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Moore: Technology could aid hurling referees

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 23:03 | Comments

Cathal Moore has called for a  separate committee to assist top referees like James Owens
Cathal Moore has called for a separate committee to assist top referees like James Owens

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Over the last few days, much has been said and written about hurling following comments made by Brian Cody regarding the physicality of the game.

Cody came out and supported the views of another Kilkenny Eddie Keher that cards should not be used in hurling.

Keher talked about unfair sanctions due to fouls by players "full of honest endeavour" and its negative impact on matches.

At the launch of the Allianz Hurling League, GAA President Liam O'Neill, when asked for his opinion, outlined his commitment to have a full and frank discussion on the current state of the game. Such a debate, he added, would not just be confined to the media.

However, there are those who would state that there is no requirement for such an assessment.

What is wrong with the game? If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

2013, in the minds of nearly all observers, delivered a glorious championship. Clare were worthy All-Ireland winners and brought the game to a new level.

Kilkenny and Tipperary played out All-Ireland deciders in 2009 and '10 that were gripping from start to finish.

Cast your mind a few years to 2005 and the Cats' epic tussle with Galway in the All-Ireland semi.

Who remembers that classic Munster final in 2004 between Cork and Waterford?  

As a sporting drama, hurling more often than not delivers a high-octane spectacle.

Former Galway player Cathal Moore is not in favour of tampering too much with disciplinary measures, but would like to see technology that would help officials deal with controversial issues.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "I would have to say that the black card seems to have improved the scoring rate in football. People would then conclude that such a card could benefit hurling - but I don't think so. 

"I think the biggest gripe that the hurling fraternity would have is that the game does not have a separate referees committee. It's an area that needs to be looked at.  

"We did have a couple of red cards last year that were eventually rescinded. The sending off of Dublin's Ryan O'Dwyer (in the All-Ireland semi-final v Cork) was a game-changing decision.

"If something like that happens, perhaps we should stop the game for 30 seconds, while it's checked 'upstairs' in the same way Hawkeye checks the scores.

"The technology is there - why not take advantage of it." 

"I think the biggest gripe that the hurling fraternity would have is that the game does not have a separate referees committee"

Moore agrees with Liam O'Neill that any debate on hurling's future should not solely take place in the media.

"I think Liam O'Neill's approach is right. The GAA is a very democratic organisation. Sometimes it's criticised for being too democratic and it take so long for decisions to be made. 

"However in saying that when you look back at last year's championship I don't think anyone could say there's a lot wrong with the game at the moment."  

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