St. Macartan’s College reached the Brock Cup final which was played at Tully, Emyvale,
on Wednesday, May 14th at 6.30pm. A big crowd of supporters turned out to urge them
on as they met Omagh CBS. Omagh is proving a very strong team in College’s football
this year having reached three finals and now with two victories from the three.
This Brock Cup team from Omagh has won their competition in 1st and then in 2nd year
and were always going to be the team to beat. The Sem gave good displays in the run
up to the final but on final day their weaknesses were exposed. Nerves, lack of confidence
or whatever made them squander too many chances and they lost possession too easily
going forward. There were some excellent displays of determination and skill but
these were limited to a few individuals and teamwork was lacking. This for me was
another of those games where I pitied the referee as he had so many things to look
after and make decision on. This game also confirmed for me that you can take as
many steps as you like except when you are being tackled by three opponents and you
don’t drop the ball quickly enough. Eight steps now seems acceptable in most games.
Pulling arms also seems to go unpunished and the application of Cards is a lottery,
depending on how many people shout from the sideline. I think it really is an impossible
task for any referee to referee any game and to apply the rules as they are meant
to be. Referees can now determine the outcome of a game more than the players, though
this was not the case on Wednesday, as the best team on the evening won the day.