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HEAVY rain didn’t stop play on Saturday as hardy Glenfinnan folk marked the Auld New Year with their traditional, annual shinty match, writes Ally Entwistle.
A respectable four inches of rain in the previous 24 hours ensured the pitch was suitably waterlogged for the event. But the locals are used to a drop of rain, so players teamed their camans with wellies and waterproofs.
In a closely-fought game spanning the generations, it was difficult to follow the play from the amount of spray generated by the enthusiastic players.
On a couple of occasions, the ball had to be pulled out of the ground, having being trampled into the muddy mass.
Referee Ingrid Henderson was light on the whistle and allowed the game to flow, resulting in some creative play.
The six spectators, including a Labrador dog, were treated to some hearty tackles and long shots at goal, resulting in plenty of spectacular slides on the sodden grass.
As the rain continued to beat down, the game ended in a respectable 1-1 draw, a result which all were happy to leave the field to celebrate.
Warriors of this year’s traditional New Year Glenfinnan shinty match. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
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