Saturday 21 April 2018

Congress to clear way for Hawk-Eye

Hawk-Eye technology will become an official part of Gaelic games for the Kildare-Offaly Leinster football quarter-final on June 1.

That game is the curtain-raiser for another quarter-final involving Dublin against the winners of Carlow and Westmeath. It had been anticipated that the technology, which the GAA have been testing for over 12 months now, would be in official use for the All-Ireland club finals on St Patrick's Day.

However, a motion to Congress next month should finally clear the way for the score detection technology to be introduced.

The technology was cleared for a two-year trial by Central Council in August 2011 but there were technical hitches throughout last summer's period of testing.

These have now been overcome to the satisfaction of the GAA, however, and a motion next month will seek to write it officially into rule for two years.

The GAA are also confident that a sponsor will be secured in advance of June 1 to help set aside some of the costs associated with it.

Furlong return lifts blunted Wicklow

WICKLOW'S footballers have received a major boost with the return to training of forward ace Seanie Furlong.

Furlong played a key role in their Division 4 final victory over Fermanagh last year but had not rejoined the county panel this season.

With Leighton Glynn injured (leg) and Tony Hannon retired, that left the Garden County without its top three marksmen, and that was reflected in heavy defeats by Fermanagh and Meath already this season.

But Furlong and Kiltegan clubmate Jacko Dalton (who was previously unable to commit due to work commitments) have now re-joined the county panel and are back in training.

Mulkerrins keeps up success story

Galway's Martin Mulkerrins bolstered his reputation as one of the rising stars of world handball when he retained his USHA Collegiate Open Singles title in Tucson, Arizona last Sunday.

The 20-year-old right-hander, representing UCD, saw off Mexican Daniel Cordova in straight games with an emphatic display.

He will have no time to rest on his laurels, however, as he faces Cavan's Michael Finnegan in the O'Neill's All-Ireland 40x20 Senior Singles round of 16 tomorrow night.

Mulkerrins' rival for the title of best young player in the sport, Cork's Killian Carroll, suffered a setback when he was surprisingly beaten by Dominick Lynch in their All-Ireland round of 16 clash in Cappagh, Co Limerick last Saturday.

Meanwhile, world champion Paul Brady – gunning for a ninth straight title – eased past Cork's Brendan Fleming 21-9, 21-3 while No 2 seed Robbie McCarthy (Westmeath) easily saw off Wicklow's Johnny Willoughby.

Irish Independent

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