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Old 18-10-2009, 10:31 AM
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Independent.ie
Kennelly admits final 'marker' was premeditated
By DERMOT CROWE
Sunday October 18 2009

EXCLUSIVE

KERRY footballer Tadhg Kennelly has admitted that his challenge on Nicholas Murphy three seconds into last month's All-Ireland football final was a premeditated act designed to lay down a marker.

Kennelly says he disclosed his intentions to room-mate Paul Galvin on the eve of the final. "I'm going to charge in and hit someone at the start," he says he told Galvin. Murphy received a high and dangerous shoulder charge when Kennelly sprinted from his position to tackle the midfielder as he wheeled away with the ball straight after the throw-in.

The revelation that he had decided to take the law into his own hands is made in his autobiography, Unfinished Business, which is to be published this week.

Referee Marty Duffy awarded a free to Cork but took no action against the Kerry forward. The offence was a Category 2 offence under the rule book and merited a red card.

Kennelly returned from Australia to win an All-Ireland medal with Kerry last month, fulfilling his ambition, and played a starring role in the final. His dream return to Ireland culminated in being chosen on the Vodafone All Stars team at left half-forward on Friday night.

The GAA has refused to comment on the revelation made by Kennelly, who is employed by Kerry County Board as a GAA coach.

It has also been learned that the experimental rules which were designed to rid the game of cynical tackling and professional fouling have been binned, with GAA authorities deciding that they were no longer required.

The rules sought to remove blights like high tackling and late hits from Gaelic games and had had a run in secondary competitions this year but were shelved for the championship, pending a later review.

Kennelly would have received a yellow card under those rules and been forced to sit out the rest of the final, although he would have been replaced by a substitute.

There is no suggestion that Kennelly's decision was initiated by anyone other than the player himself or was part of the Kerry game plan. "My theory," he explains, "was that I really wanted to set the tone for our side. We wanted Cork to know that we were a totally different animal to the one they'd faced three months earlier."

He went on: "As we got to our positions, I looked across at Galvin, who nodded, and then positioned myself on the line ready to race in when the referee put the ball in the air. My eyes were almost rolling around in the back of my head. I was like a raging bull."

He says he "timed it right" and caught Murphy "perfectly on the chin". His message was: "Cop that. It's different this time, boys".

The Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) examined footage of the incident after the final and decided not to ask Duffy to review his decision.
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Old 18-10-2009, 11:58 AM
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Fair play to him for taking credit for it.





Now then lads, is it time for my long mooted media campaign against these "heroes" going around trying to maim fellow players in an amateur code.

Time for this game to be run to favour ballplayers, not snide mullackers.
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Old 18-10-2009, 12:18 PM
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Illegal - yes
Should have been send off - Yes

But in the context of team sport it was a huge lift to Kerry. You put a big hit in early and the whole team lifts that extra little bit. If any Cork player had done it we'd be saying the same.
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Old 18-10-2009, 12:22 PM
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Illegal - yes
Should have been send off - Yes

But in the context of team sport it was a huge lift to Kerry. You put a big hit in early and the whole team lifts that extra little bit. If any Cork player had done it we'd be saying the same.
Fair hit, yes.

But, as you say, he should have been sent off which would have been massive blow to Kerry.

I'll say it again, a Cork player doing something like that this year would have walked.
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Old 18-10-2009, 12:30 PM
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This will keep a few journalists happy over the break - just like Jack O'Connor's book, and then it will be all forgotten.

true fucking mockery
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Old 18-10-2009, 12:40 PM
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This will keep a few journalists happy over the break - just like Jack O'Connor's book, and then it will be all forgotten.

Didnt Roy Keane get suspended for admitting something similar in his book?

Will the GAA go after this DR Evil look alike.
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Old 18-10-2009, 12:41 PM
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God,I HATE those Animals!
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Old 18-10-2009, 01:28 PM
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anything to get people talking about an upcoming book so that it sells a few copies
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Old 18-10-2009, 01:33 PM
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All the Cork players just stood there as Nicholas Murphy lay prone on the ground after getting a blindside belt from that cretin. If the roles were reversed you can be sure that they'd all come piling in.

He should have been knocked out as sooon as it happened.

They know what it takes and we don't.
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Old 18-10-2009, 01:57 PM
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I blame the the GAA right now as they will sit back and do fuck all about this.

Also i blame Nicholas Murphy for taking that hit like a bitch and not getting back up and doing the same to Kennelly a few minutes later.His experience should have told him exactly what Kennelly was up to and should have tried to reverse the physcology of the hit in the interest of his team..
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