Mens' Ba' - SMC215
is the Men's Ba', a ball game that takes place in Kirkwall
every Christmas and New Years Day. It has taken place, in
its present form, from about 1850 and has been in existence
for much longer.
The two teams are called the "Uppies" and the "Doonies",
which is derived from "Up-the-gates" and "Down-the-gates".
The Uppies win if they get the Ba' to the junction of Main
Street and New Scapa Road, the Doonies win if the Ba' enters
Kirkwall Bay, usually in the harbour basin.
The Men's Ba' is thrown-up at 1pm at the Mercat Cross, outside
St Magnus Cathedral.