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All-Ireland Winning Hurling Manager Wants The GAA To Follow Rugby's Lead

All-Ireland Winning Hurling Manager Wants The GAA To Follow Rugby's Lead
By Conor Neville
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The list of proposed reforms to the way Gaelic football and hurling are played grows ever longer. A new reform is being pushed on a daily basis at this stage. In the future, the game will truly be unrecognisable.

The 2004 All-Ireland winning manager Donal O'Grady is looking to the oval game and wants the GAA to introduce a TMO for televised matches. 

In his Irish Examiner column today, he leaned on a rather curious example to bolster his argument that the GAA requires television match officials.

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He referred to the confusion surrounding a Colin Dunford score for Waterford in the League game in Pairc Ui Rinn.

The scoreboard operators missed the score after being distracted by an injury to Aidan Walsh in the lead-up. Confusion reigned in the stand.

The GAA should sanction the appointment of Television Match Officials immediately.

In Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night confusion reigned at times. Aidan Walsh went down injured and a point, scored by Waterford’s Colin Dunford went unrecorded on the scoreboard for quite some time, while doubts surrounded other scores...

All a referee would need is someone he trusts acting as TMO. If the situation regarding penalties and the ‘20 second’ substitute rule could be changed without firstly going to Congress why can’t a TMO be appointed immediately for all televised games?

TMO's have introduced an element of stop-start into the proceedings in rugby. Whether this be acceptable to the hurling fanbase is open to argument. We suspect the GAA may decide that the presence of hawkeye in Croke Park may represent quite enough change for the time being.

Read the article here.

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