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Mickey Harte Flags The Crafty Hill 16 Trick He Wants To See Ended

Mickey Harte Flags The Crafty Hill 16 Trick He Wants To See Ended
By Gavin Cooney Updated
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After a relatively entertaining championship thus far, we have the four semi-finalists we expected. Mayo/Kerry is centre-stage this weekend, with Tyrone and Dublin slated to joust at HQ next weekend.

Although most of the attention this week has been focused squarely on Mayo/Kerry, Mickey Harte held a media night last night looking ahead to his side's first All-Ireland semi-final since 2015. The Tyrone boss is expecting to see Diarmuid Connolly at some stage, in spite of Jim Gavin's being characteristically coy on his possible selection.

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Harte also addressed the influence of Hill 16, and while he spoke of it as a positive - saying that they seemed to suck over a few points for the Dubs against Tyrone in 2005 - but also flagged an incident which he hopes will either not happen on Sunday week, or is at least ensuring his players get the message to ignore it.

I would say one important thing, and this goes back to a game against Dublin...

At a very important time in that game we put a wonderful ball into Martin Penrose - and there was a whistle blown from the Hill. He just paused for that split-second and he lost that opportunity of a clear-cut goal.

I haven't heard it much this year, I hope it doesn't come back again.That wouldn't be a good thing to happen, I hope it doesn't happen, but we have to be very aware of the possibility of that.

Mickey Harte: the whistleblower on, er, whistleblowing.

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Read all of Harte's comments on The Irish News' website.

See Also: Kerry Make Three Changes For Mayo Semi-Final

 

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