Sport Hurling

Wednesday 21 February 2018

GAA Confidential: 'Extra' delay is spanner in the works

ARMCHAIR supporters and RTE were delighted with the Munster Council's co-operation in delaying the start of Sunday's Cork-Tipperary game by 15 minutes so that live TV coverage of extra-time in the Donegal-Down football clash could continue, thus ensuring the public saw all of both ties.

Spectators at Pairc Ui Chaoimh were not so happy as they stood in the light rain (presumably the game would still have been delayed if it were coming down in torrents) and it wasn't exactly what the players wanted either.

In fairness, it's a tricky situation which has developed since the introduction of extra-time in early-round championship games. It means that when the first live game goes to extra-time, the second one has to be delayed so both games can be shown in full.

It's understandable from a TV perspective but, effectively, gives preference to the stay-at-home fans rather than those who travel. It also disrupts players.

Okay, so it won't happen very often but it's not a satisfactory situation.

McKeegan rant way off the mark

Calm down, Karl, we actually think that all hurling people were delighted to see Antrim do so well against Offaly last Sunday.

Antrim attacker Karl McKeegan was quoted during the week as saying that everybody had written them off and added: "People are trying to knock us and say we shouldn't be in there (Leinster)." And who exactly are those people? Scarcely Leinster, who invited Antrim into the championship. Scarcely Munster, who supported it, and scarcely Galway, who joined Antrim in Leinster. And who are the people who Karl claims "have been writing off" manager Dinny Cahill?

Well done to Antrim on a really good performance and now hopefully they'll react better to the qualifiers than last year, when some players missed the game with Laois due to holidays. Incidentally, the two Leinster SH semi-finals will be played as a double-header at Croke Park on June 20.

Wexford take trip down memory lane

The clock will be wound back by no less than 100 years in Wexford on Sunday, with a re-enactment of the 1910 All-Ireland hurling final in which Wexford (represented by Castlebridge) beat Limerick (Castleconnell) by 7-0 to 6-2 to win the county's first All-Ireland SH title.

The action takes place in Hollymount, Castlebridge, with Bold Shelmaliers taking on Blackwater. The sides will be using 1910 gear and playing under 1910 rules.

Teams will be 17-a-side and among the guests in action will be Damien Fitzhenry, Tom Dempsey, George O'Connor, Billy Byrne and Ger Cushe (did those boys not actually play in 1910??).

Presumably, the game won't have a similar aftermath to 1910, when Limerick objected to the result on the basis of a disallowed goal, but Central Council rejected their case. Then, as now, it seems there were controversial decisions by officials. No doubt it will be the same in 2110.

Irish Independent

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