As has just been mentioned in the comments, the GAA have this afternoon announced that Cork’s Conor Lane has been appointed to ref this year’s All-Ireland final. It’s the Banteer/Lyre clubman’s first final and it’s quite a step up for him because, as far as I know, he’s never even reffed a semi-final up ’till now either.
Our most recent experience of him was the Connacht semi-final defeat to Galway back in June. My main recollection of his handling of that game was that it would have required a full decapitation of Aidan O’Shea before a free was awarded for a foul on the Big Lad.
It needs to be said, though, that it was ourselves and not the ref that ultimately blew that one and how Conor Lane handled that game then shouldn’t have any bearing on how he’ll do in next month’s final. All we’ve ever said we want from any ref is 50:50 treatment and we have to hope and expect that this is what we’ll get from Conor Lane the next day. Best of luck to him on what will be an enormous occasion for him, as it’s sure to be for all of us.
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