An excitable crowd gathered in the centre of Ashbourne for the start of play.
Friends from either side of the Henmore get into the spirit of the occasion.
Who says the game is about being macho?
Space at a premium as the day's play gets underway.
Steam rises from the crowd as participants use any platform around to try to get close to the ball.
No quarter given - or asked - as the ball is fiercely fought over.
The faces say it all as the players compete for the ball in the River Henmore.
Controlled chaos as the game continues.
The ball surfaces and more hands desperately try to grab hold of it.
A keen player takes a headfirst plunge.
Not a game for the faint-hearted.
Pure passion as the players find the ball within inches of their grasp.
Steam from the sweaty bodies rises as a player spots an ideal opportunity to take control.
The opportunity is grabbed with both hands.
The ball is suddenly launched - cue a mass scramble to catch up with it.
Climbing skills are a distinct advantage in this game. The honours were eventually taken by the Down'ards with the ball being goalled by Kevin Clarke shortly before 1830.
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