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GAA committee set to examine use of Hawkeye

THE GAA will take their first step towards using goal-line technology when a presentation on the famous Hawkeye system is made to the management committee on Saturday.

This year's championship was mired in controversy over key scores where officials made wrong calls and this has hastened the exploration of technology such as Hawkeye, already used in tennis and cricket.

Members of Croke Park's research committee have already had a technical presentation from the company behind Hawkeye.

Now members of the GAA's management committee will be asked by the research committee, which is headed by Dublin's Sean Donnelly and also includes Croke Park's Pat Daly, to approve a feasibility study into the potential for technology to be introduced for championship matches.

However, the committee at the core of these explorations only want technology to offer assistance in determining the legitimacy of scores where there is doubt.

"What we would be proposing is that technology would be used for score detection purposes only," said Daly.

"Hawkeye technology would be able to provide quick determination to a video match official on square ball infringements or whether a player is inside or outside the area where penalties are concerned -- but that is not what we want to explore."

The detail being presented to management comes as St Kevin's in Kildare, the club that successfully brought the motion regarding the taking of sideline kicks from behind the lines last year, calls for video technology to be introduced at all championship games at this weekend's county convention in the K Club.

Kildare were of course on the end of a wrong call last August when Down's Benny Coulter scored a decisive goal in an All-Ireland semi-final, despite being in the square at the point of contact with the ball.