A large turnout of supporters, family & friends were treated to a feast of hurling at Habig Fields on Saturday, Aug 18th. First up were the U-18's of Indy and Chicago. The early exchanges saw the boys from Chicago utilize a little more craft & guile in front of goals. At half-time, Chicago led by 10 points. After the break, a re-energised and re-focused Indy team began to gain a foothold in the game. As time wore on, Indy clawed their way back to within 3 points, but unfortunately before the come-back could be completed the final whistle blew, and Chicago took the victory. It was a good, sporting game between two teams who have developed a friendly rivalry over the last number of months, and while victory eluded the Indy boys this time, they can be very proud of their display, particularly in that second-half.
The crowd was well & truly warmed up following the exciting finish to the U-18 game, and it was now the turn of the Indy adult team to take the field against the travelling team from St Louis. Indy got off to a fast start with 2 quick goals and settled into the game well. However, St Louis, the 2005 National champions, finished the half strongly and went in at the break only 4 points down. The second-half saw Indy tighten their grip on the game and they pushed on to the finish, winning eventually on a score-line of 3-13 to 1-8.
All the Indy Hurling Club members, both young & not so young, can be justifiably proud of their contribution to the weekend's success. Well done to everyone from referees, umpires, sideline judges, pitch-markers, pizza-sellers, photographers, goal-movers, bleacher-movers, and, of course, the players.
Special thanks to both the Chicago & St Louis teams & management who made the journey to Indy for these games. Indy Hurling appreciates the time and effort taken by both teams to travel and play in these matches. Both games were played in good spirit, and provided great entertainment for the large crowd in attendance.
A particular word of gratitude goes to the Westfield Youth Soccer Association. Their excellent pitches and facilities made the weekend possible, and contributed in no small way to the success of the weekend.
Finally, sincere thanks to everyone who came to watch the world's fastest field game - we hope you enjoyed it, that the experience sparked an interest in the game and that we will see you back again in the near future, both for further games and at our booth at the Indy Irishfest. Come up and talk hurling with us - we can do that all day…!!