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James Owens

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Replying To KK4Life:  "Hey that was my idea. I had this debate with you on a different thread. At least I have convinced you though.

I'm in agreement with you."
I just wonder if that argument was with me or some other LK poster. Anyway thanks for the reply and the concurring view

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 2391 - 08/08/2019 22:01:36    2222845

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "With the rivalry between Wexford and KK there's not much chance he's going to be biased towards KK anyway! Typically that would be on the same level as a Meath fan wanting to see Dublin win in football or a Spurs fan hoping for Arsenal to win a big game!"
I honestly believe that a ref from Tipp or Kilkenny was selected he should be trusted not to be biased. If he came from Mars some will accuse him of bias anyway. The stuck in the sand attitudes towards drastically changing officiating methods to suit the game as played today is what makes them vulnerable.
It is o.k. to point out and question when the referee does not apply a rule as written. Like hitting or attempting to hit with the stick. Many other calls can be subjective. An example is steps. Sometimes the player is tugged back after 4 steps and the ref allows another 4 because of this. It is called advantage.
Anyways I am rooting for Kilkenny, Tipp, hurling and James Owen.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 774 - 08/08/2019 22:25:29    2222865

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Tough job. I wouldn't do it.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 902 - 08/08/2019 22:55:16    2222875

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Replying To Viking66:  "Tough job. I wouldn't do it."
Yes and those co-commentators and analysts need to settle down. Shooting their mouth off from behind the microphone is easy. Take the whistle just for one important game and see how that goes.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 774 - 09/08/2019 17:27:33    2223131

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Replying To Viking66:  "Tough job. I wouldn't do it."
Yes and those co-commentators and analysts need to settle down. Shooting their mouth off from behind the microphone is easy. Take the whistle just for one important game and see how that goes.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 774 - 09/08/2019 17:39:30    2223136

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why not pass the whistle to Connacht/Ulster? time for change

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts: 1022 - 09/08/2019 18:47:08    2223159

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Best of luck to him.

ballydalane (Kilkenny) - Posts: 1085 - 09/08/2019 23:29:49    2223245

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Replying To maroondiesel:  "why not pass the whistle to Connacht/Ulster? time for change"
Well tbh I dont think Connacht/Ulster are producing them, and if they are ,they are not making it through to the top level. Afaik Alan Kelly is the only referee from Connacht/Ulster refereeing hurling matches at the top level and he is not everyone's cup of tea either. He will probably get the big job in a year or 2 if Galway dont make the final. Not surprised though that he didnt get it this year.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1355 - 09/08/2019 23:56:47    2223248

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "Good luck indeed, he will be blamed regardless for costing a team the All-Ireland and no doubt will be riding KK and the boo boys will be out in force as usual!"
I wouldn't say that after previous Tipp Kilkenny games he managed. A league final in Thurles immediately springs to mind.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts: 2513 - 12/08/2019 23:38:43    2224968

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Replying To maroondiesel:  "why not pass the whistle to Connacht/Ulster? time for change"
The referees aren't good enough.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts: 2513 - 12/08/2019 23:42:01    2224970

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I'd like to see Keenan from Wicklow refereeing a final in the coming years. I think he has improved so much over the last couple of years. HQ might have felt that he isn't ready just yet. James Owens is probably the best referee at the minute.

Fergal Horgan is a good referee too, I know Waterford folk wouldn't be too keen on him. Paud O'Dwyer is average.

Alan Kelly, Johnny Ryan, Cleese, and both Cork referees are brutal.

As I have consistently posted on here for about 5 years now. I blame the GAA, I don't think the referees and their teams are being probably trained for the demands of inter county officiating.

Killarney.87 (Tipperary) - Posts: 2513 - 12/08/2019 23:48:17    2224971

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