Friday 21 July 2017

Jim Gavin unhappy with the state of Croke Park surface after Coldplay gig

Dublin manager Jim Gavin during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin manager Jim Gavin revealed his unhappiness with the condition of part of the Croke Park pitch after yesterday's Leinster final win over Kildare.

Gavin questioned whether replacing part of the surface "was the right thing to do" in the build-up to such a big game.

"It wasn't great now for both teams, and it's probably something the GAA need to have a little reflection on," Gavin told Newstalk. "The groundsmen did an excellent job, an outstanding job actually, to turn it around so quick but going into a provincial final is that the right thing to do to be replacing that part of the pitch, probably a fifth of the pitch?

"I could see both sets of players slipping in that part. It was very hard, that's one thing I'd say about it. It's not a fault of the groundsmen - they were put in a situation to turn the pitch around - so it's probably for the management of Croke Park to have a look at it. A provincial showcase football game in Leinster, is that the right thing to do?"

As soon as yesterday's game was complete the pitch was torn up again to prepare for next week's U2 gig at GAA headquarters.

Irish Independent

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