Wednesday 17 January 2018

GAA put 'hooters' motion on back burner

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The prospect of countdown clocks and hooters concluding inter-county GAA games became more remote over the weekend when it emerged that the logistics and cost of strictly adhering to the motion passed at Congress last April would be too great.

Central Council has decided to revisit the motion and perhaps tighten its demands next April. But it will leave its Wexford proposers disappointed after the motion was passed in Down earlier this year.

Meath also submitted a motion to Congress on timekeeping after their 2009 Leinster quarter-final against Dublin -- which they lost 0-14 to 0-12 -- didn't, in their estimation, contain sufficient added time.

An explorative Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) report into the installation of the clocks at all inter-county grounds reached the conclusion it would cost in the region of €250,000.

The motion called for all inter-county games to be timed by the clock and not the referee in charge.


It asked that the clock/hooter system be introduced to signal the conclusion of a game following the notification by the fourth official, or other designated person, of the finishing time to include added time to be played.

"This procedure is (to) be initially introduced in 2011 on a trial basis for all senior inter-county league games in all divisions in both hurling and football and, if successful, it is also (to) be implemented for all inter-county championship games in both codes in 2012."

However, it was deemed impractical by Central Council, on foot of the CCCC report, to have the system in place by next February.

"If you were to adhere strictly to the motion, on some weekends there could be 33 inter-county league matches, all at different venues.

"That makes it very difficult," said one GAA source.

Countdown clocks are used by the ladies football association where possible and they will also be in operation to time the quarters in the forthcoming latest installment of the International Rules series against Australia.

Irish Independent

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