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Hockey mixed with murder – hurling taking off in New Zealand

Published 20/02/2014 | 21:49

"The sport is both ruthless and fascinating"
"The sport is both ruthless and fascinating"

The ancient game is flourishing in New Zealand and their descriptions make for interesting reading.

McKenna’s Christchurch GAA club is growing in numbers thanks to the large numbers of Irish people travelling to the country in search of work and for the locals it is exposure to an unfamiliar game.

The Press has reported on the Irish GAA club and also attempted to give a little background to the game of hurling.

The classic Jason Statham quote of “hockey mixed with murder” is an opening description and other observations are noted.

“It is played fast - really fast,” reports the paper.

“Players are all but sprinting up and down the field, with sticks flying and a hard ball at the centre of it all. The sport is both ruthless and fascinating.”

“The goal looks like a rugby goal post with a football-style net from the cross-bar down. Points are scored by getting the ball over the bar (1 point) or under it and past the goalie (3 points).”

The fact that helmets have only become mandatory in recent years is duly noted.

"The sport is high on contact, but compulsory helmets and face guards were only introduced to men's teams in 2010."

Some Kiwis have dabbled with the ancient game in Christchurch, with more expected to join as awareness of the sport increases.

Declan Whooley

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