Meet the man in the mid­dle

Bray People - - Sport -

DE­CLAN PEP­PARD is the man with the whis­tle for the county Se­nior fi­nal on Sun­day. But this is not the first county fi­nal for the Hol­ly­wood of­fi­cial as he was also in charge of the Rath­new v. An Tochar fi­nal in 1999.

De­clan is one of the county’s most ex­pe­ri­enced and re­spected ref­er­ees and was on the in­ter-county panel in the late nineties but had to scale back from the in­ter-county scene due to work com­mit­ments af­ter he joined the prison ser­vice.

Al­though more noted as a foot­ball ref­eree, he has in fact taken charge of the whis­tle for three hurl­ing fi­nals in 2000, 2006 and last year while he also ref­er­ees in neigh­bour­ing Kil­dare. He has ref­er­eed a Mi­nor foot­ball fi­nal be­tween New­town and St. Pa­trick’s.

‘I am ex­pect­ing a good open, fast game of foot­ball from th­ese two teams’ he said. ‘I think it could be a great game and I am not ex­pect­ing any prob­lems.’

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