X amount of years ago when he was in little school, little Bill Y attempted to play a sport called Hurling.
NB: For those not from Ireland where it is mainly played or those who are not familiar with it, Hurling is an amazing sport played with a stick (hurley) and a leather ball (sliotar). The object of the game is to hit the sliotar with the hurley between the opponents goalposts, either over the crossbar (one point) or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points. Hurling is thought to be the world's fastest field team sport in terms of game play and is very similar to Lacrosse but the players aren't padded.
Bill Y picked up the hurley for the first time and was wondering if he was holding it right. All of a sudden he was the recipient of a smack in the head and fell to the ground. I won’t bore you with the hospital details, suffice to say there is a permanent mark on the Y head to remind of the fun of that day. The lesson learned was not that Hurling is a dangerous sport (well okay, it is a dangerous sport) but that 8 year old kids not wearing protective headgear when confronted with other 8 year old kids and a stick, is a dangerous sport!