Hurling vs. Lacrosse
The comparison between the sports of Hurling and Lacrosse.
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Mal achy O’Connell soloed the ball, balancing it there on his Hurley as he sprinted ten feet down the left wing of the field, then to double the slither in the air and score three points for his team. Come on now yobs, everyone cheered as Mal achy took his victory run back to midfield to join witTh his team! Hurling the game was and that’s what Mal achy had played all of his life growing up in Ireland, hearing stories of the great Cuchulain and other Irish Heroes who had played the same as he does. Now in America, Malachy tries to keep up his spirits in playing the similar sport of Lacrosse after discovering no local Hurling Clubs. Switching from Hurling to Lacrosse will not be easy, but after playing Hurling, the “Fastest game on grass,” (MHC) he should be able to pick up Lacrosse, “The fastest game on two feet,” (Smith). Malachy will indeed notice the differences in equipment, game play and especially history when playing this new foreign game and will soon miss the cultural sport he grew to love.
Being a very easy-to-see difference between the two sports, Hurling and Lacrosse require special equipment in order to be played. This difference in equipment affects the game play and rules of each sport becoming an essential part of the sport as a whole. The way equipment allows players to perform in their sport more effectively than otherwise is commonly overlooked by fans. Different equipment is one huge factor that sets many sports apart and that is why Hurling and Lacrosse still have very important differences between them.
Hurling equipment is pretty basic for the most part and getting fitted for the right equipment is even easier. When playing the great game of hurling you need four basic things to play which are a Hurling Stick or Hurley as we like to call it, a Protective Helmet, a Sliothar and a simple pair of Cleats. First off and most importantly you should be fitted to a correctly-sized Hurley which will be your best friend and affect every aspect of the game in which you play. Hurleys are hard wooden sticks that have a curved toe and a grip on them. You need to have the right size stick in order to perform efficiently, because a stick that is too big or too small will affect your hitting, ground hurling and even your solo runs during a game. Hurling helmets or whatever hockey helmet a hurler chooses to wear consists of a hard plastic shell with ear holes and a metal cage in front for visibility and protection. The Sliothar is the ball that is used in hurling which is much like a baseball, but has ridged edges instead of just stitched lines. Lastly your shoes for hurling should be some type of cleats which grip the ground firmly and allow you power down the field quickly. All of this equipment is essential to a Hurling player allowing him to be successful at what he or she does.