It’s just been announced that Meath’s David Coldrick will be the ref for our All-Ireland semi-final with Kerry on Sunday week (throw-in 3.30pm). I don’t think we can have any qualms with that: Coldrick is a sensible individual and is, by some distance, the best ref in the game at the minute. I could be wrong but I don’t think he’s ever reffed a championship game that we’ve been involved in before now. It could be a coincidence but, from what I can see, the last time we had him (so to speak) for a competitive fixture was our league match with Kerry down in Tralee in March last year. We won that day too.
The other announcement made today concerns the playing strips for Sunday week where it’s been decided that Kerry will wear the same blue get-up that they sported for the Limerick match whereas our lads will take the filed in the predominantly red shirt that we last wore that almost fateful day over in Ruislip. I’m far from convinced, I have to say, about the wisdom of taking on the Kerrymen in an All-Ireland semi-final wearing mainly red but then again the fact that they won’t be in their traditional green and gold should mean that the old shaking the jerseys trick won’t work the next day either.