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GAA Hooter Timing System to be Scrapped?

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Admin

According to Martin Breheny in the Irish Independent, the GAA’s Central Council is preparing to submit a motion to next month’s congress requesting that the rule requiring the hooter, which has been approved twice by previous sittings of congress, be deleted. The hooter is hooked up to a public clock and it sounds at the end of each half, taking this important job off the hands of an already busy referee. Apparently there are concerns about it being too difficult or expensive to implement at county grounds, which is a preposterous suggestion when we consider how many other sports use such a system.

If this is true, it will be a classic case of the defeatism and “it-will-never-happenism” that pervades the association. It is the kind of attitude that will surely be changed greatly if and when the sister sports of Ladies’ Gaelic football and Camogie ever come under the rubric of the GAA. Ladies’ football has used the hooter system for years without fuss. Maybe Central Council should consult the LGFA and find out how they did it rather than resorting to the standard GAA reaction of giving up before we even reach the first hurdle.

Making Room for GAA Club Games

Posted on January 21st, 2015 by Admin

Sean Moran, writing in the Irish Times, once had a colleague tell him that the GAA promoting high profile inter-county competitions at the expense of the club game would be “akin to borrowing hospital generators for a celebrity concert to raise funds for the sick.”

It would seem like the message has finally gotten through to senior management and a recommendation to condense the inter-county calendar to make a bit of room for club games may now be trialled for two years. It will be interesting to see if that is enough to make a difference or will there be calls for even more took to be made. Either way it is unlikely that there will be much of a scramble to reinstate the old calendar.

51 Years of Action Replays

Posted on January 19th, 2015 by Admin

Sportsjoe.ie is marking the passing away of a man called Tony Vera by reminding us of the sporting revolution that he started, the instant action replay:

“While working a game between Army and Navy in December 1963, Verna discovered a way to get the tape to replay the exact bit of footage he wanted. Instant replay was born.”

The piece goes on the chart the evolution of the instant replay, the graphics, bells and whistles that have been added, and how what started as a means of helping audiences to enjoy the game has evolved into a tool that helps officials to decide the outcome of games.