Photo: The Score
As has already been mentioned in the comments, there’s a piece in The Score this morning in which Cork manager Brian Cuthbert stresses what an important role the ref will have on Sunday, where his team of ingenues are up against what he describes are our “extremely streetwise” bunch of hard chaws. While claiming that “I wouldn’t want to paint our fellas as naive young fellas” the Rebels’ boss more or less does that in what he says while also inferring that our lads will need extra watching.
Delivering public messages about how an upcoming match should be reffed is nothing new – our own man has dipped his toe in this particular water more than once – but this effort by the Corkman is one of the more transparent, and downright stupid, efforts I’ve seen in this vein. It’d be one thing if our lads had a reputation for constantly playing on the edge as well as an established track record of getting away with it but, as the world and its spouse knows full well, if we have any kind of fault in this area it’s that we’re not half nasty enough. As a result, Cuthbert’s claim comes across as dumb and more than a bit weak-willed and desperate. I’m looking forward to Sunday even more now.
It’s interesting to see, by the way, that no announcement has yet been made by the GAA on who will have the whistle for Sunday’s game. The good news is that it won’t be either David Coldrick or Rory Hickey, as they’re both on duty for the Round 4B qualifiers the previous evening, and it won’t be the more sensible Eddie Kinsella either, as he’s doing the Kerry/Galway game. That leaves, I guess, the likes of Maurice Deegan (hopefully not), Joe McQuillan, Padraig Hughes or maybe even Marty Duffy. I guess we’ll find out who it is at some point later today.