The Fastest Game On Grass
Hurling, Ireland’s national sport, is an intense, fast paced sport which predates all “ball and stick” games. Commonly thought to have been played anywhere up to 4,000 years ago, the first definitive mentions of hurling are in the early Irish Brehon law from the 5th century. Optimally using 15 players per side, all participants use a hurley, a stick with a flat surface on the end for hitting the sliotar, which is a ball slightly larger than a tennis ball. Points are scored on an H-shaped goal, both above the crossbar for one point, or underneath into the goal for three points.
Hurling is perfect for people who have enjoyed playing lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, baseball, or its direct cousin, shinty. All of these games owe much of their origins to hurling!
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