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Friday 24 November 2017

Croke Park closing in on decision over Hawk-Eye technology

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA will come closer to a decision on the future use of score-detection technology this week when they meet with representatives of the company which has conducted tests on a hurling and football match at Croke Park.

Hawk-Eye will sit down with GAA officials on Thursday and discuss the findings of their tests, which were conducted on Saturday, April 2, for the Dublin/Kilkenny hurling and Dublin/Down football league matches.

The cost of rolling out the technology for an entire championship programme is also likely to be discussed.

The use of score-detection technology was highlighted once again at Croke Park on Sunday when Dublin's first 'point' from Alan McCrabbe was clearly wide at the Hill 16 end. It follows a sequence of scores that should or shouldn't have been awarded in games over the last few seasons.

GAA officials are satisfied that if the testing process has worked and everything is compatible, there will be a mood to deploy the technology but cost is understood to be the biggest probable barrier.

Preliminary figures have been mooted which may make the whole concept for every championship game and venue prohibitive.

Last year, Central Council abandoned the idea of installing official clocks at every venue because of a potential cost of €250,000.

Interestingly, Waterford hurler John Mullane came out against the use of technology to establish the legitimacy of scores yesterday.

Mullane revealed that he had backed McCrabbe at odds of 6/5 to score 1.5 points or more so he was happy to see it called as a point. But, surprisingly, he admitted he wouldn't be in favour of it.

"You only get it once every so often. I know with Louth and the (Leinster championship) football (final) last year there are big calls for it but, for me, I wouldn't be in favour.

"It might take away from the game a little. It'd be too stop-start with video analysis and that.

"Bar one or two decisions and the football last year, we are as well to leave it alone."

Irish Independent

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