Let the games begin

The annual tradition of Hand Ba' has been taking place Jedburgh. The game, which dates back to 1914, is based on a version of medieval football.

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The Uppie boys beat the Downies

It was a close match in the boy's Hand Ba' match in Jedburgh today.

The Uppies beat the Downies 5-3.

Callum Young, Gary Munro, Robbie Douglas and Rory Smith all scored for the Uppies, with Rory scoring twice.

The Downies got their three points form Nick Arnold, Robbie Yourston and Craig Hal.

The men's game is currently underway.

Hand Ba': 'it just gets a grip of you'

The annual Borders tradition of Hand Ba' is underway in Jedburgh.

The game, which dates back to 1914, is based on a version of medieval football.

Centuries ago, it would have involved the use of an Englishman's head, but now uses a ball with ribbons.

Billy Gillies has been involved with the sport for more than 60 years and told ITV Border why he thinks it's endured for so long:

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Jedburgh prepares for annual Hand Ba' contest

Jedburgh has been making preparations ahead of their annual Hand Ba' game.

Shop owners have boarded up their windows in preparation for the main Hand Ba' competition Credit: ITV News Border

The game, which dates back to 1914, is based on a version of medieval football.

The boy's game began at 12pm and the men are due to play at 2pm Credit: ITV News Border

It was once played all over Scotland, but today Jedburgh is one of only a few towns that keep up the tradition.

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