David Gough felt no pressure while refereeing All-Ireland final
David Gough, who refereed the drawn ” when officiating the greatest game of this year, he felt no stress.
Much of the attention from the build-up to the match was to the collection of Meath native Gough.
But when 3:30pm on September 1 arrived, he still felt no pressure at all.
“It is actually another game,” Gough told The Six O’Clock Show.
“I’d spent the week beforehand with a sports psychologist who’d prepared me for this instant. He made it.
“[The GAA] have contributed referees access to sports psychologists in the past number of years. It’s big for us that we are able to go and visualise things in matches to help us prepare for the match. We really do want this, and it is a wonderful tool.
“I simply could not wait to get on the pitch and throw up the ball. Everything else fades into the background after that. The noise in the arena, the capability that is complete, you do not detect anything concerning it. You have 70 to 80 minutes of focus. You see colours, numbers, jerseys. You do not even recognise the players, so I didn’t feel any tension going in at all.”
The frequent consensus after the match had been that he chose the proper calls for the decisions that are large, however, Gough made it clear he doesn’t listen to the opinions of anybody.
He noted:”I do not hear any of the analysis. I don’t watch back the match that has any analysts’ comment. I watch back the game myself, with my microphone played it which is given to us by Croke Park. So I don’t get caught up in some of the comment whatsoever.
“It’s really nice for me to be able to sit and see a match and concentrate on everything I did and that which I played, how I talked to the players and how they spoke to me.”
Cork’s Conor Lane will take control of the replay on Saturday.
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