gaelic football

 

GAELIC FOOTBALL IS A FIELD GAME WHICH HAS DEVELOPED AS A DISTINCT GAME SIMILAR TO THE PROGRESSION OF AUSTRALIAN RULES. GAELIC FOOTBALL IS PLAYED ON A PITCH UP TO 145M LONG AND 90M WIDE. THE GOALPOSTS ARE THE SAME SHAPE AS ON A RUGBY PITCH, WITH THE CROSSBAR LOWER THAN A RUGBY ONE AND SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN A SOCCER ONE.

THE BALL USED IN GAELIC FOOTBALL IS ROUND, SLIGHTLY SMALLER THAN A SOCCER BALL. IT CAN BE CARRIED IN THE HAND FOR A DISTANCE OF FOUR STEPS AND CAN BE KICKED OR "HAND-PASSED", A STRIKING MOTION WITH THE HAND OR FIST. AFTER EVERY FOUR STEPS THE BALL MUST BE EITHER BOUNCED OR "SOLO-ED", AN ACTION OF DROPPING THE BALL ONTO THE FOOT AND KICKING IT BACK INTO THE HAND. YOU MAY NOT BOUNCE THE BALL TWICE IN A ROW. TO SCORE, YOU PUT THE BALL OVER THE CROSSBAR BY FOOT OR HAND / FIST FOR ONE POINT OR UNDER THE CROSSBAR AND INTO THE NET BY FOOT OR THE HAND / FIST IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES FOR A GOAL, THE LATTER BEING THE EQUIVALENT OF THREE POINTS.

TOTAL PLAYERS ON THE PITCH CAN RANGE BETWEEN 11 AND 15 DEPENDING ON WHERE THE GAME IS BEING PLAYED.  TYPICALLY IN WESTERN CANADA WE PLAY 11 A SIDE.

hurling

 

THE STICK, OR "HURLEY" (CALLED CAMÁN IN IRISH) IS CURVED OUTWARDS AT THE END, TO PROVIDE THE STRIKING SURFACE. THE BALL OR "SLIOTAR" IS SIMILAR IN SIZE TO A HOCKEY BALL BUT HAS RAISED RIDGES.

HURLING IS PLAYED ON A PITCH THAT CAN BE UP TO 145M LONG AND 90M LONG. THE GOALPOSTS ARE SIMILAR TO THOSE USED ON A RUGBY PITCH, WITH THE CROSSBAR LOWER THAN IN RUGBY AND SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN A SOCCER ONE.

YOU MAY STRIKE THE BALL ON THE GROUND, OR IN THE AIR. UNLIKE HOCKEY, YOU MAY PICK UP THE BALL WITH YOUR HURLEY AND CARRY IT FOR NOT MORE THAN FOUR STEPS IN THE HAND. AFTER THOSE STEPS YOU MAY BOUNCE THE BALL ON THE HURLEY AND BACK TO THE HAND, BUT YOU ARE FORBIDDEN TO CATCH THE BALL MORE THAN TWICE. TO GET AROUND THIS, ONE OF THE SKILLS IS RUNNING WITH THE BALL BALANCED ON THE HURLEY TO SCORE, YOU PUT THE BALL OVER THE CROSSBAR WITH THE HURLEY OR UNDER THE CROSSBAR AND INTO THE NET BY THE HURLEY FOR A GOAL, THE LATTER BEING THE EQUIVALENT OF THREE POINTS.

EACH TEAM IS MADE UP OF 15 PLAYERS WITH MATCH OFFICIALS AND SCORING VALUES THE SAME AS IN GAELIC FOOTBALL.