Tohill blasts IRS official
12 December 2011
Ireland manager Anthony Tohill
Ireland manager Anthony Tohill was unhappy with the display of one of the match officials in the second Test of this year's International Rules series against Australia.
Ray Chamberlain, who is regarded as an esteemed Australian Rules' umpire Down Under, and renowned Meath referee David Coldrick oversaw the Tests in Melbourne and the Gold Coast, which Ireland won 130-65 on aggregate, and their performances received no negative media attention.
However, Tohill's report on the 2011 International Rules tour, which was presented to GAA Central Council delegates at the weekend, criticised "that one match official was intent on trying to reduce the lead that Ireland had built up".
The former All Star midfielder also felt that the rules of the series weren't enforced strictly enough.
"It is recognised that refereeing at any level is a difficult and thankless job and if anything refereeing International Rules is much tougher than refereeing in GAA or AFL," wrote the Derry man.
"This job is not helped if the attitude of players and management is not within the spirit and rules of the game. The second Test threatened to get out of control and there was genuine concern for the safety of our players and the future of the Series.
"There are sufficient provisions within the rules to take action to ensure that the game is played in the right spirit and these need to be enforced. There were a number of incidents during the second Test where the referees made incorrect decisions.
"Recourse to the video match official, in line with the provisions of the rules, could have resulted in better officiating of the game."
Tohill was also critical of the club v country row which hung over his panel in the build up to and during the series.
"The most difficult aspect of preparing the team prior to departure was the availability of players due to club commitments," he added.
"Despite commencing collective training two weeks later than 2010, this remained a very difficult situation to manage. The week prior to departure was a difficult period for both management and players. The uncertainty over player availability due to club matches was most unfortunate."