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Replying To Albannach:  "Cork wrapped in leather.

I don't know about the exact dimensions but a shinty ball is a good bit smaller than the sliotar.

Now I come to think of it I have no idea what they use in the international series."
I'd say they might have tried playing a half each with the different balls at some time during the competition's history.

The hurley sliotar is made the same way to my knowledge so It might just be like playing with a size 4 for us.

Suas Sios (None) - Posts: 1344 - 24/10/2017 22:54:36    2057726


Looked as if they were playing on a council pitch. A remarkable difference between the compromise football rules glamour and publicity compared to what was on show on Saturday in Scotland.

Paperboy (Tyrone) - Posts: 11 - 25/10/2017 13:53:52    2057869


It literally is council pitches.

I have no earthly idea why the Bught is used. It's not in the shinty heartlands of Badenoch, Lochaber or Argyll. The surface, traditionally excellent, has been terrible for years and the stand facilities like a village rugby club.

The other options are An Àird at Fort William but the night out for the committee men wouldn't be as good as Inverness. Also, Mossfield in Oban but Man Utd couldn't afford to stay in Oban in the October holidays.

In any case even those three are no bigger or fancier than what you see as you drive through any Irish town or village and the soccer pitches are too small.

Albannach (Galway) - Posts: 7 - 26/10/2017 01:36:26    2058042