Monday 18 December 2017

Hawk-Eye technology not on Croker agenda this year -- Duffy

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

SCORE detection technology will not be introduced at any stage by the GAA unless it's feasible to install at all county grounds.

The GAA yesterday issued a statement stressing that it would not be trialled at Croke Park for the All-Ireland senior club finals on St Patrick's Day and also pointed out that it would not be used at any time this year.

As reported in December, the Management Committee has sanctioned a feasibility study on the use of Hawk-Eye technology which is expected to be completed by May. they will then discuss the findings, prior to deciding whether to bring it before Central Council for consideration.

Apart from the question of reliability, the issue of cost will be a major consideration for the GAA.


"If this type of technology was to be introduced, it couldn't apply at Croke Park alone. We couldn't have one set of rules for games at Croke Park and another for games elsewhere.

"There's also the matter of cost. Is it commercially viable to install it all over the country? These are the issues that have to be addressed, which is why we're undertaking the feasibility study," said GAA Director General Paraic Duffy.

The possible use of technology has moved up the agenda following some high-profile games where scores were awarded in error. Chief among those was Meath's match-winning goal in the Leinster football final against Louth, when video subsequently showed that Joe Sheridan carried the ball over the goal line.

Some points were awarded in hurling games which were subsequently shown to have been wide, adding to the clamour for the introduction of goal-line aids.

However, Duffy stressed that while the GAA were carrying out a feasibility study, they were still a long way from reaching a decision on using goal-line technology.

Irish Independent

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