Monday 19 March 2018

Croker to hold Hawk-Eye test during Dubs double-header

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Site tests for score detection technology provided by Hawk-Eye will be conducted in Croke Park next week when the last game in Dublin's Spring Series takes place.

The GAA have confirmed that the technology will be in place for the double-header between the Dublin and Kilkenny hurlers and Dublin and Down footballers.

It has been decided to use this date to conduct the tests for both hurling and football matches, which take place on April 2.

The suitability tests are planned to determine the logistics of positioning and installation of equipment in Croke Park as part of the ongoing feasibility study surrounding the possible use of this technology.

The GAA have been keen to stress that the technology will not form part of the match-day or score-keeping apparatus and will not be used by the match referee or his assistants.


Hawk-Eye have already conducted some testing in Croke Park, but not in a live match situation.

It is anticipated that the feasibility study will be completed by May and a decision on whether or not to continue the process of introducing the technology, even on a trial basis, will be taken then.

The use of score detection technology would require a rule change if it was to be introduced in the future. The 2012 Congress is the mostly likely forum for such a motion.

The main issues that surround the use of the technology are: whether it works; whether it can be introduced at all championship venues and cost.

Last year, the GAA decided that the introduction of clocks at all championship venues was too costly at around €250,000. Other sports have had the technology sponsored; for example, Rolex who are associated with Wimbledon.

Irish Independent

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