Hurling is one of the most exciting sports around. The pace of the game is unmatched by any other, with no shortage of notable incidents to keep the viewer entertained throughout the game. However if there is one thing that hurling is lacking, it is a few high speed vehicle chases. Well it seems that problem has finally been solved in Dublin.
Castleknock took on Thomas Davis in the opener of their 2019 Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship campaign, it what was described as 'an incident packed match'. That may be the understatement of the century.
While Castleknock would ultimately run out winners on a scoreline of 1-17 to 2-12, it was not the hurling that had everybody taking. Instead, it was the break in play due to a high speed chase of a stolen vehicle carried out by Gardaí on the pitch in the middle of the game. Yes, you read that correctly.
This is how the brilliantly understated Castleknock match report summed up the incident:
An incident packed match produced two Thomas Davis penalties, nine Luke Whelan points before he went off injured, another six points from centre-back Cian O’Dualaing and a bizarre temporary suspension of play two minutes into the second half when a Garda chase in pursuit of a speeding low-loader truck entered the grounds resulting in an amount of damage but thankfully no injuries or even worse.
The report would go on to summarise the rest of the game, before throwing in this beauty at the end:
In the other incident the low-loader being pursued by Gardai damaged one car before breaking through the metal fencing surrounding the Clubhouse and crashing back out onto the Porterstown Road.
It subsequently forced a Fire Engine off the road before Gardai caught up with it and escorted the driver to Finglas Garda Station.
Only in Ireland.