First impression of hurling

We put Sunday’s hurling match between Waterford and Cork on our DVR, and here’s a summary of our impressions of hurling after about 10 minutes:

baseball wikimedia commons
goalkeeper wikimedia commons
viking battle recreation
hurling from wikipedia, cc from Gnevin

6 Comments to “First impression of hurling”

  1. Dave said...
    22 June 2007

    Wait, they let both teams wear predominantly yellow jerseys? How do you know who’s who? Oh, that dudes on my team, he’s got purple socks on.

  2. Katherine said...
    22 June 2007

    Too funny. And I now feel that I have a perfect sense of what hurling is. Are we talking lots of blood and eye gouging?

  3. Will said...
    24 June 2007

    Now that you mention it, Dave, each player is wearing a differently coloured helmet, too. Since I’m living here, I’ll say that the Irish have keen powers of observation under stress. Yep, that must be it.

  4. Doug said...
    25 June 2007

    I actually watched like a whole “half” of this when sitting in a bar in Philly bored out of my mind by the cocareer people around me. I finally figured out the scoring near the end – they went to OT – very exciting – looks like lots of pain involved!

  5. Keith Barnett said...
    28 June 2007

    Ha ha I love the hurling entry! Especially since I have watched Braveheart on TNT about 5 times in the last two weeks, I am all about mid-evil warfare right now….

  6. Jaime B said...
    25 October 2007

    Although this is an older post, I was much inspired by the vivid pictorial representation of hurling. So much so that I avidly collect any new bits and pieces of information about the sport as I come across it. I have even subjected Irish-born colleagues to their thoughts and opinions of growing up with the sport. In that vein, I recently came across this ominous and quite condemning description of hurling by Philip Stubbes in 1583 (yes, the year is typed correctly):

    “…rather a bloody and murdering practise than a felowly sporte or pastime, for dooth not every one lye in waight for his adversary, seeking to overthrowe him…though it be uppon hard stones?…So that by this meanes, sometimes their necks are broken, sometimes their backs, sometimes their legs, sometimes their armes; somtime one part thrust out of joynt, sometime another; sometime their noses gush out with blood, sometime their eyes start out….And hereof groweth envie, malace, rancour, choler, hatred, displeasure, enmitie, and what not els; and sometimes fighting, brawling, contention, quarrel picking, murther, homicide, and great effusion of blood, as experience dayly teacheth.”