I know what Bob is thinking right now.. hey Dan, this is a sports blog. Yeah yeah, I know. Keep reading Bob 🙂
So my St. Patricks Day took me to a very fine spot! We found ourselves at the Hijinx Brewing Company at 905 Harrison St in Allentown. It looks like a warehouse.. well, that’s because it seems to have been a warehouse at one time. We walked in to friendly smiles and warm wishes.
Went to get ourselves a tasty pint of their finest beverages and guess who we ran into?Julie got us started with one of the fine beers that Hijinks Brewing Company offers and we took a spot watching an indoor quoits tournament in progress. There was a bag piper piping and a good time was had by all.
Seriously, it’s a good place to check out. I’d recommend you do. Check out the Hijinx Brewing Company website here.
It was about this time I noticed a team jersey that I hadn’t seen before.
You know me. I love sports. I love all sports. Big sports. Small sports. You also know my favorites are those unique and fun sports. Boy did I find another one last night. We’ve seen brief demonstrations over at Coca Cola Park over the years but I never did put together that Allentown actually has a team!
Allentown has another sports team! Stop the presses! Update the blog! Call DiPro! Get season ticket info for Kram! Get a photo pass for Cheryl!
ALLENTOWN HAS YET ANOTHER SPORTS TEAM!
It’s not really news to all. You may have known about this and not told me. So to those who did.. I stare disappointingly in your general direction.
So anyways, today the Noise Nation’s Horn & Bell blog officially adds the Allentown Hibernians Hurling Club to our list of favorite teams!
Now to ask, what is hurling?
“Hurling is termed “The Fastest Game on Grass” and it combines a wide variety of skills, including those of baseball, lacrosse and hockey. It is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin dating back for over 3,000 years ago.
The object of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents H shaped goalposts. The Sliotar can be struck over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points. The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass) for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick and the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession.”
What do you need to play?
“To play hurling you need three pieces of equipment 1) Hurl 2) Sliotar (ball) 3) Helmet with face guard. If you are new to the sport and plan on coming to our beginner clinics, the club will provide all three for you to use. If you join the club and would like to purchase your own equipment then head over to http://www.americangealic.com. A Hurl, Sliotar, and helmet can cost about $100-$120 depending on what brand to buy.”
How do I learn to hurl?
“Learn to play Hurling with the Hibernians. We host beginner clinics through out the year for those new to the sport. We will take you through all the fundamentals of the game and have you up to speed in no time. After mastering the basics at our beginner sessions, you will be ready to join the Lehigh Valley Hurling league. Contact us for more information.”
Here are some highlights:
Most importantly, when can we go see some live hurling?
Check out the schedule here.
(All information and photos credited to Allentown Hibernians Hurling Club’s website. Click here to view.)
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