Semple next in line for introduction of Hawk-Eye
SEMPLE STADIUM could be the next GAA venue to have Hawk-Eye installed.
Director-general Paraic Duffy said introducing the score-detection system in Thurles would be the most likely progression once the two-year trial is completed at the end of this year.
The technology could be in place for major hurling games in 2015 and Duffy envisages a broader installation in other venues after that, despite the prohibitive cost.
"Ideally, the use of Hawk-Eye would be extended to all grounds where key games are played. Cost will prove an inhibiting factor in this, but the introduction of the system in a number of our major grounds over the next few years should be explored as a matter of urgency," he says.
Hawk-Eye is halfway through its two-year trial and, despite the glitch in the Galway-Limerick All-Ireland minor semi-final in August, Duffy has sounded a confident note on its future.
"There are obvious advantages to the use of Hawk-Eye. Decisions are relayed quickly, and the use of Hawk-Eye clearly appeals to our supporters," he says.
Duffy acknowledges that the Limerick minors were dealt an "injustice" and were entitled to bring their grievance through the relevant channels.
But he stressed that they did not lose the game because of the error, pointing out that the game went to extra-time, with Galway eventually winning by three points.
"Mistakes happen in games from time to time that effectively determine the outcome, usually through human error," he says.
"We need to accept and understand that this is a risk inherent in a sport officiated by human beings.
"If one were prepared to engage in sport only on the basis that every decision made could be guaranteed to be totally fair and equitable, it would be better to seek an alternative interest."
Duffy says that the Hawk-Eye company has given guarantees that what happened in the Limerick case - an incorrect entry of the codes to distinguish hurling from Gaelic football - would not be repeated.
"A number of changes were made arising from the Hawk-Eye report on the incident to ensure that there could not be a re-occurrence of the August incident," he adds.