A game from the town of Kirkwall which involves two sides, the uppies and the doonies, attempting to get a ball made of cork covered in leather to opposite goals on each side of the town. There are no rules and no limit on team size. Often there is 100 to 150 on each side. Uppies have got to get the ba to a wall, Doonies have to get the ba to the harbour and in the water. When the Ba is scored the winning team members then fight to determine the winner of the Ba.
The game is only played on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
"The Ba is gan doon this year!"