St Andrews University Shinty Club

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
St Andrews University
Full name St Andrews University Shinty Club
Gaelic name Comann Camanachd Chill Rimhinn
Nickname Saints
Founded 1967
Ground John Seamans' Arena, St Andrews
Manager Yoda
League University Leagues
Reserve Manager Cicero
3
Home
Away

St Andrews University Shinty Club is a shinty club from the town of St Andrews in Fife. Representing the St Andrews University, the club now plays in the University Shinty league but had a long history of competition in the South Leagues.

History[edit]

Due to lacking a strong Highland community like the other three ancient University towns in Scotland, St. Andrews was the last university to enter the senior leagues. Shinty was reintroduced by medical students in 1967, who were looking for an unusual activity to participate in. To this day, the vast majority of St Andrews players are entirely unfamiliar with the sport before they come to the university.

The club enjoyed a more fruitful late 2000s, finishing above Edinburgh and equalled with Aberdeen in the 2007 Littlejohn, winning the St Andrews Sixes tournament and beating London Camanachd, the club has also benefited from players playing for both the Aberdour Shinty Club and Shinty in the United States, gaining valuable experience.

The club has achieved great success off the pitch, with a membership which far outstrips most shinty clubs in Scotland, the team has many secret traditions handed down from chieftain to chieftain. On joining, one may only discover these traditions, never ask, the team's annual ceilidh is so riotous that the club was infamously banned from having free bars.[1]

The club's women's team has also been successful in recent years, the club originally played in the Women's Shinty League setup but were often overmatched. However, in the 2010s, with a large intake every year of new students, the club has managed to achieve University league success.

The club hosts the annual St. Andrew's Sixes for the Fingal Memorial Shield, this event hosts teams from around the world, many made up of alumni of the University who have gone on to found shinty teams where they live.

External links[edit]