Yellow sliotars set for use in championship
A luminous yellow sliotar could be used in next summer's All-Ireland SHC as Croke Park are considering making a permanent change from the traditional white model.
A prototype of the design was used in Fenway Park yesterday for the AIG Fenway hurling series.
According to the match programme, the ball is luminous yellow in colour in order "to maximise visibility," and also features red stitching around the rims.
Currently, the GAA license a number of different manufacturers but a variation in performance has prompted Croke Park to examine the possibility of standardising production from next year.
Croke Park's director of games development Pat Daly said recently that the GAA hoped to launch regulated sliotars in 2018 that will have a microchip built into the core.
And it is likely now that the standarised sliotars will be luminous yellow in colour, as per yesterday's three games in Fenway Park.
The balls for yesterday's games were produced by PDMR Ltd, a company based in Kilkenny.
Tipperary manager Michael Ryan, meanwhile, said he was supportive of the 11-a-side competition in the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox, despite the long season his players have been through with club and county.
"You're talking about quality opposition in a fabulous competition," he insisted.
"Our players are very busy, and we're very aware of that, they've a lot going on, but if you talk to them, they love competition and they love games.
"Now if you'd asked them to come out here to train you'd get a different answer, maybe, but they love games. This is novel, it tests the ability to adapt to different rules."
Clare co-manager Jerry O'Connor was broadly in agreement.
"There's a novelty factor involved," he said.
"Where else are we going to get the opportunity in the middle of winter to play on a really good pitch and to stay together as a group for four of five days?"