Thursday 29 September 2016

Kelly calls for Hawk-Eye to be brought for Thurles final

Michael Verney

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

As the last line of defence Kelly has a better view than most of scores/wides and believes Hawk-Eye’s Semple Stadium introduction is long overdue. Photo: Sportsfile
As the last line of defence Kelly has a better view than most of scores/wides and believes Hawk-Eye’s Semple Stadium introduction is long overdue. Photo: Sportsfile

The possibility of Hawk-Eye being used during this year's Hurling League final in Thurles on May 1 is something Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly welcomes as he believes greater efforts are needed to ensure clarity.

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Brought in as a method to eliminate contentious points decisions in Croke Park, Hawk-Eye is now in its fourth year and has been a huge success. It is expected that it will be trialled at Semple Stadium in next month's decider.

Most famously John O'Dwyer's free was correctly ruled wide in the dying seconds of the 2014 All-Ireland final to deny Tipperary a famous win against Kilkenny.

It has aided referees and umpires with debatable calls but until now, it has been confined to big games in GAA headquarters.

As the last line of defence Kelly has a better view than most of scores and wides and believes Hawk-Eye's Semple Stadium introduction is long overdue.

Watching sliotars sail over his head, the Inagh-Kilnamona man gives unique insight into a string of recent controversial scoring decisions.

"We were talking about it on the way back on the bus. (Darach) Honan made out he got a point and he was looking for Hawk-Eye, putting the finger up so it's a good thing it can be used," Kelly said.

"TJ (Reid) was given a point the last day. The umpires said it was a point and it was actually wide. It's the fine margins. Last year we played Limerick and Shane Dowling admitted that the ball was wide.

"In fairness to the umpires, the ball is travelling that fast so there's a bit of pressure there but I think it's important that Hawk-Eye should be in use."

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