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Section 1 The Gaelic sport hurling has been played for many years throughout Ireland. The players receive no pay for playing the game. In Ireland the players play for the pride and glory of their country. The Irish call the hockey shaped stick a hurley. Ambidextrous players hold the hockey shaped stick in one hand and pick up the ball in the other. Fifteen players make up a team. The players wear no protective equipment with the exception of a few that wear helmets. The goalies use many different kinds and sizes of sticks to defend their team's goal during the high speed Irish sport.

Section 2 After visiting Ireland and learning the basics of hurling there are still some rules and regulations left unclear. How hurling originated is one. I'd also like to know when the game originated. I know that the game is turbulent, but are there penalties for too rough of play.

The players always hold the hurley with their left hand on bottom. It would be interesting to find out the reasoning or strategy behind this. What are the dimensions of the goal that the goalie must defend? The time length of the game would be nice to know.

Section 3 To find information on hurling I entered the Yahoo search engine. In Yahoo I typed in hurling and pressed search. Numerous sites appeared on my computer screen. I gaped at all the sites and finally picked one called The Game of Hurling . In the article, Ronny Holm said, "A match consists of two 30 minute halves." I think that is a long time to run around and hit the ball through the goal.

With some basic hurling knowledge now I decided to enter Shamrock Hurling Club and get some specifics. The club made me realize how ominous the game of hurling is. "The sliotar can be passed by kicking, hitting it with the hurley or by passing it with the hand. Players must be crazy to not even wear helmets!" (Murphy). Personally, I would at least wear a helmet. The players must not be able to feel pain! From that site I entered UK Hurling . This was new to me. I thought hurling was only played in Ireland. UK hurling is the same as Irish hurling. "Each team consists of fifteen players and a number of substitutes. One goalie, six defenders, two mid fielders and six forwards." (Jay). With fifteen players from each team and thirty total on the field, I think it would look like a bunch of gnarled people running around.

To find more rules and regulations I entered Rules of Hurling. In here I discovered many new regulations. "The sliotar weighs between 100 grams and 130 grams. The circumference of the ball is 23 and 25 centimeters." (McGrath). The ball is made of cow hide and the inner part is made of cork. If a sliotar came flying toward me and hit me, I would be apprehensive of ever playing the game again. I think the heavy ball would hurt to get hit with.

Last, I entered another hurling club. This club is known as GAA. GAA stands for Gaelic Athletic Association. This committee oversees all Gaelic sports. "Each year Inter county and Inter Club teams compete in various competitions. The most famous and respected is the All-Ireland Championship," said Curenn Gael. I would be exhilarated to view an All-Ireland Championship game in person. Of all sports to watch and learn, I think hurling would be the most challenging, interesting and joyful.

Section 4 In Ireland and Europe, people play hurling for competition or just for pure enjoyment. Curenn Gael said, "Each year Inter County and Inter Club teams compete in various competitions. The most famous and respected of all is the All-Ireland Championship." Gael stated this information on GAA . Since people play hurling competitively and for fun, I will further pursue the game and work an becoming adroit with a hurley.

During a game of hurling, players must play hard for as long as possible. On UK Hurling, Hlldew Jay stated "Each team consists of fifteen players, and a number of substitutes. One goalie, six defenders, two mid fielders, and six forwards." If I ever played hurling, I would condition extremely hard so when it came to a game, I wouldn't need a substitute. My team would benefit from this because, only three subs are allowed in a match. A perpetuate player definitely helps the team throughout a game.

"A match consists of two thirty minute halves," wrote Ronny Holm from The Game of Hurling . Regular season games last sixty minutes, while championship games last seventy minutes. Throughout a hurling match, referees solve discrepancies by giving out penalties. I wouldn't be able to play a hurling match without getting a penalty. With sixty minutes of turbulent play, I would lose my composure and receive a penalty.

In Ireland, hurling clubs remain extremely popular. Some clubs even have their standings and other information posted on the internet. The Shamrock Hurling Club , written and updated by John Murphy, contains various types of useful facts. "The sliotar can be passed by kicking, hitting it with the hurley or by passing it with the hand." To have the cowhide and cork ball buffet, a player has to hurt. Players wear no protective equipment. Even though I'd like to play hurling, I couldn't withstand the punishment of the ball and players without any equipment.

How much does a sliotar weigh? Sean McGrath author of Rules of Hurling stated "The sliotar weighs between 100 g and 130 g. The circumference is between 23 centimeters and 25 centimeters." Players strike the heavy ball with a stick made of ash. The base of the hurley can't exceed thirteen centimeters. Players receive no pay for practicing numerous hours on difficult skills and on top of that playing in games. For me, to pursue a career in hurling I would need to revel the game completely and get paid. Many hours spent away from the family would make the task impossible for me.

Section 5 I found seeking information on the internet to be more interesting and easier than researching in the library. On the internet I got to randomly choose the sources I wanted. In the library I don't really have a choice of what information to use. I liked picking my own topic. It made the research fun and interesting. The section format helped me put together a better paper than without one. Laying out each section made the paper seem easier and shorter than it really was. The explicit syllabus didn't help me much. Never being absent could account for this. If absent, the syllabus would help me. When I needed to see the requirements for the paper the rubric came in handy. It helped me meet all required standards. I would leave something out without it.

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