Young guns impress versus Caberfeidh

September 12th, 2017 No comments

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Although the final score was 4-1 due to a high-quality hat trick from Jamie Matheson, our first team put in a brave performance on Saturday at Castle Leod thanks to great play by our youngsters. Kieran Macdonald scored his first league goal with an assist from Stewart Macritchie. Daniel Harrison made an impressive debut and Dylan Murray put in a great shift.

Next game is away to high-flying Lochaber.

Lewis 1 – Lochcarron 3

September 6th, 2017 No comments

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The home season finally came to a close on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat to Lochcarron, Will scoring an equaliser but the Carranaich having just enough to come away with the points. Thanks to Annie Macdonald of AIM Photography Applecross for the photo, you can find more at her page here AIM Photography.

Still some games to go. Cabers, Lochaber and Lochcarron away throughout September. It’s been a long season.

Goalscoring chart from 2.9.17

Dougie Shaw 6

David Cleary 3

Will Church 2

Conor, Duncan, Dylan, Kieran, Dukey, Craig, Sean, Gomez, Al 1

Inverness game cancelled – third walkover

August 23rd, 2017 No comments

It is regrettable to announce that Saturday’s home game (26/8) against Inverness has been cancelled, with Inverness unable to raise a team and the points awarded to Lewis.

This is sadly the third home game of the season for which we have received the points without playing our opposition on the shinty field. Previous games against Boleskine and Lovat have also been cancelled early in the week.

There is one final home game scheduled against Lochcarron on September 2nd. We hope to see you there.

 

Leòdhas 5 v 3 English Shinty Association

August 1st, 2017 No comments

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We had an entering 10 a side match on Monday 31 July against the touring English Shinty Association at Bayhead.

Tha Leòdhasaich came out as 5-3 victors, with Dougie Shaw (2), Duncan, Kieran and Dylan on the scoresheet.  Lewis’ Euan Gilmour, guested for England and scored two of their goals.

A very entertaining match with another good crowd. Heartening to have a good number of under 14s playing and we thank ESA for their kind presentation of a signed top and a Cornwall Ball, wish them well on the rest of their tour and hope we can one day head South to return the favour.

Beannachd leibh.

English Shinty Association Tour of Hebrides

July 29th, 2017 No comments

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The Club has some very special guests who have travelled a long way to play shinty this Monday.

The English Shinty Association’s annual tour of Scotland brings them to Bayhead on Monday night at 7pm for a challenge match. This will be the first ever meeting of the clubs, but is also in the grand tradition of previous touring sides, SCOTS in 2009 and Northern California in 2011, and St Andrews University in 2014.

They make the trip to Lewis as part of their 2017 summer tour. Having already played a warm up game in Lymm, North West England on Thursday against the North Shinty Club, they then travelled on to Kingussie to play a host of legends from their 90s team and current first team players in a 11-1 defeat. Their tour continues Saturday as they take to the field to battle Fort William after the 2017 Sutherland Cup final. On the Sunday ESA travel up to Inverness for the annual 6 aside tournament. The minibus full of players will then travel to Lewis, Uist, Skye and GMA for their remaining fixtures of the 2017 tour.

This has been the 3rd ESA tour since they established the administrative body for Shinty in England in 2013. In 2016 a Camborne School of Mines University team from Cornwall fulfilled the 2016 tour meaning since 2013 their has been an annual tour of Scotland by English opposition. ESA regularly travel upto 2000 miles each for their tour and countless more for sixes tournaments as well a entering men’s and women’s sides in the Bullough Cup and Marine Harvest Challenge Cup.

There a couple of ESA links with Lewis, Matt Mossop of Cornwall and Graham Love of London visited in 2013, Matt refereed the HebCelt and Graham played for Uist. Also Joseph MacInnes of Uist, who played for Lewis last season is now at Uni in England and is playing for ESA.

In England, the ESA is the driving force and organiser of much of the shinty competition that has been springing up again soith of the border since the mid 2000s. There are three main clubs in England, the venerable London Camanachd (who now have regular opposition for the first time in 100 years!), Cornwall Shinty Club founded in the late 2000s, and Oxford Shinty Club setup in recent years. There are also various other teams, including the North, who compete. There are two league structures in England. The South West Shinty League with a comprehensive fixture list of home and away fixtures. Originally based in Cornwall, it has expanded so that the 2017-2018 season will see 7 teams from Bristol to Falmouth battle it out. ESA also host the East and West Tri-series and the annual English Shinty Festival for Mixed and Ladies teams.

London, Cornwall and Oxford host their own tournaments throughout the year. The next tournament in England is the London Shinty Festival on 7th October followed by the Lownederperan Festival in Newquay, Cornwall over 4th-5th November. Both tournaments accept clubs from North and South of the border.

Hopefully, we can one day return the favour and take the long road south. Find out more at englishshinty.com

Camanachd Leòdhais v English Shinty Association

Bayhead, Stornoway, 7pm Monday 31st July

 

5 in a row in tenth anniversary HebCelt!

July 27th, 2017 No comments

IMG_6098IMG_6097The lads built on last Saturday’s draw against Strathspey by overcoming a very competitive Uist side in the tenth anniversary fixture.

The game returned to Bayhead after a temporary move to the astro last year and this gave Uist an extra fillip as talisman Keith Macdonald was able to play on grass after missing out last year.

Uist started strongly but goals from Dougie Shaw and David Cleary gave us the halftime advantage of 2-0. There was a great crowd and they were treated to an entertaining second half. Uist came into the game strongly especially after Ally Lamont had to leave injured at halftime.

However, Dougie nicked a goal against the run of play and then Dukey made it 4-0 with a rasper. However, Uist managed to make it ominously tight in the final ten minutes, ex Lewis player James MacRae scoring, Keith putting one just over, then ex Scotland U21 and James’ brother Crisdean grabbing another Uist goal to make the final score 4-2.

The cup was presented to captain Peter Gomez – thanks to Henry MacInnes for refereeing, also naming Crisdean MacRae as Man of the Match, and of course to the Hebridean Celtic Festival for their continued support over a decade.

The support of Caroline MacLennan and her team has been vital in giving this incredible platform for showcasing Hebridean Shinty and we thank them for their hospitality and wish them many more succesful years in partnership.

Great photos by Colin Cameron Photography.

 

HebCelt and Motiv8 Summer Camp

July 16th, 2017 No comments

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The middle of July is always a busy time for the club, and we’re happy to say the first team got things of to a good start securing their first point on the park this season with a thrilling 1-1 draw against Strathspey, Craig MacLeod with his first goal since scoring against California!

The Hebridean Celtic Festival Cup is this Saturday 22nd July and we look forward to welcoming Uist to Bayhead for the 11th final as we mark ten years since the 2007 match between Lewis and Heb All Stars. Thanks to the Hebcelt for their continued support of this fixture, a great advert for shinty in the Western Isles and great to be back on Bayhead again.

Our annual Motiv8 shinty camp is also running this week, Monday to Friday  @ Smith Avenue astro (11am to 2pm each day). Lots of spaces left! Parents should sign their children up by phoning the sports centre or going to the reception. The full cost must be paid to the sports centre, coaches will not be taking money on any of the days.  The camp is for 8-14 year olds and for locals, tourists and club regulars. Please share with anyone who may be interested.

The Craig Morrison Sixes are later than usual this month and will be held to coincide with the visit of the English Shinty Association. We look forward to welcoming Na Sasannaich, who will join California, The SCOTS and St Andrews Uni as touring sides to Lewis.

Vice Captain’s team win inaugural Dr Barden Trophy

June 28th, 2017 No comments

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Saturday saw the Lewis Camanachd Under 14s participate in what is hoped to be an annual match on Shawbost pitch. A 9 a side game was played between teams selected, in the traditional Lewis style, by Captain Harrison and Vice Captain Macdonald.

The game finished 6-0 to the Vice captains team, although the scoreline did not reflect the flow of the game. Kieran Macdonald scored two well worked goals very late in the first half to give his Vice Captain team a 2-0 lead at half time. 19429857_1392714434139846_6896861690141620880_n

Harrison’s team however had a number of chances in the first half and early in the second half with only some great goalkeeping from Owen Mackenzie and misfortune denied them a goal. An unfortunate injury to Stewart Macritchie (who fought well for the captains team all game- earning him Man of the Match) disrupted the momentum of the game for the Captains team in the second half. 19510583_1392714327473190_616673977896428250_n

Kieran Macdonald went on to score a further 3 goals to take his personal total to 5 for the day (at this point Kieran took a turn in goals and made a wonderful save to deny Dylan Murray). Callum Macritchie who won the battle of the midfield for the Vice captain team finished the scoring with a long range effort which evaded Conor Kearney in goals. The game finished 6-0 and a great day of shinty was had by all on the Shawbost field. It certainly won’t be long, on the evidence of this game, before Kieran, Robert, Daniel and company will be playing the sport they love on the same pitch for the Senior team.
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Many thanks to Donald Lamont for refereeing the game, Jo Mitchell and the parents for organising the day (Including all the fantastic food) and Iain Sinclair for coaching the youngsters. Lets hope Lewis Camanachd have many more successful youth days in the future.
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Far North Sixes 2017 – Report

June 3rd, 2017 No comments

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A veritable squadron of Leòdhasaich took to the Minch on Saturday 3 June to attend the Far North Sixes, run by Kinlochbervie. We had three teams in the Under 14 section – a very promising number adn they did themselves proud. Glengarry A won the tournament but all our sides showed up well, scoring goals and winning games.

Camanachd Leòdhais Blues came out best of our squads, with four wins, and two defeats, coming third behind KLB Juniors on goal difference alone. CL Blacks edge out Glengarry B for fifth place by virtue of scoring one goal more, whilst CL Yellows matched the Blacks’ scoring and defensive record but were unlucky to only yield 1 draw.


A cracking day, thank you to all the parents and coaches for their support, and congratulations to Kinlochbervie on another successful tournament on their tenth anniversary. A revived Lochbroom saw off Lochcarron to win the senior section, which also featured KLB, Caithness and Strathglass Ladies.

Back home in Lewis, the first team were happy to finally have the first home game of the season, although the 11-1 score to a strong visiting Lochaber side after only one game in ten weeks was probably not the result we were looking for. The result was however put into perspective with the minute silence before the game which was held for Eilidh MacLeod of Barra and the victims of the Manchester Bombing, and Duncan Rodger of Kilmallie Shinty Club, who both passed away at a young age recently. Our thoughts go to their family and friends

Kinlochbervie Camanachd – Celebrating Ten Years

June 2nd, 2017 1 comment

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As we celebrate our own ten year anniversary, it’s a good time to pay tribute to a club we’ve had a long friendship with who are also marking ten years of driving shinty forward on the edge of the world – Kinlochbervie Camanachd.

As part of Highland 2007 “The Highland Promise”, Kinlochbervie High School pupils voted to spend some of their funding allocation on learning shinty. The inaugural training session took place in June 2007 with coaches Heather MacNeil, PE and parent Duncan Clark. The sessions were open to pupils from P5 to S6 and run on a weekly basis with an average of 30 pupils attending (a very large proportion of the school roll).


Over ten years this club has kept on developing, with players graduating and some of them playing for other teams in the North (including the late lamented Lochbroom) as well as the abortive Naver Athletic team who made one short foray into the cups. They have travelled all across the country to school tournaments, they were regular attendees at our much missed Mid-Minch Medal and won it all three times it was run in 2008, 2009 and 2010.and even took part in the 2011 Camanachd Association Development league against Uist and Strathspey, finishing third.

However their biggest event has always been the Far North Sixes, held in Scourie and running sections for adults and under 14s.

Camanachd Leòdhais first attended the Far North Sixes in 2010, taking two teams, and won it! It was a very important morale boost forr a club who up until that point had only experienced big defeats in the cups. With league entry, the next couple of years were taken up with getting the senior team settled in the leagues, but we sent a youth team in 2013, before sending a senior and youth side in 2014. We sent some fringe players in 2015 and 2016 bolstered by a couple of experienced players to help them gain experience.

Three Camanachd Leòdhais players have won the player of the Tournament award – Scott Murray in 2010, Al Reed in 2015 and Steven Morrison in 2016.

The Far North Sixes has always been an excellent event, and with the event marking ten years, and Duncan Clark bowing out as head coach, we can only pay tribute to himself, Paula, Heather and all the others involved with KLB and wish them every success in the future. We are sending over three under 14 squads, with Camanachd Leòdhais Yellows, Blues and Blacks all looking to gain experience in what will hopefully be a great day weatherwise as it has been in the past.

Gu math fada beò iomain ann an Dùthaich MhicAoidh!