The sound was clearly of two hurls clashing - that's my point. It sounded like the hurls clashed full force. My claim would be that he was guilty only of using the hurley in a careless manner (the so called 'chop down' rule) which is a yellow card offence.
If he didn't make any contact with Blanchfield, he can't be done for striking the opponent. If he made contact with the hurley and not the man then I think it's reasonable to claim the former and not the latter was his target, which would be a valid defence to any 'attempting to strike' charge.