Thursday, May 19, 2022

There’s more than just the Christy Ring Cup final that will interest Mayo GAA fans at Croke Park on Saturday as one of the two curtain-raisers to the Green and Red’s historic clash with Derry is to be part-officiated by Tooreen native James Judge.

Mayo GAA Hurling referee James Judge before the recent Nickey Rackard Cup tie between Tyrone and Roscommon in Hyde Park.

A first cousin to Shane Boland who ironically will captain Mayo in the Christy Ring Cup decider, Judge is the linesman and standby referee for the All-Ireland Lory Meagher Cup final between Longford and Louth which throws in at 1pm.

The Mayo official is rising through the ranks and already this year was the fourth official in the Leinster SHC clash of Galway and Kilkenny in Salthill – the game made memorable by the infamous after-match handshake between Henry Shefflin and Brian Cody.

James Judge has officiated in over 50 hurling games already this year between club, colleges, Fitzgibbon Cup and inter-county ties, including seven Allianz Hurling League and four Nickey Rackard Cup ties.


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