Real men playing a real game with the risk of real injuries. Helmets were brought in recently enough, considering the game dates back about 3000 years, to prevent the common injury of losing an eye. As is evident they are optional.
The Hurl or Hurley ( or Stick as it's called in the vid) was originally a practice sword for the Celts, but they had so much fun knocking the bejesus out of each other they threw a ball in for a laugh
A new addition to the rules is fouls for hitting players, it was a commonly accepted tactic to take out your opponent by any means necessary, however as these men are not paid, they play for the love and the pride of the game, they have jobs to go to, or try to go to on a Monday morning, but when the ref's not looking anything goes!
Same with our Gaelic football players who I'm sure the Aussies will be straight in for a bash, but consider your Aussie rules players are paid professionals, our Gaelic players make ends meet with 9-5s, plus you're a dirty bunch of bastards, knocking lads out for the sheer fun of it....lol
Another fact in this game is players only stay down when they are genuinely injured, if they attempt to fake an injury to gain time or ground they will be kicked from the team immediately, imagine that in soccer.....lmao
Oh and anyone making a cheeseburger armchair comment, I challenge you to ten minutes on the pitch with them.