Geraghty cited but set to playin Test

GRAHAM Geraghty is expected to play in the second International Rules Series Test in Croke Park on Sunday (2pm).

The former Meath captain is to appear before a disciplinary tribunal in Dublin this evening after having been cited over an incident in the third quarter of last weekend’s first test in Galway.

But the nature of the office is claimed to be trivial by GAA sources.

Geraghty was cited by AFL Control Committee representative Kevin Sheehan for ‘engaging in rough play’ against Australian player Lindsay Gilbee.

Irish manager Sean Boylan, who is expected to accompany his former captain at the hearing, expressed his annoyance over the delay in the citing being made.

Both associations operate separate committees to oversee discipline and investigations are carried out by a three-man tribunal, which unlike the AFL system, does not include legal representatives.

The tribunal comprises one representative of the visiting team and two ‘home’ representatives.

On the Irish side, it’s being suggested that the incident would not have merited a yellow card under GAA rules.

Meanwhile GAA bosses hope for better entertainment and higher scoring in Sunday’s International Rules Series decider at Croke Park.

However, Director-General Liam Mulvihill maintains that it’s illogical to condemn the game merely because the opening test in Pearse Stadium hadn’t lived up to public expectations.

“We have often had games in our own code and they wouldn’t be exciting, but you don’t start challenging the whole basis of the rules or the game just because of that.

“People shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions like that because there was ‘no life’ in the game.’’

Agreeing that it was low-scoring and lacking in atmosphere for long periods, he said it didn’t make sense to ‘jump to any conclusions.’

“The most significant aspect of it was that the teams were very evenly matched. The game went right down to the wire and that it was there for the taking right up to the last 30 seconds.

“To us, it was essential that it was played in a sporting manner and for people to be suggesting that it was lacking in life as a result of that is a bit ridiculous. The two teams went out wanting to win.

“There was evidence of that at the end of the game, with a lot of the (Irish) players suffering from bruises and the effects of the tough game.

“And I know that the Australians were no different.

“Certainly there was nothing soft in the game. The rain beforehand and the fact of playing a night game and having a heavy dew meant that the grass was very wet. Both teams found it hard to control the ball.”

His wish for Sunday’s game it that it will be again ‘well-contested’ and higher-scoring.

“Ideally you’d like to see more scores. The crowd come to see the scores. The scoring was relatively low in comparison with most of the international games, which generally take 65/70 points to win.

“I’d like to see more scores and there’s no doubt that the goals liven up the crowd and get everyone involved.’’

lThe aggregate score (88 points) was the fourth lowest in the history of the series. In the opening test (of three) in Australia in 1986, Ireland won 55/32 (87), two years earlier in Croke Park the countries played a 42-each draw (84) and in 1990 (in Canberra), Ireland won 52/31 (83).

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