SHINTY-hurling is a hybrid sport which was developed to facilitate international matches between shinty players and hurling players. Shinty-hurling is one of few team sports in the world without any dedicated clubs or leagues. It is currently played by both men’s and women’s teams only in tournaments or once-off internationals. The women’s form of the game is called shinty/camogie. Ireland are a leading team in the sport, claiming the Hurling/Shinty International Series for a fourth consecutive year in 2012. Often a hurling ball is used for one half of the game, and a shinty ball in the other. The goals that are those used are from hurling, with three points awarded for a goal (in the net under the crossbar) and 1 point for a shot over the crossbar. A stationary hit taken straight from the ground and shot over the crossbar scores two points. Only goalkeepers may catch the ball and this must be released within three steps. Players may not kick the ball, but can drag the ball with their foot.