Ireland’s reigning hurling champions to visit Tapping

Gaelic Games Junior Academy hurlers in action.
Gaelic Games Junior Academy hurlers in action.

The public are invited to the open day to try the sport of hurling with coaching sessions available for Gaelic Games Junior Academy members.

WA Gaelic Games junior development officer Gerry Crowley said the visiting Clare Hurlers won the All-Ireland Hurling Championship last year and were awarded the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

‘This would be like an English football team bringing the FA Cup out to a soccer academy in WA,’ he said.

The object of the game is for players to use a wooden stick to hit a small leather ball under the bar for a goal (3 points), or over the bar for one point.

It is similar to hockey, but the ball is also played in the air or bounced on the end of the stick.

Crowley said hurling was one of the fastest-growing sports in WA. Five new adult hurling clubs and one camogie club (women’s version) were formed in 2012 and two new junior academies (Tapping and Thornlie) established in 2013.

There will be a junior academy registration day on the Tapping Primary School oval on February 23, between 10.30am and noon.