Hurling has been described variously as "field hockey in the air" or "a cross between hockey and murder," though these descriptions really don't do the game justice. To truly get a feel for the spirit of the sport requires that you see it in action. It exhibits a unique combination of skill, athleticism, stamina and speed that few sports can match. It is acknowledged as the fastest field game on earth.
It has the speed and continuous flowing action of ice hockey but on grass. It is played with a long curved stick similar to a field hockey stick but with a broader and flat end ("bas") which allows the player to control the ball in the air as well as on the ground. It is made of ash wood which has just the right properties that allow the stick to flex up to a certain point.
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