Cammag is a sport which was developed in the Isle of Man. This game is similar to the Scottish sport of Shinty, and the Irish sport of Hurling. It was very popular in the Island until the 1900’s until Association Football was introduced, but it is now being played again today.
Cammag is usually played today in St. John’s. Cammag, which is a Manx word, as in the modern Scottish Gaelic and Irish caman, was derived from the Gaelic root word cam, which means bent.
The equipment of this game includes a stick, and a ball (crick or crig). Cammag can be played with around four to two hundred players. Back in the days, one whole town and some villages played a single game.
The cammag stick can be any stick with a bent end. The stick looks similar to the caman in Shinty. The ball, which is the crick, can be made of cork or wood.
- Hurling — a Gaelic outdoor team sport where players use a wooden stick to hit a ball between the opposing team’s goalposts.
- Shinty — Scottish team sport resembling field hockey, played with long curved sticks and a small ball which is hit through tall goalposts.
- Shinty-Hurling — a composite sport created to facilitate competitions between Shinty and Hurling players.