There’s more in the papers today about the Limerick furore but, as a number of you have already indicated, it’s time to end the debate on that and focus instead on the replay itself. There’s far less on this in the media today, though Colm Keys in the Irish Independent does have a piece on the five issues he says we need to address if we’re to win on Saturday.
The only bit of concrete news I’ve come across so far today was the story carried on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme a bit earlier on where Darren Frehill reported that Lee Keegan’s appeal to the Central Hearings Committee will be heard tomorrow night (Thursday). That RTÉ report didn’t say what the appeal grounds might be but this piece in Hogan Stand (which doesn’t quote any source) states that Lee will be relying on video evidence to exonerate himself. Evidence like this:
Source: The Score (RTÉ)
Given that, as the GIF above clearly confirms, this will show Lee was being fouled by Buckley and Riverdance Walsh and it was Buckley’s punch that instigated the whole incident, our man must have a reasonable case for getting off. Here’s hoping.
With the appeal not taking place until tomorrow night, this undoubtedly means there’ll be no team announcement until Friday at the earliest. In fact, I’d say there’s a good chance we mightn’t hear any team news at all ahead of the day itself.
For those planning to be in Limerick on Saturday – and, apart from those of you domiciled outside the jurisdiction, that’s all of you, right? – here, courtesy of @gkellynow, is a handy seating map graphic for the Gaelic Grounds. The Irish Independent is reporting this morning that there’s “unbelievable” demand in Kerry for tickets so we obviously need to be there in large numbers too. If you haven’t got yourself sorted for tickets yet then today’s the day to do it. What are you looking it? Get it done now.