Yeah I'm the Hawkeye official in the
the All-Ireland Club hurling final today and I regard Hawkeye as a support for the umpires.
If you look at it particularly in hurling if you look at
the number of decisions that umpires have to make in the course of any one
game it would exceed 50 when you think about scores, wides, '65s, etc. The
number of occasions that they have to look for Hawkeye or Hawkeye is called
are very few and far between less than 1% in fact which is a great
reflection on the standard of umpiring. But the Hawkeye acts as a support for
the umpires it applies only to points nothing to do with goals whatsoever. It
determines if the ball has been a hundred per cent inside the post and it's
applied in two ways. The first way is if the umpires are unsure whether the
ball had gone between the posts are not they can call through the referee for
Hawkeye to make a decision for them. Or if Hawkeye discovers that the umpire has
made an incorrect decision, signalled a wide when the ball is over the bar or a
point when the ball has actually been wide, again, through the referee,
we get that corrected. It's actually a back up system to ensure that
the umpires get all their decisions 100% correct. Where the ball
has gone high over the top of the post. this is one that causes a little bit of
controversy. The rule clearly states the ball must be 100% between the posts and
if it goes over the top of the post or through the projected post it's
not a hundred percent inside the post so therefore it's called as a Níl or a
Miss. Those raise eyebrows on occasions and is something that the public
are generally not aware of, that the ball must be 100 per cent between the posts
My first order of business would be to go to the
referees dressing-room and talk to the referee and the umpires.
They're experienced umpires with an experienced referee for a Final day,
but you just talk them through it again and impress upon them the need to signal to the referee
if they need Hawkeye and go through the signalling system.
And also also to impress upon them that if there's any doubt in their
minds about whether the ball had been between the posts or not to refer to
Hawkeye. It's there as a support for them it's not there to catch them out
They are far better off referring back to Hawkeye rather than guessing and getting it wrong
then they're embarrassed if they have to be over-ruled. We're based in the
communications department up under the main scoreboard at the Hill 16 end.
There are normally two Hawkeye officials present who look after
the technical end of the system. We review every ball that's near the posts
be it a metre or two wide or between the posts. If there's any question at all
we refer back to the the referee. They will communicate and show me the video of the incident
and I will communicate with the referee if needs be.
It takes a few seconds but only a few seconds.
I'm Matt Allen from Hawkeye and I
operate the Hawkeye system here at Croke Park. This part of the system
is how we track the flight of the ball over the posts at each end. So we have
the far end and this close end. This is an example of cameras on either end.
We will track the flight of the ball when it comes into the picture of our set image
on the screen here and then this then creates the points on this.
So, for example, in the second game yesterday the ball
went over for a point it then creates a file.
You've probably seen this before on TV.
Then I co-ordinate with TV when to play in the replay and I'll play that animation
of the trajectory of the ball and I'll play that out
if the referee came to ask for Hawkeye's help.
Other times we come into play is if the referee or the line officials gave the wrong call.
With every point that comes through the system
we play it through and make sure it's correct and if it is incorrect I'll
speak with the Hawkeye official who then communicates with the field
and we'll get the play stopped and we'll get the correct decision played out to TV
and the crowd so everyone understands what's going on.
Noel it has been a quiet first half for you as Hawkeye official.
A bit busier for the referee and his fellow match officials on the pitch but you can't judge
on any of those decisions from your perch here?
Very true. I can hear everything that the referee is saying to the players and I can see every decision
that the referee has made but under no circumstances can I intervene
in any refereeing decision. We're confined entirely to decisions relating
to points and points only. We can't comment and don't comment on anything else during the course of the game.
Maher looking to score...
They're going to go to Hawkeye...Let's see. Is it in, is it out?
I think Hakeye is a great tool in the box for a referee, it's great for the umpires.
You know, the majority of calls for the umpires, they're confident in their call.
But in the tight calls everyone wants to get the decision right.
It's in sinc 2013, it's been a great aid, maybe it adds a bit of suspense to the games
as well. When there's a close call at the very end of the game
is it in, is it out, is it a point? Look, ultimately is about getting the decision right
and, you know, a point can be a key game decision.