April update

April 24th, 2017 No comments

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There was a great deal of heartbreak in April with the first team falling short to last minute defeat against Inverness in the league (2-1 goal by Dougie Shaw) and then the next week in extra-time in the cup (Gomez and Will grabbing our goals). Sadly the cup hoo-doo remains in place. This was preceded by a 5-0 defeat away to Strathspey.

Lochcarron away was called off due to Battery Park being unplayable and with no other fixture scheduled, our next game is our first home game of the season against Caberfeidh on 6th May. This will be an appropriate time in our 10th Anniversary season for our youth players to be playing for the inaugural Dr Barden trophy. More info to follow. Thanks also to Katie Drain, Camanachd Association Development Officer for visiting last week. Much appreciated.

Best of luck to our players involved in exams in the coming month, but remember the benefits that playing shinty can have in terms of helping you relax and stay in balance during this time. See this article for further details.

Thanks to Iain Cochrane for the photos from Inverness.

March 2017 update

March 14th, 2017 No comments

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The club faces Lovat this Saturday, a first visit to Kiltarlity since a brace of cup games in 2014, and our first ever taste of league action against the side relegated from North One last year.

The club opened the season with an 8-1 defeat against a strong Glengarry in very poor conditions, Al scoring our consolation goal.

We followed this up with a 3-0 loss away to Boleskine, the above picture showing the young nature of our developing squad. Great to see Stompy and Dougie back, and the under-17s staking a claim for a regular starting slot. After Lovat, we face Strathspey, then Inverness, first on League action, then Sutherland Cup duty.

Fixtures have been updated and can be viewed here.

Season Seven Begins – A look back

March 1st, 2017 No comments

[This is an updated version of the article run last year]

It’s hard to believe the club enters its seventh season as a league club, and that it has been almost six years since that we started out our big adventure as a league shinty club with a brave 5-1 defeat against Beauly. It’s also ten years since the club first entered the cups so it has been a real rollercoaster over the last decade.

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Micheal and Gaga against Beauly – First Ever League Game 2011

What follows is a synopsis of our progress in the leagues over the last six years, as you can see there has been steady progress made, with a steady increment of goals and points with every season.

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The Squad are addressed by John “Spod” MacLeod at Shawbost before the first ever home game Vs Lochbroom

2011 was obviously an experiment from which many of the enemies of island shinty expected nothing less than total humiliation for us (some whispers were even heard that we wouldn’t score a goal the whole season).  In that regard, scoring a goal a game and gaining a point vs Strathglass in Cannich and defeating Ardnamurchan in Lewis was considered a success by player-manager Paul Duke. Those who were in Beauly on the first day of the season will have it live long in the memory; Stompy’s first minute goal was like a gift from Heaven.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Calum Stamper 4, Stuart Campbell/Scott Murray 3, Donald Lamont 2

2011 Final Position 10th/10 W1, D1, L16, GS18, GA101, PTS 3 (North Division Three)

 

2012 First Game against Kilmallie - Ben Nevis in the background

2012 First Game against Kilmallie – Ben Nevis in the background

2012 saw us pick up a first ever win on the mainland at the Bught Park, as well as  completing the double over Inverness in Shawbost. Draws were achieved in an epic at Freuchie against new boys Strathspey, and yet again at Cannich. Sadly, Strathglass became the first team to fail to travel to Lewis and points were granted as well. It gives nobody at the club pleasure to receive points from teams who fail to travel, and whilst there have never been more than two occasions per season where this has happened, it is never a happy event.  The increase in goals came about thanks to Scott Murray who finished top-scorer as well as Will Church emerging as a goalscorer.  The great decrease in goals conceded was another marker of the side’s growing maturity as Paul Duke stepped down from his managerial role.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Scott Murray 7, Stuart Campbell 4, Will Church 3

2012 Final Standing 8th/10 W3 D2 L13 GS26 GA69 PTS 8 (North Division Three)

 

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2013 Diablo agus na Balaich at Caberfeidh

2013 was Iain “Diablo” Sinclair’s first season in charge and the season was marked by an increase in goals thanks to Duncan MacIntyre and Will Church racking up high totals. What was marked was the number of games drawn or lost by only one goal. Draws were gained at Cannich yet again as well as Lochcarron and Cabers.  The goals against column was badly affected by two heavy defeats to Lochaber, but it was otherwise another year of improvement at the back. However, Inverness gained revenge for their double defeat the season before, taking Lewis’ scalp at Shawbost and possibly aggrieved to not avoid bottom spot on goal difference thanks to our last day draw with them at the Bught.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Will Church 10, Duncan MacIntyre 8, All other scorers 1 each

2013 Final Standing 9th/10 W3 D4 L11 GS37 GA62 PTS 10 (North Division Three)

 

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2014 Squad against Caberfeidh

2014 saw the North Division Three butchered down to six teams and a split, proposed by Strathspey put in  place with the top three and the bottom three playing off. This caused no end of problems, with three teams (Lochbroom, Strathspey, Lewis) finishing on equal points and almost equal goal difference and goals scored as well! (Kilmallie were one point behind and only due to giving a walkover to Cabers). Lewis slipped into the top-three based upon some formula which Astie had put in place. Whilst we benefited from the league set-up, it was not the best solution for shinty at the lower levels. Over and above that it took six weeks to finish the six fixtures left, the problems continued after the split as the bottom half were essentially dead rubbers, which Lochbroom failed to fulfil (a sorry end for our neighbouring club, marking their last competitive action to date) and in the top half where Strathspey’s own split required them to visit Shawbost yet again after a successful cup visit and an unfortunate walkover earlier in the season. The Grantown side sadly failed to travel yet again and may have been aggrieved that this handed the initiative to their island rivals. Whether or not this meant that Lewis were worthy of second place in the league was a moot point. We showed up well in the truncated league, defeating Inverness twice, overcoming champions Cabers (delaying their league title celebrations), and beating Kilmallie for the first time, as well as being the better team in both drawn games against Lochbroom.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Will Church 5, Duncan MacIntyre/Paul Duke 4, Donald/Ally Lamont 2

2014 Final Standing 2nd/6 W6 D2 L6 GS29 GA30 PTS 14 (North Division Three)

 

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2015 – Final game in old Woody’s Strips and first game in Aberdeen

2015 was the final year of Diablo’s reign and it was a year of challenge with the club now amalgamated into North Division Two. For the most part the club competed well, continued to progress and equalled its points total from 2014,   There were wins at Boleskine, Cabers and Inverness as well as home wins against Inverness and Strathspey with two walkovers from Kilmallie and Lochaber reflecting the two from Strathspey the year before. There were no draws. In a more challenging division it was no surprise that the goals against increased, although some of the scorelines were disappointing.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Will Church/Donald Lamont 5, Duncan MacIntyre 4, Peter Gomez 3

2015 Final Standing 8th/10  W7 D0 L11 GS35 GA69 GD-34 PTS 14 (North Division Two)

 

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2016 – Squad Photo before Lochcarron Friendly

2016 saw the club move forward under the tutelage of Duncan MacIntyre.  A promising pre-season was swiftly followed by a difficult start to the season with some heavy defeats and several failures to build on promising positions in what was to prove the most competitive league the club had played in to date. However, after a difficult few months, there was a marked improvement in results from June onward, with improved morale and, more importantly, points on the board. This was coupled with the great strides in developing players, especially amongst the youngsters and also Duncan’s own development as a manager. The club finished the season with a lot of optimism for the future, with a new resilience forged in the difficulties of the early stages of the season, a manager committed to a positive and skilful style of shinty in post and several promising youngsters emerging.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Paul Duke/Will Church 5, Ally Lamont/Kenny Murray 4, Donald Lamont 3

2016 Final Standing 9th/10  W3 D1 L14 GS24 GA66 GD-42 PTS 7 (North Division Two)

 

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2017  sees the club beginning to move towards a new era with youngsters just starting primary school when the club made its first strides into league shinty starting to emerge, along with some club stalwarts retiring or moving on. The club enters its seventh season, and its second under Duncan MacIntyre with the determination to climb higher in the league by building on last year’s promising end to the season whilst playing an attractive brand of shinty.

2017 Final Standing ?/10  W? D? L? GS? GA? GD? PTS ? (North Division Two)

 

Remembering Cuach a’ Chuain Sgith 10 years on

February 21st, 2017 No comments

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The 21st of February 2007 marked the first ever game by an adult team from Lewis & Harris on the mainland.

Held at the shinty park in Morefield, the newly re-constituted Camanachd Leòdhais took on North Division Three Lochbroom for a trophy donated by Sean MacLeod, the Cuach a’ Chuain Sgith (Minch Cup).

Lewis lined up in orange strips borrowed from the Nicolson Institute.

The match remained at 1-0 at half time, but the Broom took advantage of changes in the Leòdhasach team to win the inaugural fixture 7-0.

 

There were several Cuach a’ Chuain Sgith games held in the intervening years, with Lewis gaining closer all the time but never quite winning the trophy.

2007 Broom 7 – 0 Lewis

2008 Broom 4 – 2 Lewis, Kenny Mould 2

2009 Broom 5 – 0 Lewis

2010 P-P Twice

2011 Broom 6 – 0 Lewis

2012 P-P

2013 Broom 3 – 2 Lewis (AET) Dukey, Will

2014 P-P

Sadly the Cuach a’ Chuain Sgith hasn’t been played since 2013 with Lochbroom folding after the 2014 season. Hopefully the Broom will come back at some point whilst the trophy resides in the Morefield Motel and will hopefully be played for in the future.

Fixtures for 2017 Published

January 31st, 2017 No comments

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The 2017 Draft Fixtures have been published by the Camanachd Association.

The club will start the season with three trips to Lochaber – Glengarry, Kilmallie and Lochaber.

The first home game is yet again Cabers on the 6th of May, with the final home game against Lochaber on the 23rd of September – with the final game of the season an away game to Boleskine the week later.

Other games to note will be the first visit of Lovat to Lewis on May 20th.

The North Division Two contains 11 teams this year with Lovat’s relegation and the return of Strathglass Reserves.

Fixtures may change, please stay up to date by checking out our fixtures and results page.

Cup Draws – Inverness in Sutherland, Lochaber in Strathdearn

January 23rd, 2017 No comments

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The club will mark ten years since the first entry into Camanachd Association cup competition with an away trips to Inverness in the Sir William Sutherland Cup and Lochaber in the Strathdearn Cup.

The cup draws were made in the Highland Print Studio in Inverness on January 23rd.

We will face Inverness on the 8th of April, the winners of that tie will have an away trip to either Strathglass seconds or Caberfeidh on 30th April. The winners of that tie will face either Boleskine or Glenurquhart, who both received first round byes, in the Quarter Finals.

In the North junior cup, the Strathdearn, we are straight in to the second round, with only Beauly v Glengarry and Fort William v Caithness in the first. The winners of our tie will face Newtonmore or Lvoat in the Quarter-finals on June 17th.

The dates of the league games are TBC with the publication of all the season’s fixtures scheduled for the last day of January. We will bring you the full programme when we get it.

 

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Success at Lewis & Harris Shinty Festival 2017

January 21st, 2017 No comments

Over 100 primary kids attended the Inaugural Lewis & Harris First Shinty Festival at Ionad Spors Leodhais on Tuesday 17th January. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the children (and teachers) aswell as the high level of skill on display. We are certain a large number of kids caught the “shinty bug” today – no need to worry Mums and Dads – it is incurable!

The club would like to thank Steve Munro and his team at Active Schools for running the event and ensuring it ran so smoothly.

Bha deagh latha aig a h-uile neach a bha an lathair. Camanachd gu brath. Dubh is Gorm.

John “Kaid” MacLean Cup 2017

January 17th, 2017 No comments

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Camanachd Leòdhais are honoured to be invited by Skye Camanachd to contest the John “Kaid” MacLean Cup yet again in 2017.

The fixture will be played at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree on Saturday 25th February.

The trophy is in memory of John “Kaid” MacLean, a great Gaelic raconteur and bard who had links to Skye and the Glasgow Skye Association. It went unplayed for many years after an initial game between Oban Celtic and Glasgow Skye in the 1930s, with the trophy eventually being donated to Skye Camanachd. It was revived in 2015 as part of the Skye Festurbert Commemorations in 2015 where it was won by Kingussie. Last year’s fixture was to commemorate the Somme, in which many men from both Skye and Lewis were slaughtered.

Skye and Lewis met in challenge cup action twice in 2016, firstly in the corresponding fixture last year where Skye won 3-0, and then in the Mòd Cup at Shawbost which Skye won by the same scoreline. This was both team’s last competitive fixture.

John “Kaid” MacLean Cup, Skye 3 Lewis 0

Skye reserves are under new management, with Kenny “Barlow” Macleod taking over from David Pringle, as they prepare for another season in North Division One.

This game is Duncan MacIntyre’s sides only confirmed friendly so far as we prepare for an expanded North Division Two. Stay tuned to the website and club facebook for any further news.

Duaisean 2016 – Prize Winners

January 3rd, 2017 No comments
Ally Lamont was awarded the inaugural Captain's Player of the Year Award

Ally Lamont was awarded the inaugural Captain’s Player of the Year Award

The following player of the year prizes were awarded in Stornoway Golf Club on Monday 2 January 2017 after the Iomain Challainn.

Senior Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year – Michael MacLeod

The new Manager’s Award is a Ceremonial Caman from the 1968 Macaulay Cup Final, presented to Donald Shaw, Kyles Athletic – donated to club for presentation by his son, Dougie Shaw.

Youth Player of the Year – Steven Morrison

Women’s Player of the Year – Alicia MacSween

Captain’s Player of the Year – Ally Lamont

IOMAIN CHALLAINN 2017

January 3rd, 2017 No comments

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LEWIS BLUES 5 (D.Macintyre, D.Lamont 4) V LEWIS REDS 4 ( A.Reed 3, R.Macmillan)

Camanachd Leodhais celebrated the New Year in traditional style with the annual Iomain Challainn intra squad challenge match yesterday. With Vice Captain Peter Gomez laid low with Hogmanay/Man Flu the customary captain v vice captain match was altered slightly with Manager Duncan Macintyre picking two evenly matched teams.

LEWIS REDS: M.Macdonald, D.Gallagher, A.Macrae, S.Macleod, A.Reed, P.Sinclair, R.Sinclair, R.Macmillan.

LEWIS BLUES: I.Sinclair, S.Morrison, C.Macdonald, A.Lamont, P.Duke, D.Lamont, N.Macleod, D.Macintyre.

Ref: H.Macinnes

It was a high quality, high intensity match. Despite early Blues pressure, a mix of good finishing and unorthodox goalkeeping from Blues stopper Diablo gave the Reds a two goal lead. Al Reed getting his first of the day and Ruairidh Macmillan with a predatory finish. Blues midfielders Ally Lamont and Paul Duke then began to dominate the game and created the chances for Duncan Macintyre to pull one back and for Donald Lamont to strike twice before the break to make the score 3 2.

The Blues fell asleep at the start of the second half with Al Reed pouncing again to bring the scores level. Again the midfield battle raged , the Sinclair brothers locked in a titanic battle with Ally and Paul. A further two strikes by Donald looked to put the game safe for the blues but a nervous last ten minutes awaited them as Al Reed completed his hat trick. The Blues were keeping the ball in the corner and eventually persuaded referee Henry Macinnes that enough was enough and an enthralling match ended 5 4.

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This was not the only entertainment afforded the Smith Avenue crowd. Earlier in the day the Camanachd Leodhais youths had their turn to bring in the New Year. All who were in attendance were impressed with what they saw and were positive that another Steven Morrison or Scott Macleod would soon be emerging from this talented crop of players.

Bliadhna mhath ur dhiubh uile bho Camanachd Leodhais. Mile taing airson ur taic tro na bliadhnaichean. Dubh is Gorm.

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