Seeing as the 2017 All-I Snr Football Final thread is still locked, I’m posting this here. Just watched the Small/Boyle/Vaughan incident again. Boyle turns directly into Small, with no time for either to really avoid it. Small does not hit him full on as he would have if it was a shoulder to shoulder, rather he remains braced for the collision, as you would, and it is a heavy enough collision because Small was committed with the shoulder braced, and Boyle runs full pelt more or less right into him, and clearly no malice by Small. He collides into Boyle’s chest.
Here’s the first thing: Boyle goes down and clutches his face, then looks around. Sneaky hoor. And in fact on further viewing Boyle does not appear to try to avoid the already committed Small, who he could not fail to have seen as he turned. (this doesn’t excuse JS for being over-committed and risky with the challenge, a trait of his at times. However I do love the fact that McCarthy’s reaction to Small’s shoulder on Boyle is an immediate congratulatory low five! ).
Then DV comes in as if to square up to JS, but raises his knee into Small’s groin, and then at the same time the sneaky arm up into the side of his head with no warning. Finally he claims to the ref that he only shouldered Small !! (I actually think DV wanted to do something to get a further reaction from JS, but either overdid it, or didn’t expect Small to go down so convincingly).
I think what this shows apart from the obvious is that the two Mayo lads had made a half-time plan to get Small sent off.
But Donie had to run to the jacks before they finalised it.