Moreewyd's post was in perfect English. Shinty is a game that has been played for hundreds of years but is now mostly played in the north of Scotland (Alba). It was at one time I understand quite popular in England but was overtaken somewhat down south by normal field hockey. There are also connections between it and Ice hockey, lacrosse and of course hurling in Ireland.
You are of course perfectly correct in saying that Alba was originally a Gaelic word for Scotland or a part of it. It is in such common usage these days that I assumed wrongly that others would know what it meant. Please forgive me.