Sunday 25 March 2018

Black card would clean up hurling - McKaigue

McKaigue feels stricter punishment is needed. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
McKaigue feels stricter punishment is needed. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Despite measures being taken to stamp out instances in the GAA, cynicism is still prevalent in both codes and Slaughtneil dual star Karl McKaigue has called on hurling chiefs to follow their football counterparts by introducing the black card.

McKaigue's request comes on the back of Slaughtneil's All-Ireland club SHC semi-final defeat to Limerick's Na Piarsaigh last Saturday and two instances - one in either half - where he feels stricter punishment is needed to punish indiscretion.

Slaughtneil attacker Brendan Rodgers was dragged down en route to goal with Cormac O'Doherty smashing home the resultant penalty, while the attacker was later hauled down in rugby-style fashion by defender Niall Buckley when through on goal with the game in the balance.

O'Doherty tapped over the free but McKaigue feels the implementation of a black card may help deter such instances.

"You know, probably, he was also pulled down in the first half," McKaigue said when asked if a hurling black card is needed.

"We got a penalty and scored it, but it was by no means a gimme that Cormac (O'Doherty) was going to score the penalty.


"That one in the second half was just as blatant as you like. If it had have been a football game they would have been screaming and shouting for it. You do feel hard done by because if Brendan was by that man, he was going to bury it in the net, simple as.

"But you know, cynicism is always going to be in games. It probably is creeping into hurling a wee bit more than it has been before. Possibly it is something for the hierarchy to look at."

Elsewhere, Barry O'Driscoll has outlined how the Nemo Rangers contingent decided to prioritise club over county ahead of Saturday week's All-Ireland SFC semi-final with the Derry champions.

New Cork football boss Ronan McCarthy has been without the likes of Paul Kerrigan, Luke Connolly and O'Driscoll thus far this season and will miss the majority, and possibly all, of the Rebels' Division 2 FL campaign, but O'Driscoll is not sure whether completing the club programme within the calendar year is the solution either.

"The priority right now is the club championship and that's the focus. It was snuffed out early on and it wasn't let linger into January," he said.

"If it was to happen in a calendar year when are you playing in the (All-Ireland) club final? Probably when the pitches are at their worst. It would obviously make more sense because we'll be two months into the new year before we play the semi-final, which doesn't make all the sense in the world but it's just the way it is."

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