What a cracking game of hurling we witnessed on Sunday between two great sides in Kilkenny and Limerick going toe to toe at Croke Park. After the game there was an interesting debate on twitter should they make the sliotar heavier?
It’s something people have been talking about for some time and it’s an interesting debate, one that will continue to grow. The players nowadays are bigger, faster and stronger and you’d wonder should they make it slightly heavier, especially at inter county level.
What people fail to grasp is that what you are witnessing now is the result of 20yrs of intensive, organised coaching and training across hurling counties. We've never seen it before!
These players are just better. They're stronger, more skilful and better strikers of the ball.
— Michael Coughlan (@MikeRockfield) July 18, 2022
It's not too light…you try putting it over from those distances …its only the elite players can do it …just enjoy the scores, the game today was fantastic.
— billy o connell (@81billyo) July 17, 2022
Your reasoning is incorrect. The sliotar is too HEAVY if the lads are hitting it far. EG a baseball is bt 142-149g and travels at LEAST 325 to 400ft (100 – 120m) for a HR (min field dimensions).
As an exercise… try to hit a size 4 sliotar travel farther than a size 5! No way.
— Coach (@Referee_coach) July 18, 2022
To light? Us junior players are struggling with the weight of it as it is, we’re finished if they make it heavier.
— Frannie Halpin (@frannie_halpin) July 17, 2022
No inter county hurling now until January, what a pity really as what a championship it was again this year and next year promises to be even better as Limerick will look to make it four in a row..