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London hosts historic shinty game
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London Shinty reformed last year after a break of 10 years
The first competitive game of shinty to be played in London in more than 80 years will take place on 22 July.

London Shinty have got the go-ahead from the sports governing body, the Camanachd Association, to play a Bullough Cup match in the city.

The capital side will take on The Highlanders at Tir Connail pitches, Greenford, London.

London Camanachd reformed last year after an absence of 10 years. The club was originally formed 100 years ago.

Shinty is the traditional sport of the north and west of Scotland, played with sticks known as caman between teams of 12. The rules of the ancient game were formalised in the late 19th Century.

'Defining moment'

The London game will be a second leg encounter between the two teams.

They played each other in the same competition last year and The Highlanders won.

However, London Shinty's chieftain Eric Morrison, from Dingwall, said: "No matter what the result of the 22nd, a precedent has been sent.

"To be part of such a defining moment in the development of shinty, is something that gives us a lot of pride here at London Cam.

"We've learnt a lot of the last year and really feel that the results we had last year did not merit the work that everybody here as put in.

"We've really worked hard for the upcoming games, and with a great home support, we can do London Scots proud".

The throw up on 22 July will be at 1430 BST.

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