This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 5 °C Thursday 20 February, 2020

Fracas to fisticuffs - a definitive ranking of GAA fight terms

Who knew there were so many words for ‘fight’.

Source: Presseye/Russell Pritchard/INPHO

2015 WAS JUST four days old when we had the first fight of the new year during the Dr. McKenna Cup game between Tyrone and Armagh.

Now, while we don’t condone the actions of either side, it did get us thinking about the words the GAA commentators tend to use to describe various levels of violence on the field.

With that in mind, we decided to power rank them all:

10. Handbags

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

9. An exchange of views

Source: ©Russell Pritchard/Presseye

8. Fisticuffs

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

7. A Scuffle

6. Getting to know each other

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

5. Bumper cars

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

4. A fracas

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

3. A brawl

Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

2. A schmozzle

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

1. A melee

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

10 key proposals for the future of minor players in the GAA

Joe Brolly thinks modern Gaelic Football is ‘depressing’

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Steve O'Rourke

Read next: