Report & Photos from Saturday's Shinty/Hurling/Camogie Exhibitio 2014-01-13 20:52:00

Report and Photos from Saturday's Shinty / Hurling / Camogie Exhibition Games - Mon, 13 Jan 2014

University of Edinburgh Shinty club were welcomed to Russell Park on Saturday afternoon as they arrived to play St Brigids in two hurling / shinty and camogie exhibition matches. Basked in a glorious low lying winter sun, a large crowd turned out to view both games with the camogie game  first on show. The rules were simple, players could not make contact with the sliotar with their hands or feet, something that proved difficult initially for the Irish side! However, it didn?t take the Brigids ladies long to adapt and they soon lead 3 goals to no score after a fine goals from Clodagh Rodgers and Niamh Adams.

The visitors responded well and had reduced the margin to 2 goals at the half time interval, their fine long range ground striking a sight to behold for the on looking crowd. Once again the Irish side responded and despite not having any competitive camogie since October, they pulled clear in the final 10 minutes to claim an 8-04 to 3-01 win.

The mens game followed soon after and as with the ladies game it was the Irish side that began brightest, Daire Plunkett and Cathal Doyle adapting to the shinty rules with ease. An early Ciaran O Reilly goal was soon followed by three Karl Rogers points and goals from Dave Smyth and Conor Morris, as Brigids dominated the opening period. However, the Scottish side awoke from their slumber in the second period and scored four goals of their own, the pick of which came from a 25 metre free which was hammered to the roof of the net by Hamish Marshall.

Despite the late Scottish revival, Brigids stood firm to run out 6-10 to 4-01 winners. The large crowd then proceeded to the clubhouse In Russell Park where food, entertainment and craic flowed late into the evening. St Brigids Director of Hurling Tim O Mahony and Chairman Billy Quane thanked Edinburgh for their visit and the two wonderful exhibition games and said the club would love to take up the invitation of a return visit to Edinburgh in the near future to keep the strong Gaelic link between both countries alive.

More photos from Saturdays games here;

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St Brigids GAA Club,
Russell Park, Navan Road, Dublin 15