Duo's 'fair' standard
Published 03/04/2010 | 05:00
Clare and Limerick continue to head the football 'fair play' index which the GAA has introduced for the National League.
The counties have picked up just 12 yellow cards in six matches, an average of two per game. Three other Division 4 teams, Kilkenny, Longford and Wicklow, are next on the index with Wicklow picking up 22 yellows in seven games for a 3.14 average. The highest Division 1 team is Dublin with 19 yellows from six games giving them an average of 3.17 per game.
Kerry's trip to Healy Park in Omagh last weekend had sent them tumbling down the table with a straight red card for Aidan O'Mahony and eight yellows having a big impact. They have now picked up two red and 19 yellow cards for a 3.83 average per match. Tyrone are now languishing near the bottom after Omagh with 19 yellows to add to the four reds already picked up.
Monaghan, with 29 yellow cards, have an average of just under five (4.83) each time they play.
Galway's record is surprisingly poor, 32 from the six rounds to date making their average 5.33. Carlow, with two straight red and 35 yellow cards, have the worst record in the four divisions.
In hurling, Galway have been least taxing on referees with just seven yellows from five games, one less than Waterford. All the Division 1 teams are in the top half of the table with Limerick and Cork in fourth and fifth place respectively. Dublin are the lowest-placed top-flight team with 12 yellow cards making their average 2.40 per match.