The sun has come out in Ireland (would you believe it?) and has us so excited for the upcoming All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship this summer!
Littlewoods Ireland will be bringing you all the #StyleofPlay action. If you have never been to a GAA match before though, or it’s a bit unfamiliar to you, here are some simple Do’s and Don’ts for following the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.
Do get to bed early the night before
Preparation is key before any match day, and you will need your rest for the day ahead. Have an early night, so you are up early the next morning buzzing with anticipation! Get a good hearty breakfast before you leave to set you up for the day!
Do wear your county colours
On GAA match day, there is always the most spectacular colours in the crowd. Do show your support by wearing your county colours. Go all out and get the flags and the headbands, it all adds to the occasion. Even go one step further and get the flags that clip onto to your car window!
Do respect the half time games and the band
During most matches these days, children get the wonderful experience of playing at half time. This experience can be like an All Ireland for children, so do support them and give them a massive cheer.
Also, always respect the band, who normally play before the match and during half time. They have most likely been practising all winter so do give them an enormous round of applause too.
Do sing Amhrán na bhFiann
Loud and proud folks. It’s our anthem, so clear lungs and belt it out. The round of applause and cheers that come after are worth it! Ina dhiaidh trí, a haon, a dó, a trí…
Do show your passion
Prepare yourself for the sheer noise that rings around a stadium on match day. Every player on every team needs your support, it’s what drives them on.
GAA fans are very passionate people, so it’s ok to become engrossed in the game and so your support from the sidelines. ‘C’mon!’
Do soak the atmosphere
Match day is a day like no other in the Irish sporting calendar. Take it all in, especially on the walks to and from the stadiums, where you will be surrounded by excited fans. The best part about the Championship is, it all repeats itself again the following week!
Don’t boo the free-taker
Can you even imagine the pressure of being the free-taker? Standing eyeing up the posts, and envisioning the ball splitting them. Lifting bits of grass to test which way the wind is blowing, and then waiting for the referee’s whistle to take your shot.
It’s a hard task for anyone, so respect the free-taker.
Don’t stand up and block others view
A cardinal sin in the GAA. People are very passionate during a match, so it’s best to not stand up and block their view. It may lead to some screams in your direction – I have you warned!
Don’t leave until it’s over!
Just don’t do it. You never know what’s going to happen in any GAA match. Injury time can last well over five minutes, which is enough for anything to happen, especially in Hurling when the game moves at the speed of light!
It is these moments towards the very end, that can be the most exhilarating and thrilling. So sit tight, and wait for the final whistle!
Don’t give up hope if your team lose
Every team needs your support. A lost game can be defeating and disheartening, especially towards the final stages of the Championship, but do not give up.
Be proud of your county and where you are from, and cheer them on for the next match they play, it can make all the difference!
Littlewoods Ireland are proud sponsors of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Keep yourself up to date with all the #StyleOfPlay action right here!