Gavin gets nod to referee All-Ireland final

For the second time in three years, Offaly’s Brian Gavin has been handed the role of officiating the All-Ireland final.

The Clara native has taken charge of a number of prominent Championship games this year already, including the Kilkenny-Tipperary qualifier, having officiated their 2011 decider.

He was also referee for Clare’s All-Ireland quarter-final win over Galway and the Limerick-Tipperary Munster semi-final but has yet to take charge of a Championship game involving Cork this summer.

Gavin, who also supervised the 2004 All-Ireland minor hurling final and 2006 U21 showdown, has earned plaudits from referees chief Pat McEnaney for his standard of refereeing this season.

Aghada’s Cathal McAllister has been appointed referee for the minor final between Galway and Waterford, his second decider at the level in four years. Gavin will be assisted by linesmen James McGrath, who will also be his standby referee, and Tipperary’s Johnny Ryan. McGrath’s presence on the line will raise an eyebrow or two in Cork after he sent off Patrick Horgan in the Munster final, a charge the Cork County Board succeeded in having rescinded.

Cork’s Colm Lyons will be the referee for the Clare-Antrim U21 All-Ireland final on September 14.

Meanwhile the Limerick County Board were last night in front of the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) in their latest attempt to contest the result of their All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway.

Last Thursday, the Central Competitions Control Committee deemed they were precluded from reconsidering the result because of rule 7.10 (n) of the Official Guide, even though Hawk-Eye had incorrectly adjudged Barry Nash’s shot to have gone wide. The teams finished level at full-time before Galway prevailed in extra-time. Limerick secretary Mike O’Riordan said they are prepared to go all the way with their case, with the Disputes Resolution Authority the next option should the CAC strike out their appeal.


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