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Shinty faces league reconstruction issues

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Gary Innes | 08:28 UK time, Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The wait was over for Shinty players and fans alike on Saturday as the 2013 shinty season got well and truly underway.

With a full fixture card and glorious sunshine, supporters and clubs across the country pulled their respecive colours over their heads and took to their battle grounds across Scotland.

The start of a new season in sport is always an exciting time and with shinty is no different. With a period of around five months off and no competitive games, letting your hair down and eating lots of unhealthy food is easy. Getting back fit and in shape after the festive period is a different story altogether.

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Scotland must change to prosper

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BBC Sport blog editor | 18:43 UK time, Monday, 29 October 2012

Scotland's senior squad travelled to the Emerald Isle to play the second leg of the yearly shinty-hurling international.

Cusack Park, Ennis, County Clare was the venue of choice for the Irish who led 3-1 after the first game in Inverness. They secured a bonus point for scoring more than two goals, while Scotland's point came with only a minute to go. Kevin Bartlett and Lochaber's Neil Macdonald both scored to keep the tie alive.

With Patrick Horgan, the man who had scored 22 of Ireland's 25 points in Scotland the weekend before on holiday, Scotland would have been confident they could overcome the deficit.

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Late goals keep Scottish shinty/hurling hopes alive

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Gary Innes | 22:32 UK time, Monday, 22 October 2012

The first leg of this year's Shinty/Hurley International took place at the Bught Parks, Inverness at the weekend.

This is a compromised rules game that highlights the men from the boys, as both sports collide to compete for the annual title.

Scotland have not won the series since 2008 and were up against an extremely experienced Irish outfit.

From the off, Ireland pumped the ball high over the bar for points and full forward Patrick Horgan was on fire, knocking in three goals for an incredible tally of 22 of the visitors' 25-point haul.

The Scots battled hard but could not find the net... until the last minute of the game!

A deflected shot landed at Kevin Bartlett's stick and he pulled the ball away from nine-time 'all-star' Tommy Walsh to blast the ball high into the goal.

Before the Irish had time to react, Scotland had a 65-yard free which Lochaber defender Neil MacDonald casually walked up to.

The big Spean Bridge man skelped it high towards the goals and, with the goalkeeper holding a stick the size of a shovel, the ball dipped just underneath the crossbar to raise the roof off the Inverness stadium.

It was incredible! Scotland had scored 10 points in under 60 seconds.

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