Defeat to Lochcarron brings unbeaten run of games to a close

June 16th, 2018 No comments

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The club’s record unbeaten run came to an end with a 5-2 home defeat to Lochcarron. Dukey scored his sixth of the season to draw us level early on, but Lochcarron went away with it early second half, Ally drew it back to 4-2 but na Carranaich went home with 5 goals to stop us going 5 without loss. Thanks to Lochcarron for coming over, always appreciate their support for shinty in Lewis and Harris. It’s been a good month though, and shows the great potential the club has with dedication, effort and organisation. Thanks also to all who came and supported, including Ina and Crisdean Mòr coming all the way from Achmore (Stromeferry not the Lewis one!). Taing mhòr gu Ina airson na dealbhan cuideachd! Bu mhath ur faicinn.

We now face a run of three challenging home fixtures over the next wee while, Lochaber, Lovat then Kilmallie. Hopefully the clubs are all able to make the trip to Lewis this season.

Top Scorers

Paul Duke 6

Donald Lamont, David Cleary 3

Ally Lamont, Peter Gomez, Alexander Gordon, Crisdean MacRae 1

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Photos by Ina MacRae

3-3 Draw vs Cabers makes it four games unbeaten

June 10th, 2018 No comments

With a 3-3 draw at home to Caberfeidh, Camanachd Leòdhais club marked four league games undefeated in a row, the best run in the club’s history to date, thanks to a Paul Duke hat-trick. Dukey’s hat-trick was his first for the club, Duncan MacIntyre holds the record of hat-tricks with three. Dukey also raced into the lead with the race for the drams, bring his total up to 5 goals with the season not even halfway over, two a head of Donald Lamont and David Cleary.

The draw took us level with Beauly in 6th on 7 points, but behind them on goal difference. The fact that Cabers are still undefeated and actually went top of the table after the game shows how good a point this was. The team they replaced at the top, Lochcarron, visit Shawbost next Saturday and games with the Wester Ross side have always been great occasions in the past. Make sure you come along and support, it makes all the difference as we look to maintain our unbeaten home record.

You can read Caberfeidh’s take on the match here, thanks to them for a great game as always:

School News

The Nicolson Institute Shinty team travelled to sunny Plockton last week to compete in a 6 a side tournament. The school was represented by two teams who competed against teams from Plockton H.S, Lochaber H.S, Portree H.S and Inverness Royal Academy.
They gave a very account of themselves, playing some good shinty in a very sporting manner. The Nicolson more than held their own, winning 5 out of the 8 matches contested by NI teams.
NI Shinty takes places every Friday 14.00 to 15.00, all are welcome.

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Back to winning ways at the Bught: Inverness 0 – Leòdhas 3

June 3rd, 2018 No comments

The club recorded its first win at the Bught Park since 2015 with a three nil win over a youthful Inverness second team. This was the club’s third game without defeat thanks to goals from Donald Lamont, David Cleary and an own goal in the first half. The game was an agreed switch of venue between the sides, which will see Inverness now travel to Sgoil Shiaboist later in the year. The win lifts the club into 7th in the table, 1pt ahead of Strathspey who have played a game less.

In the next two weekends old friends Caberfeidh and Lochcarron will travel for successive Ross-shire derbies at Siabost. Come along and the support the Dubh is Gorm.

Tributes paid as Will Church sets sail for pastures new

May 20th, 2018 No comments

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Camanachd Leòdhais paid a fond farewell to one of its undoubted legends after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Beauly.  Will Church was not able to sign off from his shinty career with a 40th career goal from 68 games, but he did have the benefit of seeing that the future of the club is bright, as young Alexander Gordon’s goal helped secure a point at Shawbost, and several other youngsters played an important part.

 

Having moved to Lewis at the beginning of the 2010s for work, Will came to the sport of shinty  fairly late, being picked up thanks to a taster session at the HebCelt in 2011 where his ability to gave a ball a good smack was evident straightaway, and he would make up for lost time by going on to have a seismic impact for a developing Lewis shinty team lacking a true goal threat in its early years.

 

After a few substitute appearances in our first league season, he chose the greatest moment to score his first goals for the club – a brace against Uist which brought home the trophy which the club had set out to capture when it was reformed in late 2006. The photo at the top of the page is one of the iconic pics of an incredible year.

 

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His 2012 season saw him begin to find his way in his new sport, and a hand injury against Strathglass brought about the famous ice hockey gauntlets which were to become his calling cards as his unorthodox but effective playing style caused North Three defenders nightmare. He soon found his feet and would go on to be the top scorer in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

 

Marriage and family commitments meant that Will took a step back at the end of the 2016 season, but still made an occasional goal scoring appearance in 2017. However, he has now made what is surely his last appearance in the Dubh is Gorm, as he and his family are making the bold move to Sweden where they go with the club’s very best wishes ringing in their ears. Thanks for the memories Will. Gur math thèid leibh anns an t-Suain!

 

Will Church with 2018 Club Captain Peter Gomez, Donald Lamont

Will Church with 2018 Club Captain Peter Gomez, Donald Lamont

 

Donald Lamont made the following impassioned speech at a special function after the Beauly game that was held to mark Will’s contribution to the sport of the Gael in Lewis and Harris.

 

Today marked game number 68 for Will – finishing on an incredible total of 39 goals. It is hard to believe that was his last game in a Lewis shirt as he and his family set off on a new adventure in Sweden at the end of the month, although I still haven’t lost all hope of seeing Finn wear the famous Number 10 shirt in a few years time.

 

“It is great to see so many of our junior players here, who are stepping up to the plate and thriving in our squad at such a young age, I am particularly pleased they are here because although they played very little with Will – the man I am about to describe is what they should be aspiring to when they wear the famous Dubh is Gorm – above all else Will is a role model who epitomises the values of this club.

“Will is one of the best team mates I have ever had the pleasure of playing with. He knew what to say when things weren’t going well and he was more pleased than anyone if you succeeded. Throughout the years as a club when we have struggled on the park it is characters like Will that have brought us through, kept us going, encouraged us and made us do ridiculous circuit sessions in the dead of winter when every other sane shinty player is having a well earned rest. But that is the drive we need and we must ensure we follow Will’s example.

“Everyone will have their own favourite Church moment or goal: Winning the 2011 Mod Cup with a 2 goal salvo ensuring one of the greatest return journeys in the history of sporting away fixtures. Glè mhath were the boys! A last minute equaliser versus Strathglass at Cannich when all seemed lost. A jaw dropping individual goal at the Bught in a 3 nil defeat of Inverness. When we needed some magic to happen Will always provided it. Our famous 1-0 win at Castle Leod in 2015 – who scored? Will.When we beat Kilmallie for the first time who got the first goal that day? Will.

“Off the field Will is a devoted family man which has meant we haven’t seen as much of him lately but Jinxy made this comment which I think is a fitting way to end this tribute. “An intelligent guy with a sharp wit. Loves a good rum and is even more of straight shooter with a few drinks in him.”

“As a club we are going to miss Will hugely and we, Camanachd Leòdhais, wish him all the best for his new life in Sweden. We hope you stay in touch and keep following the fortunes of the club online.”

Will Gomez

3-3 Home Draw v Strathspey, Beauly visit on 19th May

May 18th, 2018 No comments

The first home game of the season played against old sparring partners Strathspey was a game that was affected by the strong West Side wind, and saw us race ahead 3-0 thanks to a goal by Donald Lamont and a brace by David Cleary but then Strathspey level it at 3-3 but for us then to hold on. It was an exciting match and one that showed the renewed resilience of our side this season.

For the statistically minded, it was also the first time the club has taken at least a point from the homecoming fixture since entering the leagues.

Also thanks to finding some scoring form this year,  here is the goalscorers chart in the Race for the Drams.

David Cleary 2

Paul Duke 2

Donald Lamont 2

Crisdean MacRae 1

Peter Gomez 1

Up this Saturday 19th is a home game against Beauly. We have already played Beauly in the Sutherland Cup, succumbing to a 5-0 defeat at Braeview Park.  This will be a challenging fixture but one that will hopefully see manager John Macaskill continue to blood our young squad.

Leòdhas V Beauly, Sgoil Shiaboist
Saturday 19 May
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Sponsors 2018

May 12th, 2018 No comments

Thank you to local family butcher W J MacDonalds LTD for sponsoring our match balls once again this year. They have been with us since we joined the league in 2011 and we very much appreciate their support.

Thank you to our shirt sponsors Woody’s Express Parcels, the number one stop for all your delivery needs.

Thank you also to Outer Hebrides Campervan Hire who are sponsoring our home games this year. They have campervans available that you can hire to travel throughout the Outer Hebrides.

We would also like to thank Lewis & Harris Rangers Supporters Club for agreeing to host our post-match meals this season as well as Stag Bakeries for providing us with rolls.

Finally, a huge thank you to John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance for all their work in making sure Shawbost pitch is in tip-top condition! They really do some excellent work!

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Away win in Cannich! 4-0 to the lads!

March 31st, 2018 No comments

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A big win and the first away win in three years! The boys played well to go in 2-0 in at halftime thanks to goals from Dukey and Gomez. Strathglass might have felt aggrieved to go in two down on the balance of play, but we came out and kicked on in the second half with excellent goals from Donald and a screamer from Dukey. Great performances all over the park kept Strathglass at bay to secure a first win in Cannich.

Under 14 match – Leòdhas 4 Beauly 9

March 24th, 2018 No comments

The weather held out just long enough on Saturday 24th March for everyone to enjoy a fantastic morning of junior shinty as our u-14 side hosted Beauly in a well-contested affair at Smith Avenue.

Beauly took the lead in the first couple of minutes but Lisa Mason equalised from a corner. Beauly then got their noses back in front just before the half time whistle.

The second half saw goals galore. Murdo MacRitchie equalised for Lewis shortly after the restart before a Beauly goal blitz saw them take a 5-2 lead. Lisa smartly deflected a Stewart MacRitchie shot to cut the deficit to 5-3 before a Callum MacRitchie strike made it 5-4 with fifteen to go. Beauly managed to take the initiative in the latter stages, stopping the comeback in its tracks, ultimately coming away with a 9-4 victory.

Both sets of players can be very pleased with their performances on the day. The goalkeepers and defenders for each side can be very proud of how well they did even with all the goals scored.

A massive thank you to Beauly for coming across the Minch to play us. We are incredibly appreciative of their efforts and hope they enjoyed travelling over as much as we enjoyed hosting them. Hopefully we can return the favour and send our juniors onto the mainland for a rematch in the near future.

Thank you to Henry MacInnes for refereeing the game. Beauly presented the club with a Gaelic plaque to commemorate their crossing the Minch, and it was apt that this was the first time a senior club has sent a youth team to Lewis, and that it was the same club who we made our league debut against in 2011.

Beauly youth team visit

March 20th, 2018 No comments

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Our youth team will be welcoming Beauly Under 14s to the island this Saturday 24th March.

The club are delighted to have a mainland youth team visit the island for the first time in many years. It is always great for the Leòdhasaich Òga to expand their skills against other opposition.

Sadly Shawbost is double booked so the game will be played on the Smith Avenue Astro from 10am.

The first team will be away to Kilmallie.

Lochcarron 3 v Lewis 0 | Season 8 underway

March 15th, 2018 No comments

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We got our 2018 season under way finally with a 3-0 defeat away to Lochcarron at Battery Park.

Liam Arnott scored on 8 minutes, but it was held at 1-0 until the 74th minute when Michael MacKinnon scored and then Lance McCuish with five minutes left.

There were debuts for Rab Macaskill and Crisdean MacRae as well as James MacRae returning for his second stint at the club, and Seumas Charity for his third stint with the Dubh is Gorm. Overall it was game which showed promise for the season to come.

We face Boleskine away this Saturday at Smith Park, Inverarnie – throw-up at 1.30pm.