Play hurling in Akron

The annual Al O’Leary Hurling tournament is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Akron, Ohio, area.

Visit the Akron hurling club at

According to the announcement from Akron Celtic Guards Hurling Club, teams from Indianapolis, Purdue University and Pittsburgh will be attending the event at Akron Indoor Soccer (73 West Rosewood Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44301).

The tournament will also host an opportunity to pick up hurling supplies from P. O’Kane Hurls.

Is your club planning a hurling event? Send me the information at, and I’ll post it here at Hurley To Rise at no charge to you. Posting here may help you pull in additional teams and even some new players!

After your event, send me photos and a report, for a follow up post! Event reports can further help you draw in additional talent to your club.

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Five tips on stopping (that accursed ball)

The more I learn about hurling, the more I feel less sure about giving advice on how to play the game.

The Akron Hurling Club's logo features a blimp and a tire.

Still, I recently got an encouraging letter from an Akron, Ohio, player. He writes: “This is something special you’ve got going there! I have all my buddies on the team here in Akron reading it. The graphics you created as well as the detail provided about the game is phenomenal. I don’t know about other teams but this resource you provide is grand.”

For that pat-on-the-back, I thank him and makes me feel a little less sheepish in offering advice. We’re all learning, I suppose.
Now back to today’s lesson … In the last few practices that I’ve been able to attend, I turned my focus on stopping the ball as it comes to me.

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