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Off The Ball

10.51 15 Jun 2014


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Last week we brought you the British reaction to the first glimpses of hurling on Sky Sports. It was a flurry of bemused and curious comments, with a little cautious admiration for a game that – for the uninitiated – can seem utterly bizarre, not to mention dangerous.

Sky Sports offered British viewers their second taste of hurling last night, with the Leinster SHC Semi-final between Dublin and Wexford at Wexford Park. Unlike last week’s game – the procession that was Kilkenny strolling past Offaly – this was a decent contest.

Wexford had more of the ball in the first half but the Dubs went in at the break narrowly ahead. The early stages of the second half saw Dublin realising they were in for a real battle to keep alive the chance to retain their Leinster title. The Model County were making this a tight, entertaining contest that Dublin won 0-22 to 1-14.

Wexford's Ciaran Kenny and Conal Keaney of Dublin ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Conal Keaney and Alan McCrabbe stepped up to the plate for Dublin and a series of fine scores carried Anthony Daly’s side over the line, but not before British audiences had been offered a proper game of the small ball.

Twitter reaction this week was still a steady stream of intrigued bafflement, but there was a lot more about the merits of the sport, and its entertainment values, than its novelty.

And Ben Nall had a suggestion for a potential use of hurling as punishment for soccer’s more theatrical side...


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