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Oklahoma's Blake Bell, Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard experienced Gaelic sport during summer trip to Ireland

by Jason Kersey Published: July 24, 2013
Oklahoma's Trey Millard may be a standout on the football field, but he called hurling, which he tried during a summer trip to Ireland, "impossible." PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma's Trey Millard may be a standout on the football field, but he called hurling, which he tried during a summer trip to Ireland, "impossible." PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Oklahoma football standouts Blake Bell, Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard experienced sports abroad this summer while studying in Ireland.

Along with volleyball senior Morgan Reynolds, the football trio traveled as part of an upper-division sociology course called “Sport and Culture in Ireland.”

Among the biggest takeaways for Ikard and Millard? Most Gaelic Athletic Association athletes aren’t paid.

“It was interesting to see guys that play at the highest level, just playing for pride and for country and the love of the game, not monetary reward,” Ikard said.

They even got to try their hand at some traditional Irish sports. Through a company called “Experiencing Gaelic Games,” the Sooners played Gaelic football and hurling — two of the country’s most popular sports.

Gaelic football is similar to soccer with a few differences, including the ability to use your hands.

Both Ikard and Millard said hurling, similar to field hockey and lacrosse, was one of the hardest sports they’ve ever played.

“Hurling is impossible,” Millard said. “I did the Gaelic football and I was a lot better at that one. But the hurling was insanely tough.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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