THE OFFICIAL launch of an innovative new hurling initiative took place recently in New Ross.
Caman Abu is ‘adult recreational hurling’ and is specifically aimed at ex-hurling and camogie players, and complete beginners, who, perhaps, never got the chance to play either game but have an interest in doing so.
The launch took place in the Geraldine O’Hanrahan’s G.A.A. complex and special guests on the night included former Wexford Senior Hurling stars George O’Connor and Dave Guiney.
Tommy Kinsella, from the G.O.H.s, is the brainchild behind the initiative and he spoke to the New Ross Echo about the scheme.
“It’s basically five-a-side or eight-a-side sport and there must be at least two females on each team,” he said.
He also pointed out that the sport is open to everyone in the community regardless of whether they are members of the G.O.Hs or not.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re involved with other clubs or even no club it’s open to everyone,” he said.
If there is sufficient interest in the scheme Mr. Kinsella is hoping to organise a winter league.
The sport is basically ground hurling and the specially constructed carbon-fibre hurleys cannot be brought above shoulder height. The ball is lightweight and is kept at waist height. Another aspect to the sport which might make it appealing to people is that it’s non-contact.
“The game is played either indoor or outdoor, depending on the weather, and is played on a 60m x 30m astro-turf pitch,” said Mr. Kinsella.
“Anyone can play it regardless of experience and I would emphasise that you don’t have to be a member of the club,” he added.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the sport or interested in participating can contact Mr. Kinsella on 085-7772569.