group of referees after landing final
MEATH'S David Coldrick has been appointed to referee the All-Ireland Senior Football final for the second time in four seasons.
The 34-year-old Blackhall Gaels man joins a select band of referees who have refereed more than one All-Ireland final, having previously been in charge of Cork versus Kerry in 2007. The stand-by referee and linesman will be Gearoid O Conamha (Galway), while Maurice Deegan (Laois) will also be a linesman. Wexford's Syl Doyle will be sideline official.
Sligo's Michael Duffy, whose brother Marty refereed last year's senior final, will take charge of the minor decider.
Coldrick did not referee either of this year's All-Ireland semi-finals but did officiate at the Dublin-Tyrone quarter-final, having earlier handled the Tyrone-Monaghan Ulster final.
The failure of Leinster's counties to reach the SF final since 2001 has been a boost to referees from the province. John Bannon (Longford), Brian White (Wexford), Michael Monahan (Kildare), Deegan (Laois) and Coldrick have all officiated since then.
Ulster (Pat McEnaney, Brian Crowe) and Connacht (Marty Duffy) have three finals between them, while no Munster man has been appointed since Micheal Collins (Cork) took charge of Galway-Meath in 2001.
The GAA tend to shy away from appointing referees from the same province as the competing teams for finals. Bannon was the last same-province referee at a final for Kildare-Galway in 1998.
Meanwhile, the newly formed supporters group last night agreed to boycott the renewal of long-term Croke Park tickets at a meeting in Dublin last night. The group have instead asked for a meeting with the GAA's Management Committee to discuss the issue and urged other patrons in a similar position not to renew at the current price.