GAA receive full report on Hawkeye issues while Hurson is named as All-Ireland final referee

Referee Sean Hurson taking charge of Derry against Donegal during the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final at Clones on Sunday 29th May 2022. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Shaun Casey

The GAA have confirmed that a full report into the issues relating to problems with the score detection technology in use in Croke Park last weekend has been received from Hawkeye.

Following last week’s controversy in the All-Ireland semi-final between Galway and Derry, Hawkeye was one of the main topics of conversation. It ruled Shane Walsh’s 45 as a ‘Nil’ (wide) just before the half time whistle sounded.

Referee Brendan Cawley overturned the score detection technology and awarded Galway the point, tying the half time score at 0-4 apiece.

Hawkeye also saw a first half Conor Glass effort waved wide and wasn’t in use for the remainder of the game or for Sunday’s last four clash between Dublin and Kerry.

The GAA will complete full end to end testing of the system this week prior to the All-Ireland hurling finale between Kilkenny and Limerick which takes place on Sunday. A decision will be made later in the week whether Hawkeye will be in use or not.

Hawkeye also confirmed to the GAA that there have been no other historical issues with the system and the problems only arose on that specific occasion at the Hill 16 end goals.

The GAA is to undertake a full review of its own protocols relating to when and how the system should be stood down if similar challenges are to arise in the future.

In other news, Tyrone native Sean Hurson has been confirmed as the referee for the upcoming All-Ireland football final between Galway and Kerry.

The Galbally clubman has previously been the man in the middle for the 2018 Minor All-Ireland final, the All-Ireland U20 Football fnal in 2021 and the 2022 All Ireland Club Football final.

This will be the fifth championship game that Hurson has refereed this season, which included the Ulster final between Donegal and Derry.