It’s Ireland week here at Corn Nation so I’ve decided to give you a little bit if information on Irelands national sport, hurling. The sport of huring is over 3,000 years old. It was formed in Ireland to help warriors improve their sword-wielding skills.
What is Hurling? I’m glad you asked as I am happy to give you a brief rundown of the wonderful game.
Players to use an ash wood stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponent’s goalposts either over the crossbar for one point or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for three points. The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked, or slapped with an open hand. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick, and the ball can only be handled twice while in the player’s possession.
Provided that a player has at least one foot on the ground, he may make a shoulder-to-shoulder charge on an opponent who is in possession of the ball or is playing the ball, or when both players are moving in the direction of the ball.
No pads are used outside of a helmet that has a facemask.
Let’s bring back Hurling to America.
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