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Kirkwall Ba Game 2009 (54 pics)

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I just quote the Wikipedia article:
The Kirkwall Ba Game is one of the main annual events held in the town of Kirkwall, in Orkney, Scotland.
It is one of a number of Ba Games played in the streets of towns around Scotland; these are examples of traditional football games which are still played in towns in the United Kingdom and worldwide.
The two sides are the Uppies and the Doonies, or more correctly, "Up-the-Gates" and "Doon-the-Gates" from Norn gata (path or road), although it is also common in Scots.
Originally the side any individual played on was decided by whether he (or she) was born up or doon the gate but a hospital built in the 1950s made family tradition determinant.
For ferryloupers (incomers) and people from the isles or rural areas their side is determined by the route taken on their first arrival in Kirkwall, by family influence, or by the side their friends play on.
Recent housing developments favour the Uppie side to the point the Doonies are outnumbered almost 2-1 in modern games, and have only won a single game from 1998 to 2007.
The Men's Ba is thrown up at 13:00 at the Market Cross on the Kirk Green opposite the Cathedral, usually by an older Ba stalwart, but occasionally by some public figure, with up to 200 players eagerly awaiting the chime of the bells.
The Ba disappears into the scrum, which may spend some considerable time on Broad Street. Much exciting surging and turning play often occurs on this wider part of the street, which can frequently determine the final outcome.

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№1 Author: gerachev (15 Jan 2010 06:22) Total user comments: 1600


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№2 Author: donald (15 Jan 2010 09:18) Total user comments: 555


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i dont get the point
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№3 Author: 2fuzzy (15 Jan 2010 13:30) Total user comments: 10400


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Wow... pass...
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№4 Author: khannibal (15 Jan 2010 19:06) Total user comments: 4711


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№5 Author: DY (16 Jan 2010 01:07) Total user comments: 0


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donald, think Urban Rugby. And the point is the same as for any other sport. This takes a LOT more people.
Sounds like fun to me.
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№6 Author: Ty Webb (16 Jan 2010 07:11) Total user comments: 6156


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ok i only saw the ball once. Did somebody eat it and then they just started fighting??? It sounds like a big game of ''smear the queer" or ''kill the QB''.

it really looked like a lot of people huddling up and sweating. Very confusing.
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№7 Author: parodysrivas (16 Jan 2010 14:07) Total user comments: 934


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№8 Author: olexo (16 Jan 2010 16:13) Total user comments: 839


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nonsense
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№9 Author: InluxBDX (16 Jan 2010 19:23) Total user comments: 0


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Wired.
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№10 Author: space_bunny (17 Jan 2010 02:36) Total user comments: 0


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What a load of crap !!!!! Coming from a border town in Scotland. Hand Ba has been played for centuries and it is NOT football. We used to chop of an English prisoners head and play with it.
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№11 Author: russ (18 Jan 2010 08:29) Total user comments: 0


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Idiots
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№12 Author: nico (18 Jan 2010 10:46) Total user comments: 3050


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№13 Author: Grunt Callahan (20 Jan 2010 19:08) Total user comments: 2287


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I live in America, so clearly I have no clue.
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№14 Author: nolife (22 Jan 2010 01:31) Total user comments: 1907


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№15 Author: Real Deaf (14 Feb 2010 07:29) Total user comments: 1371


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№16 Author: shewentwhoa (9 May 2010 01:35) Total user comments: 1327


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looks like a massive orgy to me.
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