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NICKEY NOT SURPRISED CROKER PITCH HELD UP.

Byline: By PAT NOLAN

NICKEY Brennan said yesterday that the Croke Park playing surface was the least of his worries last weekend despite record-breaking amount of rainfall.

The Croke Park pitch came in for strong, and merited, criticism when it was first laid in line with the stadium's completion but there have been no complaints over the past two years and last weekend it withstood five games in the space of two days.

The GAA president said: "I had no fears of the field.

"I'm almost an expert in grass management at this stage.

"A lot happened behind the scenes in the last year, year and a half to bring the pitch to where it was.

"I never had any fears that it wouldn't hold up, the attention to detail on that field has been very significant.

"We had people working on the field up to 11 o'clock on Saturday night, they were back in at 6 o'clock on Sunday morning. I never had a worry.

"Despite what was falling out of the sky it never posed the slightest concern to us. In fact the field was the least of our worries at the weekend."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2008
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