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Peffermill, 29/11/14, Dundee University

We had our last game of this year home to Dundee University. The men were on first and it proved to be a wholly positive display. It certainly wasn’t Edinburgh’s finest performance but they secured the deal sure enough with a 10-0 win.

Scorers: Conor Sweeney (6), Liam Thorne (2), Sean Taylor (2)

The women were then on after the guys had cleared the field. They seemingly had just as easy a time as the guys did and went on to gain a solid victory of 6-0.

Scorers: Sarah Pocock (3), Hannah Craig (2), Ciara MacPherson (1)

We will see you all in the New Year and have a fantastic Christmas!

Last Game of the Year

We’ll be having our last game of the year come Saturday home to Dundee. Times are TBC but it looks like it’ll be an earlier throw up at sometime like 12 for the lassies and maybe about 1.30 for the guys

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Musselburgh, 15/11/14, Strathclyde University

We had a big game this Saturday against our rivals Strathclyde. The venue had been changed due to an unplayable pitch at Peffermill and so instead we were sampling Tayforth’s ground out in Musselburgh. The women were on first and got set in about it straight away. The play was fairly concentrated in the middle of the park with no side managing to get the upper hand with the occasional niggle at each goal mouth. Without much give on either side Strathclyde final mounted an attack which led to a relatively long range shot which just about managed to trickle past every player Edinburgh and Strathclyde alike before running into the Edinburgh goal. The burgh lassies fought back hard to try and gain an equaliser but one could not be found and the game finished 1-0 to Strathclyde.

The men were then on straight after women. The guys’ game was fairly concentrated in the centre of the park also and the scoring was opened quite quickly after David Mackenzie found the Strathclyde net. However Strathclyde were quickly back on the attack and not too long afterwards had gained an equaliser. The game stood for the remainder of the first half and most of the second half in the middle of the pitch with attacks from either side amounting to very little. In the last third of the second half Edinburgh dug deep and pushed forward forming a solid attack on the Strathclyde goal and after some very scrappy play the net was found by Brendan Duggan who punched the ball through the defence crowding around the goal mouth. Edinburgh held on and with some fine defending managed to hold a 2-1 victory.

Scorers: David Mackenzie, Brendan Duggan

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Big Game This Saturday

This Saturday we will be having a big game against our rivals, Strathclyde. The Women’s throw up is at 11AM and the Men’s is at 1PM at the Peffermill Shinty Pitch. Come down and then we will be going for a drink afterwards.

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An Audience with Hugh Dan MacLennan

We have invited Mr Hugh Dan MacLennan through to Edinburgh to do a talk on the sport of shinty by using the medium of Gaelic.

It will be held in Teviot House Dining Room at 11AM on Friday the 25th. Refreshments will be provided.

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Shinty Open Session

Tomorrow evening we will be holding our shinty open session for Seachdain na Gàidhlig (Gaelic Week) at the university. It is open to anyone regardless of age or ability. All you have to bring is boots or trainers; shin guards and a gumshield if you have them, and some water. We’ll provide the rest of the equipment.

It will be running at 4-6PM at Peffermil 3G Pitch.

This session will be conducted bilingually through the mediums of Gaelic and English.

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Glasgow, 18/10/14, Glasgow University

The men and women’s teams were away to Glasgow this weekend to play Glasgow University in what was expected to be a tightly contested match. The ladies had their throw up at 1PM on the dot and we were under way very quickly. Their intensity was obvious after the scoring was opened in the very first minutes of the game. Glasgow were slightly shocked at the speed of the attack but were able to launch a few counter attacks which were expertly repelled by the defence. There was period of intense tussling in the centre part of the field before the Edinburgh attack broke away and slotted another goal past the opposition’s keeper. For most of the remainder of the first half Edinburgh dominated in attack and defence and then eventually a long range effort by the captain, Ciara MacPherson found the net. After a long and hard fought match the women were able to find another goal and end it with a solid victory of 4-0.

Scorers: Ciara MacPherson, Isla MacKay, Kirsty MacIntyre

After witnessing their female counterparts win a fine victory the men knew the pressure was now on to deliver the goods. With their throw up at 3PM they picked right up where the girls had left off. There was smashing of sticks and collisions a-plenty from the outset and the opener was found fairly quickly. Glasgow hit back on the counter attack and played a ball right across the front of the goal – what a chance – but it was played right over the bar. Edinburgh came back harder and by the end of the first half had put the score up to 7-0 – a massive lead. After a sluggish start to the second half they found the net again and again and soon Edinburgh had a lead of ten goals. After some position switching on Edinburgh’s part, there was a flicker of hope for Glasgow when they launched two potentially dangerous attacks. The first was dealt with easily enough and then the second required more scrappy defence to get rid of the ball. Three goals later – the match had ran its course. Edinburgh claimed a 13-0 victory.

Scorers: Ally Lamont, Brendan Duggan, Conor Sweeney, Duncan MacRae, Seth Jones

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Aberdeen, 11/10/14, Robert Gordon University

On Saturday the 11th of October Edinburgh University Shinty Club headed up to Aberdeen for a clash with Robert Gordon University. The women’s game had been called off but this by no means meant that the day was any less intensely fought. It was a fine sunny afternoon when it came to the throw up and we got right under way. RGU had improved considerably since their last meeting with Edinburgh and got stuck in putting our defence under pressure. Hamish Anderson, Colin Tarbat and Ruairidh Fraser held the back strongly with Ryan Balharry playing very effectively in the middle feeding the balls out of the danger zone quickly. The first goal came after a corner took a cheeky deflection off the scrum of bodies in the D and slipped in Noah Brown’s near post. Edinburgh didn’t let this faze them though and got wired straight back in. The equaliser was eventually found when after sustained attack allowed Ewan Menzies to feed the ball into Conor Sweeney who danced past a few players before giving Ally Lamont the perfect opportunity to burst the net – he did not disappoint. Now with the momentum Edinburgh pressed hard in attack. Robert Stone and Sean Tee ran the full length of the wings keeping the intensity up for the duration of the match. Halftime came – Edinburgh were not going to let this one slip away a draw. RGU came back with an attack forcing Brown to make his first real save of the match before the ball was quickly recycled and pushed high up the field. Sweeney was quickly on it and fed the ball into the feet of the captain, Duncan MacRae, who slid it into the opposition’s net. 2-1 and it was all still to play for. The attacks on either goal were heavy and sustained but in the end Edinburgh held out for a 2-1 victory. Not a massive margin but a good performance from the whole team. The Freshers, Liam Thorne and Flynn Button, gained some great experience from a tough match and they coped incredibly well – two great players in the making.

The team: Ally Lamont, Ciaran Tangney, Colin Tarbat, Conor Sweeney, Duncan MacRae, Ewan Menzies, Flynn Button, Hamish Anderson, Liam Thorne, Noah Brown, Robert Stone, Ruairidh Fraser, Ryan Balharry, Sean Tee

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Fresher’s Tournament

​On a very wet October morning the Edinburgh University Shinty Club headed to St Andrews for the annual Fresher’s Tournament, and this year the Representative Trials were also taking place there as well. It drew all the university shinty teams for a day to allow the teams to get back into the swing of things and for all the new players to get their first taste of game action. Tightly contested was the day which in the end saw an Edinburgh Strathclyde final for both the men and women’s teams. Sadly the ladies were beaten 3-0 but the game went all the way to extra time. The men managed to beat Strathclyde 1-0 and have retained the title of Fresher’s Champions with the captain Duncan MacRae scoring the only goal. It was a great contest and a brilliant opportunity for this year’s Freshers to get to grips with how the game is played and how to tussle with the opposition!

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