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The Washington Post Is The Latest Publication To Fall In Love With Hurling

The Washington Post Is The Latest Publication To Fall In Love With Hurling
By Gary Reilly

A couple of weeks ago you might remember that a journalist from New Zealand became transfixed by the game of hurling and decided he needed to let some neophytes in on the secret. Well, it seems one such neophyte just so happens to work for the Washington Post, who have picked up Chris van Ryn's original article and brought it to a much larger audience.

Entitled 'Hurling might be the coolest sport you don't know', the Post's attempt to describe hurling to a North American audience is very much along the lines of what we've heard before. (That's not to say it's still not entertaining)

Played with a ball one must balance on a kind of lacrosse stick without the net pouch, while sprinting up and down what looks like an oversized soccer field, players must dodge other players who, also wielding bats, try to smack the ball away from you before you can turn your stick into a bat and whack the ball into a big hockey net or between football goal posts.

The article then goes on to give readers a quick taster of what this '3,000-year-old (yes THREE-THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD) sport' has to offer with the go to video for international new comers to the game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmzivRetelE

They then go on to transcribe van Ryn's article before finishing the piece with the explanation that you can't watch Saturday's replay on American television but you can always shell out for GAA GO if you want to. Granted, that has our cynical side wondering if the GAA had anything to do with this but we're willing to enjoy it anyway and commend the GAA for doing a decent job of marketing the game across the Atlantic.

Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

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