Saturday 24 February 2018

Ref gets with the programme

Players aren't the only ones to go through a rigorous fitness programme these days.

Reporters making their way around to the minor dressing-rooms after last Sunday's curtain-raiser between Dublin and Galway were greeted by the sight of a man, clad entirely in black, undergoing the most rigorous of warm-up routines in the bowels of the stadium.

Wearing one of those under-armour T-shirts and shorts, he was sprinting up and down the internal roadway under the Cusack Stand, doing high-leg sprints and stretching, like he was heading out to compete in the 100m.

Was this muscular athlete the Milk Tray Man? Or some kind of GAA superhero?

No, it was senior referee Maurice Deegan, getting himself ready for the Dubs and Donegal.

It may have been deemed the 'pukiest' football game of the season -- and involved some controversy when Diarmuid Connolly was sent off on the word of a linesman -- but we can certainly vouch that Deegan was fit enough to take it on.

Irish Independent

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