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Club hurling provides students with ‘a whole new friend group’

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Pete’s students may not have to travel to the British Isles to play hurl, but they do go to South Bend, Indiana.

The pitcher’s house team made a trip to South Bend last weekend to compete against different teams around the East Coast and Midwest in a tournament hosted by Notre Dame. For emerging psychology pioneer Tyler Auge, it was a fun experience to hit the road and play against some of the top teams in the country – despite Pete losing to the home team in the finals.

“It was a really great experience to be able to bond with the players and also have a lot of great competition against some really good competition,” said Ogi.

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Augie is part of the Pete Throwing Team, which includes 24 men and 1 woman. The House Throwing Club competes for the highest level of collective hurling. National Gaelic Athletics Association – and won consecutive national titles 2019 to 2020. While many students may not be familiar with Ireland’s national sport, the Pete team can be found playing on weekend nights occasionally in the Sports Dome on the upper campus, making their mark on specialized sports. .

Hurling, not very popular in the United States, is played with a baseball-sized ball and wooden stick that resembles a hybrid between a ping pong paddle and a golf club. Players cannot catch the ball with their hands – instead, they use the stick to control the ball and can hit it through two one-point goalposts, or into a three-point soccer-type net.

The Pete team usually exercises two nights a week for two hours. In group hurling, there are only 11 or 13 players per team on the field at a time, unlike the game in Ireland where 15 players play at a time. The team plays a few tournaments on weekends throughout the year.

Ryan Weinberger, the club’s chief accountant and business manager, said he learned of the slander while studying abroad in Ireland in 2019. Croke Park was one of his stops – The largest stadium in Ireland, which hosts several ejaculation events throughout the year. The stadium seats over 82,000 spectators – a reminder that what may be an obscure sport in the United States is the norm. in Ireland.

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“It was great to see the culture they had there,” Weinberger said. “After that, I didn’t actually see myself playing tossing or anything…Then I came to the gym fair.”

Originally looking to join the club track team, Weinberger found the club’s toss table in the activities gallery I started a conversation with two guys working in the booth. Weinberger decided to give it a try, and is now entering his fourth year with the team.

“They were just two men [at the table]Weinberger said. “They seemed so original, and so down-to-earth… I just started enjoying it and going from there.”

Ogi, the team’s social head, also got to know the team during the club fair. Unlike Weinberger, Augi knew nothing of hurling prior to joining the team, but he grew up to really enjoy playing the sport.

“She looked like a great group of guys with a weird looking wand,” Augie said. “I went with my boyfriend, my boyfriend never showed up and the rest is history.”

Augie is responsible for recruiting new players for the next season, giving him a privileged role in explaining the sport to those who may not be familiar with the sport. As Augie and other team members embrace the game’s mystery, it can be difficult to identify others with the slander.

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“We have developed a very standard answer throughout our time with the team,” said Augie. “We like to say it’s a cross between hockey, lacrosse, soccer and a bit of baseball.”

To succeed, teams need rugby physique, baseball accuracy, and track and field stamina.

Giaco Gentile, chief industrial engineering, said he learned some lessons on how to improve Pete’s South Bend team. While the trip was generally a good experience, he said, he’s learned that Pete needs work on playing on the field.

“It was fun to take a trip with the team and play against other schools for the first time this year, but overall the tournament has been disappointing since we ended up finishing second,” Gentile said. “Now we know what to expect in terms of competition for the Nationals in the spring, and work is a cut out for us, so hopefully if we work hard in the next few months we can still pursue our bigger goal of defending that title.”

He played tennis and lacrosse in high school, both of which helped him with the hurling, said Gentile, the club’s vice president.

Backhand [in hurling], which is kind of awkward for some people, is the same grip and somewhat the same movement as the tennis backhand,” Gentile said. “And grabbing the ball is a lot like the way you do lacrosse too.”

When Weinberger, Augie, and Gentile were asked what their favorite part of being on the team was, they echoed the same sentiment—one of camaraderie.

It’s just a whole new group of friends,” Gentile said. “I only joined the team to work out twice a week and hit some stuff. That’s nice too, but I also have a new group of friends from the team.”

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On top of meeting a completely new group of people, the students said the offbeat nature of the sport added to the experience. Augie said that while he never envisioned himself as a thrower, he feels at home on the team and that trying something completely new has been a great experience.

“I wasn’t particularly looking for her, but she kind of found me and I fell in love with her pretty quickly,” said Augie. “The thrill of just learning something new and getting better at it was really fun.”

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