Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Adrian Logan: Stop pitching about Croker

Over the past number of years, many players and commentators have complained bitterly about the state of the Croke Park pitch.

I think it's time to stand up and congratulate all concerned at the stadium for making such a great job of it now.

Not too long ago, Stadium Director Peter McKenna was taking flak from all and sundry over how poor the pitch was.

I don’t think we can say that any more.

The conditions on Saturday were the worst I have ever seen at a sporting event. The rain, as we all know, was pouring down all day.

It was relentless. Irish League football and the Ulster Grand Prix bikes were a wipeout.

Not so Croke Park. In those terrible conditions, three full games and it stood the test to perfection.

The pitch when it was first laid wasn’t right but the Croke Park authorities have spent countless hours and thousands of pounds to get it right. They have done that now with something to spare.

No surprise that the pitch held up yesterday for that superb hurling semi-final between Tipperary and Waterford.

In only a few months in charge, Davey Fitzgerald has got Waterford into the glamour final with Kilkenny.

No matter what happens he'll be able to holiday in Waterford for life.

Tipperary, like Dublin, were hot favourites but they, too, bit the dust.

Waterford will be up against it with Kilkenny but they will enjoy their day.

After all the turmoil in getting rid of former manager Justin McCarthy in mid-season, this was some turnaround.

A great day for them. Now let the scramble for tickets begin.

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