Hurling returns

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Irish Queenstowners go head-to-head with their Wellington brothers in a charity hurling match this Saturday.

New resort team Band of Brothers, right, take on Wellington GAA in the fastest field sport in the world.

Organiser and player Declan Malone says: “It’s a fundraiser for the Wakatipu Youth Trust.

“The last game [against Christchurch] went well and people who came down to watch enjoyed it.

“Hopefully we’ll get a few down for the Wellington game, and we’ll get a league going in the future.”

Canterbury GAA won 4-21 to Band of Brothers’ 4-11 in the first official hurling contest played in the resort, in April.

The traditional Gaelic game, which has similarities to hockey, is played by teams of 15, who use wooden axe-shaped sticks – hurleys – to hit the ball, more properly called a sliotar.

Throw-in is 1pm with cash donations welcome.