October 2007

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the mossíd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the mangold root
To a sweet wurzel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has oíer-brimmíd their clammy cells.

 J. Keats, 1820

October is the busiest month in the mangold hurling calendar.  The mangolds grow rapidly during September, so that when October comes they are ready for harvesting.

On the right you can see a selection of this yearís mangolds from the Associationís patch, laid out in an attractive and artistic fashion. There is a wide range of sizes, including little ones for the kiddies.

Array of Mangold Wurzels

Right: Placing the Norman while at the same time trying out the Mangold Hurling Associationís new pitching basket. Its special features include pointy bits on the bottom which stick into the ground to provide extra stability. Despite this technical innovation, the basket has been hand-made in the traditional way using local materials.

Placing the Norman
Nice tree

Left: The Associationís ace staff photographer risked his life to take this exciting action shot.  Normally it is extremely inadvisable to stand in between the pitching basket and the Norman. Happily on this occasion he was not hit, but things could have turned out very differently.

Thatís a nice tree in the background, isnít it?

Right: It is hard to believe that this gentleman had never previously hurled a mangold wurzel.  Some people just seem to be naturally gifted.

Nice tree
Nice tree

Crikey, look at that one go! A streamlined mangold in the right hands can be a deadly missile.

For tips on how to make your hurling as impressive as this, see our illustrated How to Hurl section.