Sports not mentioned so far in this thread include the still-popular
Irish sport of hurling (imagine two cricket teams in a open brawl with
their bats - I think that's how hurling began). A Dublin newspaper
called the Freeman's Journal carried a notice on 30 Sept 1775 of a
"grand hurling match" between the county of Tipperary and the Lower
Ormond "band of hurlers." I am not aware of hurling being played in
Road bowling, also called "long bullets" because it involves throwing
cannon balls, was a popular gambling sport in America (there have been
posts on this list about it giving period accounts) and remains a
popular traditional sport in the southern part of Ireland (county
Cork, to be specific). But this was not a team sport.
Don N. Hagist
22d Regt. F.
Author of "A British Soldier's Story: Roger Lamb's Narrative of the
American Revolution" (http://ballindalloch-press.com)
"General Orders: Rhode Island" (http://heritagebooks.com)