Wednesday 21 February 2018

Spot-on Hawk-Eye makes winning impression

A 'miss' is displayed on the big screen following a decision made as a result of the Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd cameras
A 'miss' is displayed on the big screen following a decision made as a result of the Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd cameras
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The correct judgment on two shots during Saturday's hurling final triple-header has been hailed as an instant success for Hawk-Eye technology on only its second day of action in Croke Park.

Hurling had its first taste of Hawk-Eye for Saturday's Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher finals and it came up trumps, with two decisions overturned.

However, it was the Hawk-Eye official present and not the officials on the ground who raised the alarm – and that is something which National Referees' chairman Pat McEnaney wants to see changing.

"In both cases on Saturday it was the Hawk-Eye official who alerted the official to it," said McEnaney. "We would obviously prefer if it was the other way around."

The pathway of a shot can be detected as it goes past the post, alerting the official in the box whether it has been a score or a miss.

The delay is in communication between officials in the box and officials on the ground.

A Warwickshire 'point' from a '65' was first overruled in the Lory Meagher Cup final against Longford before a Kerry wide was overturned with the benefit of technology. But the successful detection underlined just how common incorrect calls may be and will help to justify the heavy initial outlay.

Former referees Willie Barrett and Dickie Murphy will share detection duties for hurling matches, while McEnaney and Noel O'Donoghue will oversee football matches in Croke Park.

Meanwhile, Wexford can face no censure for the scale of the changes they made to their team ahead of Saturday night's draw with Dublin in the Leinster hurling championship.

Seven changes in personnel from the team announced during the week were made by manager Liam Dunne. Even the team announced over the public address system beforehand was different to the one that started.

But there are no rules governing team announcements once players are wearing the correct numbers in accordance with the list handed to the officials beforehand.

Irish Independent

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