Hurling and Update


I realised after my two posts so far about my match engine that a lot of people are unaware of what hurling is. Unless you are from Ireland you probably dont know what it is. Well its a sport that comes from Ireland and is probably one of the oldest sports in the world. Its a field sport of two teams each with 15 players. You win by outscoring your opponent. Scoring is done by putting the ball over the goals but between the two side posts which is one point or into the goals which is a goal but considered 3 points. The game is played with a wooden stick and small ball. You control the ball and hit the ball using the stick. You can also hold the ball in your hand but for a limited amount of time.

There is one goalie on each team and then every other player matches up to an opponent and you mark him for the match (or until some change happens). There are 6 defenders, two midfielders and 6 forwards. Tackling is done by shouldering your opponent or sticking your hurley in the way to knock the ball loose. Its a very physical sport and a very fast sport. A match is made up of two halves each 30 or 35 minutes long. A team can use three subs in a match to replace players on the field already. The field is quite long at 135-145m.

Thats a quick overview of the sport and I encourage you to find out more or watch videos if you are interested as it is one of the best sports in the world. I may be biased but the amount of speed, skill, strength and everything that goes into the game makes it one of the most enjoyable to watch and play.

A small update on the engine now. I am currently running a lot of simulations with varying teams to try and see how the results are turning out. The numbers seem good enough so far but Ill continue to tweak them to try improve accuracy. I have written a small program that will read in reports and then output stats such as average goals, points, wins per team to csv files. These are very handy for checking the numbers.

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