Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hurling, you say?

Some people think I mean “curling” when I say “hurling,” but hurling is a sport of its own.

The game has been compared to field hockey, but they’re related the way football is to ping pong. Hurling is a contact sport in which a small, hard ball is kicked, carried, thrown, or hit with an oversized hockey stick. A player may run down the field, using his stick to bounce the ball in the air as he goes. Or the ball may fly half the length of a football field, barely visible; then someone will lift his stick and send it sailing right back. When they’re not performing these tricks, the players tackle each other and pile on, not unlike the way soccer is played in Europe.

People in Kilkenny are wild about hurling and devoted to their teams; they worship their players more than any movie star.

1 Comments:

At May 17, 2007 at 5:17 PM , Blogger Jeff said...

Hi Jan,
I just re-read your older ones and all the new ones and looked at the pictures. Great stuff!
I just got the suitcase down and am ready to pack! (But I guess I need to wait one more year for Peggy to retire! Shucks!)

 

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