David Gough, who refereed the drawn All-Ireland closing, ” when officiating the game of the year, he felt no stress.
A lot of the focus in the build-up to the match was about the variety of Meath native Gough, together with some pundits indicating as he is based in Dublin he should not have been named.
However, when 3:30pm on September 1 came, he still felt no anxiety whatsoever.
“It’s actually another match,” Gough told The Six O’Clock Show.
“I’d spent the week ahead 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 few years. It’s big for us that we’re able to proceed and visualise things in matches to help us prepare for your game. We really do want it, 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. The noise in the stadium, the capability that is complete, you don’t notice anything. You have 70 to 80 minutes of attention. You see colours, numbers, jerseys. You don’t even recognise the players, so I did not feel any anxiety going in at all.”
The consensus following the match was so that he made the proper calls for the huge decisions, however, Gough made it clear he does not pay attention.
He noted:”I don’t hear any of the analysis. I really don’t watch back the game with any analysts’ commentary. I see back the match myself, with my mic played it that is given to us by Croke Park. So I don’t get trapped in any of the commentary.
“It is really nice for me personally to have the ability to sit and watch a game and concentrate on everything I did and what I played, how I spoke to the players and the way they spoke to me”
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