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Presentations taking place up steps of Hogan

WHEN managers want to motivate their troops in deepest, darkest winter and extract every last ounce of effort from their weary, overweight and under-appreciated players, they regular refer to that mythical journey "up the steps of the Hogan Stand" to get the competitive juices flowing.


Over the last two years, that very quest has been under threat, however.

One of the unfortunate side-effects of the ongoing and now tedious furore over pitch invasions, Plan B and Health and Safety issues is that cup presentations were to be switched to a podium erected in the middle of the pitch.

Such a construction was under way after last year's hurling final before a belated and necessary acquiescence to the status quo.

But this year, even though the barriers will be up and the GAA are hell bent on ending the on-field excursions, the presentation will definitely take place "up the steps of the Hogan Stand".

A statement released by Croke Park yesterday afternoon read: "The GAA has confirmed that both of the presentations following Sunday's GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship finals will take place in the Hogan Stand.

"In the interests of safety and the health and well being of everyone who will be in Croke Park on Sunday.

"The Association calls for the co-operation and assistance of supporters and asks spectators to refrain from entering the playing area after both games," added the statement.

"As part of the match day arrangements it is planned that the winning teams from both the minor and senior finals will complete a lap of honour following the presentations."