Celtic Champions Classic – Super Hurling 11s in Notre Dame

Updated: September 11, 2013

The GAA and GPA, with the support of Aer Lingus, are staging the Super Hurling 11s – ‘The Celtic Champions Classic’ at Notre Dame University on Saturday October 19 to coincide with the biggest College Football showdown of the season when Notre Dame take on arch rivals USC.

The unique short-form of hurling has been devised and trialled over the past six months with a view to having a version of the game suitable to play at established sporting venues.

With up to 100,000 supporters expected on the South Bend campus for the evening football game, Ireland’s leading hurlers will, earlier that afternoon, perform the Super Hurling 11s at the University’s Lacrosse Stadium.

The game will form a key part of Notre Dame’s game-day itinerary and will provide a unique opportunity to showcase our greatest hurlers to a new and influential audience.

Speaking about the launch, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill said: “We are delighted to announce details of this joint initiative with the GPA, one that presents us with an unrivalled opportunity to showcase the special game that we all know hurling is to a new audience. I look forward to seeing how the game is received and also how our players adapt to it.”

GPA chairman Dónal Óg Cusack added: “This Classic exhibition is a truly wonderful opportunity for us to exhibit hurling at a high profile US sporting event. We believe that our games rank alongside the best sports in the world and the staging of this game in Notre Dame is part of our commitment to convey that message to a new and influential audience.”

Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications said: “This is an excellent opportunity for hurling to further boost its rapidly growing international appeal. We’re delighted to lend our support to the GAA and GPA in the initiative and are looking forward to welcoming Ireland’s greatest hurlers onboard in October.”

The Super 11s format can be viewed by the public for the first time at an exhibition game in Galway’s Pearse Stadium on Saturday 21st September. This exhibition will involve top inter-county hurlers and will form part of the programme on the final day of the Aer Lingus/Etihad Airways International Hurling Festival. Full festival details are available on www.hurlingfestival.com

One Comment

  1. Norman

    09/13/2013 at 9:26 pm

    Only problem is – it isn’t hurling with the new rules… No points? Are you kidding? You don’t need to Americanize the game to introduce it to Americans. Every one of us who has seen the magnificent game of hurling played has instantly loved it. Hurling, under the standard rules, has everything Americans love in sport – skill, finesse, contact, action, and high scoring. Don’t hurt the development in the US by introducing a game that is NOT hurling and call it hurling. Maybe if the GPA/GAA had actually consulted the American clubs and the North American Board on this things could have been better…

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