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Wednesday, January 15,1975


Page Seven


The land that brought you
golf and soccer has yet another
sport tucked away in its lochs
and moors. The game is shinty
and it's only played in the
Highlands and Islands of Scot-
Shinty may never reach the
outside world, however, because
the British government will not
invest in the Highland economy.
The sport is as old as the
tartan. The Stewart clan trained
for battle by swinging wooden
sticks at balls simulating clay-
mores and heads, respectively.
Shinty originated from, these
drills demanding courage, en-
durance and strength to win a
According to a British journ-
alist, "It makes hockey strict-
ly for sissies-almost every-
thing short of manslaughter is
legal, but rarely have I seen
more lavish sportsmanship."
Shinty parallels Irish hurling
except hands and feet aren't
used to move the ball.
A Scottish journalist comment-
ed, "What you . see makes
hockey bland and two dimen-
sional and what you don't ex-
pect isthe complex of skills
which seems to involve the
abilities of half-a-dozen sports."
After the players master the
use of the caman, the shinty
stick, the game becomes purely
mechanical. Seasoned players
fly the ball at 60 mph with the
flick of a wrist. One supporter
calls it "kamikazi hockey."
Despite its character, shinty
is losing popularity, not because

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Scottish sport

+ :.mimAsn sistence living for the majIr ty
of workers: crofters.
D a i The Scotch industry, whose
demand has doubled in recent
years, relies upon maintaining
S 1't ; Scottish tradition for its busi-
ness. Shinty, therefore, is a
NIGHT EDITORS: target for its efforts.
JEFF SCHILLER Among some of the Highland
LEBA HERTZ customs is the annual Dewar's
Whisky Shinty Tournament at
the Scots are any less daring the Kingussie Summer Festival.
nor that the sport is increasing- Another tradition happens in the
ly bland, but that the economic aftermath of the Cammanachd
outlook for the Highlands is Cup celebration where the tro-
poor. phy is filled with seven quarts
A few attempts to help shin. of Scotch and passed round the
ty are in the making, many room until empty.
involving tourism. The High- Although the distillers may
lands and Islands Develop- be doing what they can to pro-
ment Board and the Scottish mote shinty, the economic gap
Tourist Board advertise shinty between the Highlanders and
in their propaganda. They the Lowlanders is too wide to
plug "the day of the amateur" keep shinty growing in popu-
as the finals of the national larity and participation.
shinty cup, the Cammanachd In 1973 -the Sports Council of
Cup. Great Britain established a pro-
Education committees are gram to increase the use of its
trying to introduce shinty to sports facilities. Grants were
other sections of Scotland. awarded to all national and
Nevertheless, the basic prob- regional organizations budgeting
lem is that the Highlands have over $125,000 annually so that
little industry. Although some these groups could open their
enterprises are expanding, the facilities to the public.
barren terrain of the moors Despite its 37 teams, shinty
and the heather covered hills does not qualify under this spe-
offer little more than a sub- cification, and consequently got

no money.
As a self-supporting organiza-
tion, shinty's growth is limited.
The Kyles Athletic players,
winners of the 1974 Cam-
manachd Cup, contribute $1.20
dues yearly. They hold dances
and ceilidhs to draw additional
funds, and collect donations at
all matches.
Private cars provide trans-
portation to away contests.
Worse still, the Highlands of-!
fer little future for young men.
Celly Paterson, President of
K y l e s Athletic, commented,
"Unfortunately, in my opinion,
shinty is not increasing in popu-
larity because the young players
have to leave the Highlands to
seek work in the towns of the
Central Lowlands."
As in the US, the government
determines the state of the
economy. Since parliament is
heavily English-dominated, the
Scots are as bitterly opposed to
England as ever.
Parliament is considering
giving Scotland a self-govern-
ment, allowing it to deal di-
rectly with the Common Mar-
ket. The Scottish Nationalist
Party is supporting the legis-
lation, and the Labour and
Tory parties are leaning that
way in a bid for the Scottish

During the fall election the
SNP received one third of the
country's vote on slogans of
"national liberation" and "bring
the Scottish oil home." Evident-
ly, the Scots worry about the
decay of their culture and econ-
omy. They are tiring of English
domination that threatens to
ruin traditions like shinty and
now they have North Sea oil
with which to fight.
Meanwhile, the youth are
moving southward, and Scottish
unity is growing. Shinty, caught
in the middle, could go either
direction depending on the po-
litical developments. S h o u1 d
shinty die it will be a loss to
the sports world, but a unifying
step toward Scottish indepen-

Daily Photo by MARCIA MERKER
SHINTY, a sport of the Scottish Highlands, has been called a game for men of "ability, stami-
na and courage." At the Kingussie Shinty Tour nament, Kyles Athletic team member Peter
Turner attempts a caman block on his oppon ent from Kingussie. Kyles defeated Kingussie
for the second time in a row, the first being th e national shinty finals.

Frazier paces East win



By The Associated Press
PHOENIX-Walt Frazier, the
silky-smooth New York Knick
guard, popped in 30 points and
a d. ┬░rnined East virtually,
negated the opposing team's
giants en route to a 108-102 vic-
tory over the favored West in
the National Basketball Associa-
tion All-Star Game last night.
Frazier, starting in his sixth
consecutive All-Star Game, drill-
ed in 10 points in the first per-
iod and 12 in the third quarter
when the East appeared to pull
comfortably ahead 83-73 before
having to withstand a belated
West rally in the closing min-
.utes of the game.
His 30 points were the most
in an All-Star game since
Barry's 38 in the 1967 contest.
For his performance, Frazier
won the game's Most Valuable
Player award.
WHILE THE Knicks' cavtain:
was killing the West with his
bullseye shooting, the underdog
East's dogged defense held the
West's three towering centers-;
7-foot-3% Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
6-11 Bob Lanier and 6-10 Sam
Lacey-to a total of 15 points.
And the smaller East team
often denied the West a second
shot, utilizing its guile and ciln-
ping to box ont smartly 'under
the dpfensve boards.
Archibald of Kansas City-
Omaha and Barrv, of Golden
Stat?. ld the W-zt s'or"a.
Archibald, the scintillating b-
handling wizard, finished with
25 noints and Barrv, a fra-ron
of a nrrcentace point aed of
BRffalo's Bob McAdoo 'n the
NBA scoring race, collected 22.
JOHN 4TITCRK of Boston
added 16 points for the East and
McAdoo collected 11.
After the East's third-period

blitz, the winners widened their
margin to 12 points midway
through the final period and
still were ahead by 10 at 101-91
with four minutes remaining.
THEN THE West began its
cherge and cut the deficit to'
four points in the closing sec-
onds before Frazier completed'
the s:oring by sinking two freeE
throws with eight seconds to go.
The victory in the leagie's

s i l v er anniversary All-Star
Game gave the East a 16-9 lead
in the series. But the triumph
was only the second for the{
East in five years. Last year,
the West won 134-123 at Seattle,
where Lanier scored 24 points
and was the game's MVP. This
time, the Pistons' big man Fad
only two points.
EAST 108
Havijeek 7 2-2 16, Hayes 2 0-0 4,
McAdoo 4 3-3 11, Frazier 10 10-11 30,

Monroe 3 3-5 9, Tomjanovich 0 0-0
0, Unseld 2 2-2 6, Chenler 4 1-2 9,j
Cowens 3 0-0 6, Mix 2 0-0 4, White
1 5-6 7, Silas 2 2-2 6. Totals 40 28-33.
WEST 102
Barry 11 0-0 22, Haywood 1 0-0 2,
Abdul-Jabbar 3 1-2 7, Archibald 10
7-8 27, Goodrich 2 0-0 4, Wicks 7
2-3 16, Lanier 1 0-0 2, Scott 1 0-0 2,
Bing 0 2-2 2, Dandridge 2 0-0 4,
Lacey 2 2-2 6, Price 3 2-2 8. Totals:
43 16-19.
East 29 22 32 25--108
West 29 17 27 29-102
Fouled Out: None. Total Fouls:
East 25, West 26. A: 12,885.

Indiana's topI
By TOM CAMERON six minutes against a bunch
Indiana rules the Big Ten. of freshmen and sophomores,
After Saturday's 102-49 rout I think that shows what they
of Iowa and Monday's 79-59 think of our club."
trouncing of Minnesota. the Minnesota, who was upset by
Hoosiers, are on top of both the Ohio State over the weekend,
national rankings and the con- now holds third place in the Big
ference standings. Ten Standings with a 3-2 record.
The Hoosiers played most of The Purdue Boilermakers held
the Iowa game with their re- on to the second spot with a 4-1
serves, but ran into a little record as they nipped North-
t r o u b 1 e against Minnesota's western, 73-72, in overtime Mon-
zone defense in maintaining day.
their nerfect record.
Leading by a 43-37 margin e
hboinning the second half, In-'
d;ana came ouit and froze the:s ketball
hall for six minutes: forcing
Minnpsota o-t of its zone and
i"to a man-to-man defense. The Purdue struggled against a
Hoosiers went on to outscore zone defense as the Wildcats
th, Gophers 21-4. kept the game close. When the
Minnesota's Bill M'issleman Boilermakers seemed to have
jdsid not approve of the tacticsBolraes emdtohv
the Ho oerured to. Howi the game put away at 64-60, two
the Hoosiers turned to. How- i turnovers turned into baskets
ever, he /did accept the com- for Northwestern's Bob Svete.
nmliment. Purdue's Walter Johnson put
"The stall was good Ctra- the game away for Purdue as
tegy," Musselman admitted, he scored five of the last six
"But when the No. 1 team in points.
the country holds the ball for

Michigan State's upset of
Michigan leveled both teams'
records at 2-2 and placed
them in a three way tie for
fourth place with Ohio State.
In addition to surprising Mm-
nesota, the Buckeyes downed
Iowa, 94-77 Monday.
Ohio State shot a torrid 55
per cent from the floor to out-
pace the Gophers and pulled
away from the Hawkeyes late
in a ragged game which fea-
tured 55 personal fouls.
Iowa is presently tied for
seventh with Illinois at a 2-3
mark. The Hawkeyes have
dropped their last two games
while the Illini have won their
last two, topping Northwestern
64-60 and Wisconsin 72-56.
The Badgers remain in the
cellar with their unblemished
0-4 record.
Big Ten Conference play con-
tinues this weekend as Indiana
invades Northwestern, Michigan
travels to Iowa, Micaigan State
faces Minnesota, Illinois enter-
tains Purdue and Wisconsin
hosts Ohio State.

Wes Wolverine can play pool, ping pong, do his laundry,
watch color TV, and practice the piano at University
Towers Apartments.
4 month winter terma leases
now available
536 S. Forest Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 Phone (313) 761-2680


Sports of The Daily

women cagers
lose to E. Michigan

Al outpoints Aaron
NEW YORK (1) - Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali
won the Hickok Award today as the Professional Athlete of
the Year for 1974, with home run king Hank Aaron finishing
Ali received 49 first-place votes and 249 points in nationwide
balloting by sports writers and sportscasters for the 25th annual
award. Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth's all-time home run record
last year, got 47 first-place votes and 2241/2 points.
Golfer Johnny Miller was third with 21 first-place votes
and 160% points, followed by baseball's Lou Brock, 25 and 156,
and basketball star John Havlicek, 5 and 45.
This was the first time Ali had won the Hickok and came
after his greatest accomplishment, the October title fight victory
in Zaire over then-champion George Foreman.
And so Ali joined Floyd Patterson as the only men to regain
boxing's most coveted crown. But he was taking back a title
he had never lost in the ring, and one which he had first won
a decade before, in 1964.
NBA spurns Toronto
PHOENIX (P) -- The Toronto franchise was tabled tempor-

Special To The Daily
YPSILANTI - A flat tire al-
most detoured Michigan's wom-
en's varsity basketball team
on its way here last night, but
after a change of vans the team
finally made it. Although it
dropped a 56-37 decision to East-
ern Michigan, the Maize and
Blue played a spirited game.
Opening the season at Bowen
Field House, the Wolverine wo-
men came out fast, scoring the
first four points of the game.
The contest turned into a de-
fensive struggles for the re-
mainder of the half, with East-
ern holding the edge, 25-22.
The Hurons capitalized on
longjumpers, and their corner
shots were very effective. Mich-
igan worked on getting the ball
inside and this worked well in
the first half.
Free throw shooting helped

ing 6 for 6.
Michigan began the scoring
in the second half, while its
strong defensive play held
EMU scoreless for the first
three minutes.
The game remained a close
see-saw battle until EMU op-
ened up a 42-30 lead with eight
minutes left in the game. East-
ern outscored Michigan twelve
to two in an outburst of fast
breaking and layups.
Coach Carmen Borders said,
"Their fast break beat us,
but it didn't work until the
last six minutes of the
She also pointed out thaty
Michigan tired near the end of
the game.The Wolverines had
only eight players suited up.

The life of Europe
is mIrrored In its trains
"You haven't really savored the essence of the
Continent until you've chugged along in a second-class.
compartment and shared the sausage-and-Chianti of an
Italian family, or carried on a bouncing conversation in
broken French, or simply leaned back and observed the
European in his holiday-traveling mood.
"On most other occasions in Europe, the tourist is
likely to be a frenzied animal, divorced from a truly human
contact with the population. In a train, this remoteness
falls away.
"A moment occurs when the sights and sounds of
Europe become intimate and related to people-and that,
to me, is a thrill which no monument or museum can
ever provide."
If you're going to Europe, consider our trains. Our
Student Railpass gives you two months of unlimited
Second Class travel for $180. In Britain, a variety of
BritRail Youth Passes from $35 to $94 is available.
NOTE: These'passes are not available in Europe.
You must buy them here before you go. See your Travel
Agent or mail the coupon below. Prices subject to change.
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