Is it an ancient Irish past time where you run around chasing a ball with sticks? Sure.. and much more…

It’s been around for 3000 years.

It can be described as a cross between the skills of lacrosse, baseball and rugby- ouch!

Hurling is not for the faint hearted, it’s widely known as the fastest sport in the world. No padding is worn and helmets were not required until 2010. Oh, and the sliotar travels up to 160 kilometres an hour.

What is a sliotar?

The ball, similar in size to a baseball but with raised ridges.

What is a hurley?

The stick.

The pitch?

Huge, 145m long by 90m wide.

The goals?

Look like this….

 

How do you score?

1 point is awarded for striking the ball over the crossbar,

1 goal (3 points) is awarded for striking the ball under the crossbar past a goalkeeper….who only wears a helmet!

Check out these heroic hurling scores of 2017…

How do you play?

You can strike the ball on the ground, or in the air. You can pick up the ball with your hurley and carry it for no more than four steps in the hand.

After four steps, you can bounce the ball on the hurley and back to the hand, but you can’t catch the ball more than twice. This is why balancing the ball on the hurley is such an important talent to have!

What are you not allowed to do?

Grab or hold another player’s hurley, touch the sliotar directly with a hand while it is on the ground or physically challenge a player while the sliotar is not present.

Got it? These guys certainly didn’t…