Tuesday 21 January 2020

Home truths on pitched battles

IT really is tedious to see and hear the repeated references of so-called experts, TV pundits, scribes and coaches, to the wide open spaces of particular GAA pitches, Thurles and Croke Park being the main ones.

The maximum size, by regulation, is 145m by 90m and the minimum is 130m by 80m.

Croke Park is 144m by 86m.

Thurles is marginally over maximum length but less than minimum width -- the sacred sod doesn't even meet the regulations! Most club pitches are wider.

The two main pitches in Cork are of maximum size. Tralee is almost.

"Cork love playing in Thurles" and "Cork love coming to Killarney" -- presumably more to do with the ambience than the narrow pitches, surely?

Colm Mangan
Tralee, Co KERRY

Irish Independent

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