Sunday 18 March 2018

Hawk blown off course

John Greene

John Greene

It should not have come as any great surprise that Hawk-Eye has struggled to come to terms with Gaelic games, because it is ill-equipped to deal with the peculiarities of football and hurling.

Trials have seen two recurring problems: it is taking over 20 seconds to communicate a decision to referees, and goalposts swaying in the wind is disrupting readings.

Unlike in cricket, tennis, or even soccer, there has yet to be a convincing argument put forward on the benefits of Hawk-Eye to the GAA. Its sole function is to determine if there is a score or not, but in football and hurling this is rarely in dispute; what is normally more contentious is some passage of play leading up to the score. That is not Hawk-Eye's domain.

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