It’s looking very likely that Waterford’s Austin Gleeson will be free to take to the pitch at Croke Park on September 3rd, when the Déise contest their first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in almost a decade.
During the first half of Waterford’s semi-final clash with Cork on Sunday, Gleeson appeared to tug on the face-guard of opposing forward Luke Meade’s helmet. The deed went unpunished on the pitch, but ever since the final whistle Gleeson has been waiting nervously for the Central Competitions Control Committee(CCCC) to make a ruling on the incident and decide his final fate.
Last night, John Fogarty of The Irish Examiner reported that the CCCC had contacted James Owens, the referee who was in charge of Sunday’s semi-final, to ask if he had seen the incident and dealt with it on field of play. This morning, Fogarty provided an update, reporting that Owens has informed the committee that he was satisfied with his handling of the game.
Owens’ testimony should then clear the way for Gleeson to take part in the final against Galway.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we review Waterford’s win over Cork, hearing from Derek McGrath, Dan Shanahan and Kieran Kingston.