Friday 17 November 2017

Hawk-Eye highlights worrying flaws

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

HAWK-EYE picked up two mistakes in detecting points/wides in its first official venture into hurling during the Ring/Rackard/Meagher Cup finals in Croke Park last Saturday.

Now, if two umpiring errors were detected in three games on the same day, how many mistakes have been made over the years or indeed over last year alone?

It took a total of 26 games to run off the 2012 senior hurling championships, so if Saturday's error count applied last year, up to 18 score-detection errors occurred.

Four games were won by one or two points, while the Galway-Kilkenny All-Ireland final was drawn, which raises the question: would there have been different results in some of those games if Hawk-Eye had been in operation?

And is the same thing happening in games outside of Croke Park this year? Interesting. It's also worrying.

Irish Independent

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