We love hurling as much as the next man, but could you imagine playing the game for 24 hours non-stop?
That’s what the lads at Cloughbawn GAA in Wexford did during the summer and their Trojan efforts have been honoured by the Guinness Book of World Records, who officially acknowledged the achievement last week and published this certificate on their website in recent days.
For the record, just 46 players took part in the massive hurlathon at the Cloughbawn GAA grounds back in late June, with only one player unable to go the distance after suffering a potentially damaging knee injury during the course of the action.
Also on hand to help out were nine different referees, 12 independent witnesses, ten management officials, four physios, two time and score keepers, a host of well-wishers and supporters and caterers who provided food and drink for everyone involved.
The sheer length of the game didn’t dull the competitive element and the white team ended up defeating the green team on a scoreline of 217-324 (975) – 220-286 (946) and although a 29-point defeat normally means a hammering, it was actually fairly close under the circumstances. We just pity the poor ‘keeper that had to pick the ball out of his own net 220 times.
Congratulations to all involved on what is a brilliant achievement, made even more special by the fact that the majority of those involved had a championship match the following day... just kidding of course.
Hat-tip to John Kielthy for giving us the heads up on this one on Twitter.
Main pic via Facebook/Cloughbawn 24 Hour Hurlathon