At 2.00pm on Saturday 27th October, BBC ALBA is transmitting the Scotland-Ireland creative mayhem which is their annual international Shinty v Hurling international. Imagine refereeing.
They say: ‘The ash will clash in this international match as Ireland welcome Scotland this Saturday.’
It’s Ireland turn to host the contest - the second leg of this year’s Marine Harvest Shinty/Hurling International Series – and it is to be at Ennis in County Clare on the west coast, on the great estuary of the River Shannon, the longest in Ireland.
BBC ALBA will broadcast the match which sees Scotland looking to overturning the deficit in the Series after losing 25-19 to Ireland in Inverness on Saturday last.
As usual, Hugh Dan MacLennan will be doing the commentary for BBC ALBA with match analysis from Inveraray’s Dave MacPherson.
The programme will also have a special feature with Scotland Manager Drew McNeil, discussing the challenge of combining club and international management; and of his hope that through international competition the standard of shinty can continue to increase.
Two of the national players of the year, Daniel Cameron (Oban Camanachd, South Division 1 Player of the Year) and Shaun Nicolson (Lochaber, North Division 1 Player of the Year), talk about the fine season each has enjoyed with their clubs. They also reflect on the challenge of moving from Division 1 shinty to the international game, and how much it means to them to represent Scotland.