Europe’s oldest field sport, Hurling, is a game similar to hockey. Played with a small ball and a curved wooden stick, it dates to the Celt’s arrival in Ireland at least 2,000 years ago. Yes, 2,000 years. The stick used is called a hurl or camán in Irish. Traditionally made from the Ash tree, it is curved at one end which is used to strike or carry the sliothar. The sliothar or ball is heavy with raised edges and specific to the sport. Camogie is specific to female players with its organisation founded in 1903.
Hurling and Camogie are played on the same pitch as Gaelic Football, using the same posts and scoring system. A player may strike the ball on the ground, in the air or pick up the ball with the hurl and carry it for not more than four steps in the hand. After those steps, a player may bounce the ball on the hurl and back to the hand, but you are forbidden to catch the ball more than twice. However, a player can run with the sliothar balanced on the hurl.
In Asia, Hurling and Camogie is played with 7 aside with 7 minutes a half. It is a growing sport in the region with Singapore a strong contender in both. Training in each code takes place before the respective Gaelic Football sessions each Sunday.
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