Hurling and camogie

GAA set to introduce yellow 'smart' sliotar for 2020 Championship

Donal Óg Cusack has long called for the introduction of a yellow sliotar in hurling
Padraig O Meiscill

TWO-TIME Allstar Donal Óg Cusack is set to get his way as the GAA are to officially approve the use of a yellow sliotar at Central Council next month.

Former Cork goalkeeper Cusack has repeatedly called for the introduction of a yellow sliotar in hurling to make it easier to identify the flight of the ball, particularly in relation to uncertain scores.

Now, it appears the association is to replace the traditional white sliotar with a yellow 'smart' ball ahead of next year's Championship. The new sliotar will incorporate a microchip in its core and has passed a series of tests, bringing an end to a process that began eight years ago. The last two Fenway Classics in the United States have trialled a yellow sliotar with apparent success.

“The ball is the wrong colour... it needs to be a ball that can be seen,” said Cusack on RTÉ following a controversial score in this year's National Hurling League.

“The change can't come soon enough to give everyone that bit of help they need, umpires included. Tennis used to have a white ball and they changed for really good reasons, some of those being TV.

"We see now the demographic in Ireland is changing. If someone is watching the game on television and they can't follow the sliotar it's a turn off straight away, whereas a luminous ball is much easier to see and it's scientifically proven that your eye will react faster to it," the Cork man added at the time.

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