First female Gaelic Games organisation to use point technology system
Cork aiming to match Dublin’s All-Ireland record
The Camogie Association have confirmed that Hawk-Eye will be in use for the upcoming Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Finals on Sunday September 13th in Croke Park.
The Camogie Association is the first female Gaelic Games organisation to use the point technology system as announced at the Liberty Insurance Camogie Finals Captains’ Day (Thursday, September 3rd).
Ashling Thompson of defending Senior champions Cork, Galway Senior captain Niamh Kilkenny, Waterford’s Caithríona McGlone, Kildare’s Susie O’Carroll (Intermediate Finalists), Premier Junior finalists, Siobhán Coyle of Roscommon and Niamh Dollard of Laois, joined with Catherine Neary, President of the Camogie Association and John Coffey, Sponsorship and PR Manager of Liberty Insurance in Croke Park ahead of the finals.
Hawk-Eye provides real-time imagery on the stadium’s big screen of a ball’s trajectory over the posts, to remove any ambiguity over whether a point was scored or missed. It detects points only using eight high speed cameras with both ball and posts tracked in real time. The system will also provide data on the fastest ball speed in each half of the game. A motion to use the system was approved at the Association’s Congress in March.
Hawk-Eye was first activated at the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship quarter-finals double header on June 1st 2013 and was trialled for 14 months prior to coming into use.
Speaking about the use of Hawk-Eye Camogie Association President Catherine Neary said:
“The first use of Hawk-Eye by the Camogie Association will be during the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Finals this coming Sunday (September 13th). We will be the first female Gaelic Games code to avail of this technology to verify scores.
Aside from adjudicating on scores, the information gathered by Hawk-Eye from the Camogie finals provides useful data on the games. This includes measuring the speed of the ball and identifying the dominant areas of play on the field through identifying where the ball is mostly hit from. It is an exciting element to add to our All-Ireland finals and the data collected will prove valuable from a coaching and games point of view and also an enhanced spectator experience.”
John Coffey, Sponsorship and PR Manager, Liberty Insurance said:
"We’re very excited at the introduction of Hawk-Eye for the Camogie Finals. Liberty Insurance Ball Speed will track the speed of the sliotar via Hawk-Eye and will be communicated live on the Big Screen at half-time and full-time of the Finals, in addition to our social media channels.
We would also encourage everyone to pledge their support to bring their daughters, granddaughters, nieces, or sisters to the Finals on September 13th using the hashtag #supporthersport.”
In this year’s senior championship Cork are bidding for their second title in a-row and 26th overall which would equal the record of Dublin in the All-Ireland Senior championship roll of honour. The Munster side, face a Galway team who have beaten them twice this season, in the Irish Daily Star National League Division One Final in May and in the opening round of the Liberty Insurance Senior championship on June 20th.
The upcoming triple header finals on Sunday September 13th, sees four of the six teams aiming to collect their first national championship title as Waterford and Kildare will be hoping to win their first All-Ireland Intermediate crown. Laois, who lost out in the 2013 and 2014 Premier Junior deciders, will be aiming to avenge those defeats against a Roscommon side, whose last All-Ireland final appearance was in 1996.
The upcoming finals represent another great opportunity for schools, clubs and counties to get involved on the day by bringing a banner to Croke Park. The best banner (judged on the day) will win a prize of €1,000 courtesy of championship sponsors Liberty Insurance, for their nominated club. Full details are available on www.camogie.ie in addition to match information and ticket prices.
Camogie clubs nationwide and Gaelic Games fans are also encouraged to get on their bike and come to Croke Park as part of the European Week of Sport by taking part in the Great Dublin Bike Ride. The initiative is one of the flagship events of the EU Week of Sport (Sept 7th to 13th).The bike ride, which commences in Smithfield, is open to those over the age of 16, with participants invited to take part in either a 60km or 100km route. Fans are encouraged to register for the event which starts at 8.00am and attend the finals post-race. Full details are available on www.greatdublinbikeride.ie
For further information:
Claire Egan, Communications & Marketing Director, The Camogie Association, 01 865 8618, 087 9030 755 Email: Claire@camogie.ie
Notes to the Editor:
Photographs from the 2015 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Finals Captains’ Day are available FOC from Inpho Photography.
2015 Championship finalists and captains: Ashling Thompson, Cork, Niamh Kilkenny, Galway, Caithríona McGlone, Waterford, Susie O’Carroll, Kildare, Niamh Dollard, Laois, Siobhán Coyle, Roscommon.
Hawk-Eye Technology system points of information:
The system will come into play when an umpire makes a “box” signal with their hands to indicate to the referee that a request for Hawk-Eye is being sought. The referee seeks a Hawk-Eye review via the communication system and makes a “box” signal with their hands. The Hawk-Eye replay is shown on the Big Screen. The referee confirms Hawk-Eye decision and indicates and awards either a “point” or a miss i.e. a wide or a ‘45/65’. Umpire signals the decision. The decision will be communicated in virtual reality replay of point, on the big screen and on TV.
If an umpire does not make a decision on whether a point has been awarded and play continues, then a review official will communicate to the referee that a Hawk-Eye review is necessary.
If an umpire makes an incorrect decision (point or wide), the review official communicates to the referee that a Hawk-Eye review is necessary.
If the Big Screen is unavailable all decisions will be announced to spectators via the PA system. If for any reason, the Hawk-Eye result is unavailable, the final decision of “point” or “wide” will be made by the match officials and an appropriate graphic indicating the same will be shown on the big screen.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Finals, Sunday September 13th
Senior: Cork v Galway, 4.00pm, Croke Park, Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)
*Live on RTÉ The Sunday Game
Intermediate: Kildare v Waterford, Croke Park, Referee: Jenny Byrne (Dublin)
*Live on RTÉ The Sunday Game
Premier Junior: Laois v Roscommon, Croke Park, Referee: Gráinne Coulter (Down)
*Highlights on RTÉ The Sunday Game (9.30pm, Sunday Sept 13th)
Adults: €25 if purchased in advance: €30 if purchased on match day
Students & OAPs (purchase Adult tickets and get a refund of €10 with valid ID on match day); €15 if purchased in advance; €20 if purchased on match day; Juveniles – €5
These tickets can be purchased via www.tickets.ie or in selected SuperValu & Centra outlets nationwide.
There are also the following group tickets available which can be purchased by completing this group ticket application form and e-mailing it to email@example.com before Wednesday September 9th.
Juvenile Group – 10 for €50 + 1 Adult Free; Adult Group – 15 Adults for €225 (option of 20 extra @ €15 each); A €50 Club Levy credit is also available to all registered clubs which can be accessed through the above group ticket application
Please note that Cairde Camogie tickets are valid as well for the Finals