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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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Scots and Irish meet again in shinty-hurling

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Gary Innes | 13:20 UK time, Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The first leg of this year's international between Scotland and Ireland takes place this weekend at the Bught Parks, Inverness. This is the only opportunity shinty and hurling have to perform in an international fixture through the compromised rules set-up.

The sport of shinty is predominantly played off the ground, while its sister sport hurling is more commonly played in the air. Both sports, however, play off the ground and air making the two rules combined a very exciting and physical match-up.

The points system has slightly changed this year with five points now being awarded for a goal instead of the traditional three. I'm thinking the new rule is hoping to spur on both countries to try for goals instead of hitting long range efforts over the bar.

This however won't stop the Irish from keeping the scoreboard ticking over with long range efforts.

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Shinty faces up to season's end

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Gary Innes | 21:15 UK time, Monday, 8 October 2012

Shinty's Premiership closed its gates on Saturday afternoon for the 2012 season after the final whistle rang out at the Dell between Kingussie and Inveraray.

Euan McMurdo and David MacPherson had given Inveraray a two-goal advantage before King's Lee Bain struck back shortly before halftime.

Neither team found the net in the second half leaving Inveraray the joys and spoils of driving back to Argyll with both points in the bag.

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International miss leaves Innes dark blue

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Gary Innes | 13:59 UK time, Monday, 1 October 2012

The little village of Spean Bridge was celebrating this weekend as Lochaber Camanachd secured Premiership promotion from the North.

It was set to be top v bottom as Lochaber were to face league strugglers Strathglass at Spean to lift the North 1 Marine Harvest trophy.

However news came through on Friday evening that Strathglass could not raise a team, and had awarded Lochaber the points.

All a bit of an anticlimax for the Lochaber team; however, as news filtered through, the bar started to fill, as did the glasses, as the supporters congratulated their champions.

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