What is Hurling?

Hurling resembles the sport of Shinty which is played predominantly in Scotland.  The game has prehistoric Gaelic origins, has been played for at least 3,000 years, and is thought to be the world’s fastest field team game in terms of game play.

It shares a number of features with Gaelic Football, such as the field and goals, number of players.

The object of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a Hurley to control a small leather ball called a sliotar. The Hurley is used to lift the ball into the hand, strike the ball in the air and on the ground. It sliotar can also be kicked or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass) for short-range passing.

To carry the sliotar over a distance (over four steps) the player has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the Hurley. But the player cannot take the Sliotar back into their hand more than twice.

To score, the player can kick or strike the sliotar over the crossbar for one point or kick the ball or strike the sliotar under the crossbar and into the net for a goal which equals three points.

Each team consists of 15 players, 1 Goal Keeper, 3 Full Backs, 3 Half Backs, 2 Mid Fields, 3 Half Forwards and 3 Full Forwards. Like the diagram below

Officials for a game consist of a referee, two linesmen (to indicate when the ball leaves the field of play) and four umpires (to signal scores and also indicate when the ball leaves the field of play)

A goal is signalled by raising a green flag, placed to the left of the goal. A point is signalled by raising a white flag, placed to the right of goal.

Still want to know what Hurling is?

Check out this link, Hurling – The fastest game on grass


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