Hurling Terms

Since hurling is such a foreign sport to most Americans, I figured a glossary might help readers.

Camogie — A game very similar to hurling, but for females only.

Croke Park – The facility in Ireland where the national finals are played in all levels of hurling, camogie, and gaelic football.

GAA – The Gaelic Athletic Association is a organization in Ireland dedicated to preserving Irish culture and sporting activities.  The organization is a focal point in many communities in Ireland.

Gaelic Football — A game who share similar rules as hurling and camogie, but it uses a large, inflated ball and no sticks. Players kick and swat the ball down the field. Also similar to rugby.

Goal – A goal is worth three points in hurling. It is scored when the sliotar is propelled below the goal station’s crossbar and into the net.

Ground Hurling — Striking the ball, or even playing the entire game, while the ball is on the ground.

Kit – In British/Irish terminology, it’s the same thing as a uniform for a particular sport.

Hurley – The paddle-like stick used in hurling. It is primarily used to strike the sliotar. It can also be used to entangle other hurleys.

Hurling – An Irish sport that’s estimated to be 3,000 years old. Players use a hurley to propel a sliotar into or above the goal.

Lash/Lash on it — To strike the ball while it’s on the ground.

Pitch – In baseball, this means to throw the ball at the batter so he can hit it. In hurling (and most other sports), the pitch is the playing field for the game.

Point – A point is worth one point in hurling.  A point is scored when the sliotar is propelled above the goal station’s crossbar and between the goal posts.

RTE – The Irish television network that broadcasts many hurling matches.

Sliotar – The baseball-sized ball used in hurling. It has raised seams and softer than a regular baseball. Pronounced “slitter.”