Limerick to lodge appeal against result in wake of Hawk-Eye debacle
Company says that mistake arose as a result of ‘error in match-day set-up’
Hawk-Eye representatives have apologised for the error in last Sunday’s All-Ireland MHC semi-final and ascribed the mistake to an “error in match-day set-up”. Photograph: Inpho
A statement released by Hawk-Eye, the company behind the GAA’s malfunctioning score detection system, has ascribed the incorrect decision to disallow a point for the Limerick minors in the first minute of Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Galway to an “error in match-day set-up”.
Limerick eventually lost to Galway in extra time.
As a result of this error, Limerick announced last night that the county would be “lodging an appeal with the CCCC (Central Competition Control Committee) based on the failure of the Hawk Eye score detection system”. It goes on to state that: “In the interests of fairness to all involved we will be not be making any further comment until the full process has been determined.”
According to the Hawk-Eye release, “all of the settings were adjusted to cater for hurling, bar one value for the Hill 16 end posts, which was set for football.”
The impact of this arises because Hawk-Eye automatically disallows any score that hits the post, as its image generation can’t plot the trajectory of a rebound.
Between the posts
As it was reading the sliotar as a football, which is considerably larger, it deemed that the ball had hit the post and therefore declared the shot by Limerick’s Barry Nash a ‘miss’ even though the graphic clearly showed the shot passing between the posts.
According to Steve Carter, the MD of Hawk Eye Innovations, who met with the representatives of the GAA, “operational steps are being taken, under my personal supervision, to ensure there will be no repetition.” The company also apologised to “the GAA and its supporters and to reassure them that the system will be fully reliable for all future games”.
Speaking earlier yesterday about Limerick’s minor manager Brian Ryan’s immediate post-match comments that he would not be taking the matter any further, county secretary Mike O’Riordan said: “I’m not sure he was aware of the full facts”.
Eamonn Cregan, the former All-Ireland medallist and minor selector, said that the events had been an injustice. “It’s unfair for players and all of those involved that a perfectly good point was disallowed because of a computer error.”
On the question of Galway offering a re-fixture in the unusual circumstances, Pat Kearney, secretary of the county’s hurling committee, said before news of Limerick’s objection that the matter hadn’t been discussed. “As far as we’re concerned the game finished in Croke Park,” he said last night. “Once the referee makes a decision in relation to a score we accept that. There’s been no discussion about it at all.”