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Questions About Hurling And Gaelic Football

Sat Sep 08, 2007 6:29 am

So my dish provider added a sports channel called Setanta Sports which shows a lot of soccer and rugby. I love soccer (as we call it here in the States) so this is a great add to the channel lineup. I am starting to enjoy rugby, even though I do not understand the rules. However the two sports that I have watched, I have NO clue as to what is going on....make that three if you add in AFL. The games make no sense at all. I am talking about Hurling and Gaelic Football. Can any of our Irish friends explain these sports? Hurling seems like field hockey that meets soccer and rugby. Gaelic Football seems to be like soccer and rugby combined. How close am I to these two The rules, the scoring...especially the scoring. I was watching a Hurling match the other day with Limerick and somebody else and the score was something like 0-2 to 8-12 or something like that. What does that mean? How popular are these two sports. I could not get an idea of how big the stadiums were and how many people were there.

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RE: Questions About Hurling And Gaelic Football

Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:03 am

Quoting Csturdiv (Thread starter):
I am talking about Hurling

While I am not Irish, I travel to Ireland a lot on work, and have gotten into hurling. Let me give you a brief introduction:

You have a stick and a ball. The purpose is to hit the ball with the stick, eventually resulting in a goal. That's the simple explanation  Smile The stick is called the hurley, the ball is called the sliotar (hope I am spelling that right)

At the end of each side of the field is a goal, resumbling a lot of American high school fields where it can double as a soccer goal and a football upright (basically, it looks like an "H". If you hit the sliotar over the top bar, you score 1 point. If you hit it past the goalkeeper and into the bottom half, you get 3 points.

You can catch the sliotar and carry it, but only for a few steps (I think 4?). The rest of the time, you run with it on the hurley, and you can hit it to other people by tossing it up in the air (with the hurley, not your hand) and then smacking it. Each team has 15 players, including the GK, and the game lasts for two 35 minute halves if I remember correctly.

Go to Ireland during hurling season - people are diehard about it. Last time I was in Ireland, I was given a hurley and sliotar. The sliotar is surprisingly hard, and I definitely wouldn't want to get hit by it at the speeds they hit it with. The hurley is somewhat interesting looking...like a slanted spatula, for lack of a better term.

It's a fun sport. That's the basics of it. Gaelic Football, however, I am not very familiar about. I apologize if any of my info is incorrect.
 
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RE: Questions About Hurling And Gaelic Football

Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:01 pm

What he said^ Hurling is a fantastic sport.Its non professional,the players are butchers,farmers,bank managers etc and dont receive a single cent for playing but to the locals they are heros.Hurling is the fastest field game in the world and it can be very hard to see the sliothar while watching a game on tv but if you give it time you'll find it really exciting.However the hurling season ended last week,Kilkenny won the all Ireland yet again   so you wont be coming across much of it on setanta for another 8-9 months.As for Gaelic football,its alot less exciting then hurling the rules are basically the same as hurling though.As mentioned above theres an american football style goalpost at each end,kicking the ball into the lower half gets you 3 points(better known as a goal) and kicking it over the crossbar into the upper half gets you 1 point,so for the scores on tv 3-12 is 3 goals and 12 points.The finals of both sports are hosted in the same stadium Croke Park,which has a capacity of close to 90 thousand making it the fifth biggest stadium in Europe which is very impressive for a non professional sport.Hope this helps a bit,it's really hard to explain,in fact I think theres a video on youtube which explains the rules of hurling,not too sure though.The Gaelic football final is coming up soon so keep an eye out for that and cheer for Cork   

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RE: Questions About Hurling And Gaelic Football

Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:45 pm

Quoting RedArrows (Reply 2):
Kilkenny won the all Ireland yet again

I was wondering who won it all. I remember sitting at the Hairy Lemon in Dublin back on June 10 watching a game between...crap...I forget! It was a hell of a lot of fun though. Glad to hear I got it right, from the Irish at that!  Smile

And yes, it is hard to see the ball on TV...kind of like baseball.
 
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RE: Questions About Hurling And Gaelic Football

Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:24 pm

Quoting Csturdiv (Thread starter):
make that three if you add in AFL. The games make no sense at all. I am talking about Hurling and Gaelic Football

As an aside, did you know that Gaelic Football and AFL Football are related. if you watch both, that MIGHT help  Smile
They even have an annual Ireland/Australia international game, using slightly modified rules.

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RE: Questions About Hurling And Gaelic Football

Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:47 pm

Let me sum it up.......

Hurling: A cross between ice-hockey and murder.

Gaelic: A mix of soccer,rugby and wrestling.
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RE: Questions About Hurling And Gaelic Football

Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:29 pm

Thanks for the info, that does help some, but I am going to have to watch it some more to understand it. Would I need to be drinking some Murphy's to understand it better? I know that is probably not the best example of Irish beer, but I am a big fan of the Murphy's Irish Red...I'm not a big stout fan, so no Irish Stout for me.
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RE: Questions About Hurling And Gaelic Football

Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:21 pm

I played Gaelic football here in the states. It was a big sport in Boston in the 70's.
As far as the scoring goes, remember the old style football goalposts? The ones that were a big H?
If you kick what would be a field goal in football, that's 1 point. If you kick it thru the bottom of the H like a goal in soccer, that's worth 3 points. You cannot pick up the ball directly from the ground unless your the goalie and are inside the box, however, you can pop the ball up with your foot and carry it for 2 steps. Once you hit 2 steps you need to either pass it or dribble it by bouncing it up into the air and catching it. Once you do that, you get another 2 steps. It was a fun game to play, but you have no padding and there are a lot of collisions.
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