Mowi International returns with a bang
Scotland’s journey to Newry, Ireland, for the highly anticipated Mowi Shinty Hurling International culminated in a compelling match, ending in Ireland’s triumph by 22-14.
The game, marked by intense sportsmanship and fervent energy, showcased the unwavering dedication and skill of both teams, leaving an indelible mark on the sporting landscape.
Amidst the fervour, heartfelt appreciation is extended to the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) for working hand in hand with the Camanachd Association (CA) and for the meticulous planning and seamless execution of the fixture, underscoring their commitment to promoting the spirit of international sportsmanship.
Additionally, the Down County Board’s warm hospitality and exceptional arrangements significantly contributed to the smooth execution of the event, fostering a congenial atmosphere for players and spectators alike.
Furthermore, the support and hospitality provided by the staff at the Canal Court Hotel added an element of comfort and ease to the players’ stay, contributing to the overall success of the trip. As the teams depart, the mutual respect and camaraderie fostered through this spirited encounter are sure to endure, leaving a lasting impression on both the players and the spectators.
Full scoring: Ireland 0-22 (22) Scotland 2-8 (14)
Points: Kevin Bartlett (3); Iain Robinson (1); Scott MacDonald (1); Steven MacDonald (3)
Goals: Kevin Bartlett (1); Ruaridh Anderson (1)
The Scotland man of the match award was given to Newtonmore’s Steven MacDonald for a fine performance in the centre of the park, spreading the ball beautifully out wide.
Derek Keir, CEO of the Camanachd Association, said: “The return of the Mowi International is the culmination of two years’ worth of work and desire from two sporting communities committed to providing an international performance pathway in their respective sports. The skills demonstrated by both sets of players alongside the commitment required to play shinty and hurling at the speed and pace it is played at is testament to the skill of all involved.
“This International represents a vital link born in our history and vital for our future success. Many thanks to our GAA partners, the CA staff and board, the coaching teams, our hosts in Down and to our sponsors Mowi for helping the whistle blow again for this incredible fixture.”
Katy McNeil, Head of Scottish Government Office in Ireland, added: “I was delighted to hear that the International Shinty Hurling match was returning this year as it is such a powerful example of the close and historic ties that exist between Scotland and Ireland.
“The skills, athleticism and commitment of both teams made for an exciting match. Thanks to the Camanachd Association and GAA for inviting us along – I look forward to supporting and growing the event in future years.”