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First blood to Irish in shinty/hurling challenge

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Gary Innes | 22:52 UK time, Monday, 24 October 2011

The first of the two shinty/hurling internationals took place on Saturday in County Kildare, Ireland. The lovely town of Athy was the venue and had, just two weeks earlier, finished celebrating winning the senior football championship final for the first time in 24 years.

The Scotland squad flew out on Friday morning from three different airports to Belfast then coached for four hours down to Athy.

This was to prove an expensive four hours for some.

It all started like most bus trips do with you finding a seat then someone pulls out the cards.

Skipper Norman Campbell's game of choice was seven card brag. Now I'm not a card man myself, but after the 15th or so hand I think I was beginning to understand it, a little...

As the game continued to go round, the cash continued to fly from the wallets much to the dismay of Lochaber's Shaun Nicolson, who had played for over three hours and hadn't won a single hand.

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Day Scots shinty squad had armed police on red alert

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Gary Innes | 21:16 UK time, Monday, 17 October 2011

It's becoming a bit of a theme here with only two games managing to beat the weather this past weekend in the Scottish Hydro Premier Division.

Newtonmore took another step towards winning their second consecutive league title when they brushed aside Oban Camanachd 5-0 at the Eilen (pictured).

Four goals from More's Glen Macintosh and a single from Camanchd Cup hero Danny Macrae secured both points for the Badenoch club. This win now sees Newtonmore and Kyles Athletic both sitting on 27 points at the top. Kyles, however, have a game in hand over their old enemy.

Glenurquhart finished their 2011 season with a 4-1 away win over relegated Glenorchy. Two goals apiece from John Barr and Liam Girvan put the Drum men out of sight. Glenorchy did, however, manage to pull one back through John MacNulty.

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Mud, sweat and tears for shinty

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Gary Innes | 11:03 UK time, Wednesday, 12 October 2011

All fixtures in the Scottish Hydro Premier Division bar one, were once again cancelled due to the wet weather.

The one place that did manage to beat the mud baths was Glenorchy, who hosted Lovat.

Lovat's Owen Ferguson and Greg Matheson both bagged a brace in a 4-0 win for the Kiltarlity men.

This was a must win game for Lovat in order to try and keep their Premier survival chances alive but, despite this win, Lovat are not yet out of the woods.

With Glenorchy already relegated, this leaves one relegation spot remaining.

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Shinty season draws to a close

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Gary Innes | 18:18 UK time, Tuesday, 11 October 2011

All fixtures in the Scottish Hydro Premier Division bar one, were once again canceled due to the wet weather.

The one place that did manage to beat the mud-baths was Glenorchy, which hosted their game against Lovat. Lovat's Owen Ferguson and Greg Matheson both bagged a double resulting in a 4-0 win for the Kiltarlity men.

This was a must win game for Lovat in order to try and keep their Premier survival chances alive, despite this win Lovat are not yet out of the woods. With Glenorchy already relegated, this leaves one relegation spot remaining. With only one league game left for both Lovat and Inveraray who are sitting joint, one point ahead of Oban Camanachd who however have two league games to play, things are really heating up at the bottom of the league.

Glenorchy versus Lovat

Glenorchy v Lovat was the only fixture to survive a wet weekend.

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How do we teach people about shinty?

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Gary Innes | 20:47 UK time, Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Having lived in a city and travelled around a fair bit, when you mention you play shinty, people usually look at you like you have just robbed them, or say you are crazy!

Shinty does have a reputation for being a dangerous/violent sport; however, more serious long-term injuries occur while playing football and rugby.

A lot of the art in shinty is actually learning how to protect yourself while in close quarters with your opponent, yet too many times I've heard our sport being called "legalised violence" from the uneducated.

So how do we educate?

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