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Hawk-Eye error 'traumatic' for Limerick players, says manager Jerry Wallace

Updated: Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 20:11 | Comments

Tom Morrissey and Darragh O'Donoghue in action in the minor semi-final
Tom Morrissey and Darragh O'Donoghue in action in the minor semi-final

Limerick minor hurling manager Jerry Wallace says the effects of the Hawk-Eye error and the ensuing controversy have had a traumatic effect on his players.

Wallace, a former Antrim senior manager and trainer of both Limerick and Cork senior hurling teams, told RTÉ Sport that he believes Hawk-Eye is a failure.

Wallace was speaking following a meeting on Wednesday night where team management and county board officials explained to the players and their parents the basis for the official protest lodged with Croke Park, and how they plan to proceed.

“The mood is traumatic amongst the players, their parents and anyone involved in Limerick minor hurling”, Wallace said.

“The players have had to contend with playing an All-Ireland minor semi-final, having to receive their Leaving Cert results and have had to deal with CAO points that place them in college. To be honest it’s traumatic here and we are dealing with a traumatic situation.”

"It has let players down and it has let managers down. It has failed." - Jerry Wallace

“My view is that Hawk-Eye, at this moment in time, has let the association down. It has let players down and it has let managers down. It has failed.”

Wallace acknowledged that the introduction of the score detection system had received overwhelming support at GAA Congress last year, but now questions the basis on which delegates were convinced of the merits of the technology.

“We are all aware of (the support) but what was (the Hawk-Eye technology) sold on? Was it sold on the basis that it was infallible, that it could not make a mistake? Well we are now dealing with the reality of its mistake. It did not award a point to the Limerick minors who should have won that game.”

“Not alone do we not have confidence in Hawk-Eye at this stage, but how could Davy Fitzgerald and Jimmy Barry Murphy have confidence in a system that has proved to be not as infallible as it was claimed to be.”

Wallace was adamant that Limerick would pursue their protest as far as possible, and that the Limerick minors would be returning to training in preparation for a re-entry to the Championship.

“At this stage the management and the executive of Limerick Hurling are prepared to go as far as we possibly can. Whatever has to be done will be done. The (appeal) process is ongoing and we will resume training with the players on Saturday morning.”

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