2018 Award Winners

October 13th, 2018 No comments

The 2018 Camanachd Leodhais Awards Dinner was held at the Caladh Inn on Friday 13th October. The club awarded its prizes to four worthy winners.

Senior Player of the Year was Scott MacLeod. Scott has been a previous Youth Player of the Year on three occasions and has become a key player for the first team over the last few years.

Youth Player of the Year was Callum MacRitchie. Callum has been one of many promising youngsters to break into the Dubh is Gorm first team this year. Callum started the season with a goal against Beauly U14s, but then progressed to scoring his first senior goal against Kilmallie in a home victory, before taking up a midfield role.

Peter Gomez chose his Captain’s Player of the Year as Donald Lamont. Donald was the top scorer with 8 goals. He now sits only 5 goals off Will Church’s club record.

John MacAskill awarded the Shaw Caman for Manager’s Player of the Year to Ronan Sinclair. Ronan has fought back from life-threatening illness and has now gone off to University in Edinburgh where he hopes to play through the winter. His father Iain accepted the caman on his behalf.

John also took the opportunity to thank the team for a great season, saying there were ‘so many highlights but one being the final game against Kilmallie and how despite the difficulties the spirit was incredible’. With an eye on building on this year’s progress John also named his captaincy team for 2019, with Ally Lamont being named captain and Donald Lamont returning to the vice-captain role after previously holding it in the past.  Ally said “We have to work four times harder next season.”

 

 

 

Aiseag an Stròm Aonaichte a’ buannachadh! Stromeferry No Ferry United win Craig’s Sixes!

October 13th, 2018 No comments

 

The 2018 Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes survived the inclement weather and attracted 5 teams for a successful end to the 2018 season and also a great memorial for the late Craig Morrison, who passed away tragically in 2009 when the club was in its infancy.

With the competition receiving its eighth running, it was a team tied heavily to the history of the competition that came away with the memorial shield. Stromeferry No Ferry United, a west-coast select run by James and Crisdean MacRae played in the first competition in 2010 and were revived for the 2017 competition. They finished second in the league competition but this put them into the final against Lewis B and a goal from Rannal Finlayson, who was also the joint top scorer in the competition with Donald Lamont, took the prize back across the Minch.

The long threatened Murray Camanachd also made their debut in the competition under the tutelage of West Lothian Shinty’s Andy Murray. Andy and his boys put in a good performance with 1 win, 1 draw and two defeats despite not making it the competition until later on. Thanks for entering a team and we’ll see you next year!

All the Lewis youngsters got a great run out and showed that the future of the club is very bright.

The trophy was presented to winning captain and general shinty legend James “Ach” MacRae by Craig’s father Graham. We hope to see you all next year!

 

Results

Lewis A 0 vs Lewis B 2 – Donald 2

SNF 2 vs Lewis C 0 – Rannal, Willie

Lewis B 1 vs SNF 0 – Lisa

Lewis A 2 vs Lewis C 0 – Scott 2

Murrays 0 vs SNF 1 – Rannal

Lewis C 0 vs Lewis B 1 – Donald

Murrays 2 vs Lewis A 1 – James, Dylan; Scott

Murrays 0 vs Lewis B 2 – Donald, Callum

SNF 3 vs Lewis A 0 – Rannal, Willie 2

Lewis C 0 vs Murrays 0

Final SNF 1 vs Lewis B 0 – Rannal

Coinneamh Bliadhnail Camanachd Leòdhais AGM 2018 – 30.10.18

October 1st, 2018 No comments

Thèid Coinneamh Bliadhnail Comann Camanachd Leòdhais 2018 a chumail aig 6f Dimàirt 30mh An Dàmhair aig Oifisean Chomhairle nan Eilean Siar, Rathad Shanndabhaig Steòrnabhagh. Tha fàilte ron a h-uile neach aig a bheil ùidh ann an spòrs nan Gàidheal ann an Leòdhas agus na Hearadh.

The Annual General Meeting 2018 of Comann Camanachd Leòdhais will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 30th October at the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway. A warm welcome is extended to anyone with an interest in the sport of the Gael in Lewis and Harris.

Expressions of interest in committee positions, with secondment, and motions should be sent to the secretary Joanne Mitchell joanne_mitchell6 [at] sky.com before the 23rd of October.

 

 

 

 

Leòdhasaich “draw” 2018 to a positive close at Canal Parks

September 27th, 2018 No comments

Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 23.40.44Camanachd Leòdhais closed out a positive season with a first ever point at Canal Parks in Caol against Kilmallie. We fell behind to a quick Kilmallie 1-2 just after the hour mark, but then Donald scored on 69 minutes then Daniel Harrison scored with 5 minutes left. This left the club 8th in the table, level on points with Kilmallie who still have two games to play with a better goal difference.)

After a difficult 2017, for the club to finish on 14 points and guarantee at least 9th in the table (the late equaliser ensuring Strathglass could not overhaul Lewis on goal difference) whilst also blooding several youngsters is very promising for the future.

Thanks to all players, the management team, the committee, the volunteers and the supporters who contributed to the progress this season. Thanks also to all the visiting teams who took the time and effort to play us in Siabost this year, as well as those officials who also made the journey. We will see you all in 2019.

With the 2018 season brought to a close below is the final scorer List – Donald Lamont matched his highest ever total for the club from 2016 after drawing a blank in 2017 but there were 37 goals scored by 15 players, many of them in their first season in senior shinty.

8 Donald Lamont
6 Paul Duke
4 Ally Lamont, David Cleary
3 Scott MacLeod
2 Crisdean Macrae, Ruaraidh Macmillan
1 Calum Macritchie, Stewart Macritchie, Alexander Gordon, Michael Macdonald, Al Reed, Peter Gomez, Daniel Harrison, OG

 

John Gallagher

The club and all connected with it would like to pass on their deepest condolences to our long-serving player Daniel Gallagher on the passing of his father John last week and whose funeral was held on Thursday 27th September. Several club members and players joined Daniel to pay their respects and show their support during this difficult time.

Cabers defeat, Top Scorers list updated

September 4th, 2018 No comments

Micheal & Conor Shinty

The club suffered a 10-2 defeat on Saturday against Cabarfeidh at Castle Leod. Positives were that these types of events have been a much rarer occurence this season, and that the performance against a very good Cabers side saw no lack of hard work and effort from an understrength Dubh is Gorm. It was good to see Innes back after his bad injury in the HebCelt and also of note was that Ally continued his good run in front of goal, and Micheal Macdonald scored his first ever goal for the club after many years of service (all the way back to when the above picture was taken and beyond)!

You can read a full report over on the Isles FM Facebook page. Thanks to the station for publishing our reports throughout the season.

It’s been a long season, so hopefully the club can finish on a high and take something from our two remaining fixtures, starting with our away fixture to Beauly this Saturday 8th September.

Race for the Drams 2018

7 Donald Lamont
6 Paul Duke
4 Ally Lamont, David Cleary
3 Scott MacLeod
2 Crisdean Macrae, Ruaraidh Macmillan
1 Calum Macritchie, Stewart Macritchie, Alexander Gordon, Michael Macdonald, Al Reed, Peter Gomez, OG

Annette Murray retires as Head of Stornoway Primary

August 31st, 2018 No comments
The 2011 Prize Winners

Annette with the Prizewinners at the 2011 Dinner Dance

One of the great servants of shinty in Lewis and Harris stepped into a well deserved retirement today as Annette Murray retired as headteacher of Stornoway Primary School after many long years of service.

Annette has been one of the most important supporters of shinty in the island, promoting and supporting the sport within the school as well as being an important part of Camanachd Leodhais, giving leadership and guidance for almost a decade. She is currently President and Chair of the Club as well as being an Honorary Chieftain, having served as Chieftain between 2010 and 2012.

Her family has also contributed vastly to the development of the club; Two of her nephews, Michael and Scott MacLeod have been important players for the club over the years, with Scott continuing to star for the first team. Her late husband, Coinneach was also a great servant to the club, taking photos which remain as an important document of the club’s early league seasons.

On an emotional Friday, Annette was given a ceremonial shinty guard of honour as she left the school for the last time today. We wish her well for her retirement from teaching, but look forward to her continuing contribution to the life of our club in the years ahead.

 

Other News

The First Team face Caberfeidh at Castle Leod at 2pm Tomorrow (Sept 1) having had an exciting 3-3 draw in May. This will be our the third last game of the season.

The club also notes with sadness the passing of Skye Camanachd’s Alasdair ‘Ally Morr’ Morrison. Ally had strong Lewis connections as his mother Jesanne is from Garrabost, whilst his partner Anne is heavily involved with our friends Lochcarron Camanachd. An avid follower of shinty, as well as his local club, Ally managed Skye to the Balliemore Cup in 2008, as well as being manager of the Kyleakin Shinty Club which won the Mod Cup in 2001 against Back Camanachd in Tarbert (see below). The club would like to extend its sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.

 

Home season comes to an end with Boleskine thriller

August 27th, 2018 No comments

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After the disappointment of Inverness failing to fulfil the reversed home fixture the week previously, the club were  very happy to welcome Boleskine to Sgoil Shiaboist and bring the home season to a close for 2018.

Boleskine are a much changed side this year, and have one of the best young players in Scotland, William “Crossal” MacKinnon in their armoury and the U17 international got Boleskine off to a good start with a 30 yard rocket on 17 minutes.

The scores stayed pegged at 1-0 until the hour mark when Stuart MacRae converted a penalty to make it 2-0 and usher in one of the craziest ten minutes seen on the West Side. Scott pulled it back to 2-1 before Stewart MacRitchie popped up almost straight from the throw-up to draw us level.

However, the Loch Ness side club restored a one goal advantage to make it 3-2 minutes on the 69th minute through Ross Anderson.

It was a tight game until the end when young Mackinnon got his second in injury time to let Boleskine go home with the two points and a 4-2 victory.

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Thanks to Boleskine for coming over, it was good to see them back after not making the trip the last two years. Thanks to them and all the clubs who made the effort to come over to Shawbost this year. Thanks to Henry MacInnes for refereeing. And last, but not least, thanks to all our supporters for helping make a great atmosphere this season in all weathers.

We finish the season with three away games, Caberfeidh next week, Beauly the week after, and on the 22nd the legendary away trip to Kilmallie.  All challenging fixtures but hopefully we can take some points along the way to finish off what has already been a very successful season.

 

Junior Shinty

With the schools now back in session, it’s a good time to remind everyone on what we have on offer in terms of junior shinty.

On Fridays, there is a shinty session for all Nicolson Institute pupils at the all weather pitch from 2pm-3pm.

Also on Fridays, we have a session for Primary 6 & up at the pitch at Stornoway Primary from 5pm-6pm.

Finally, on Saturdays, we have a session for those in Primary 1 – Primary 5. This session takes place from 1pm-2pm & is also at the pitch at Stornoway Primary.

We cater for all levels of experience. So whether they have played before or are a complete novice, they can come along along and get involved.

Loss to Strathspey away; Alba boys meet an old friend

July 29th, 2018 No comments

 

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The first team travelled on Saturday to Grantown-on-Spey for the away game versus Strathspey and suffered a 4-0 loss.

The team was missing several regulars and also had a few players feeling the effects of recent illness, and there was a recall for Honorary Club Chieftain Sean MacLeod who has been unavailable this season.

As our team played against a strong wind in the first half, Strathspey plundered four goals and if not for some great saves by John in goals it might have been more. However, in the second half it finished 0-0 with some much improved play and the young players growing in confidence and ability. Callum MacRitchie had a good game in the midfield and Alicia MacSween played well at wing-back. The game will stand them in good stead for the future.

August only has two home games – Inverness on August 11th and Boleskine on August 25th. Hopefully both teams will travel to complete a first clean sweep of teams travelling over since our first league season in 2011!


After the match, Ally and Sean went to represent the club at the Alba v England match in Kingussie, along with another long-term absentee Paddy Sinclair. Sean managed the national Gaelic team as they won this international representative match 11-1 and Paddy scored a fine goal. Get back in the Dubh is Gorm a Phaddy Diablo!

The lads also met up with former Camanachd Leòdhais youth player Robert Kearney who has continued to play the sport he picked up in Lewis back in England. Young Robert made an impressive showing as the youngest on the English side and it is great to see him stay involved in the game. Cùm a’ dol a Raibeart!37921412_2062352683788570_7927807169334870016_n

Young Hearach designs Camanachd Association 125 year logo

July 26th, 2018 No comments

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The Camanachd Association marks 125 years this year since its founding in the Victoria Hall in Kingussie on the 10th of October 1893.

A 125th anniversary logo has been chosen after a competition, which attracted hundreds of entries, was won by primary seven student John Robert Chisholm of Sgoil an t-Òib (Leverhulme Memorial School), Harris.

It is great that a pupil from our islands has achieved this honour.  Congratulations John Robert from all at Camanachd Leòdhais.

There are a range of events planned by the Association across Scotland to mark this milestone. One is the International Challenge match between Alba and England this Saturday (28/7) at the Dell, in Kingussie at 7pm .  There are several Camanachd Leòdhais players who will be involved with the Gaelic-speaking team’s fixture which happens after our away game versus Strathspey at 1.30pm. Crisdean, Ally and Dukey are the first team regulars in the squad, along with Sean and Paddy who both long histories with the Alba squad.  Good luck lads. The Player of the Match awards are sponsored by Isle of Harris Gin.

 

We also welcomed our good friend Katie Drain from the Camanachd Association for a One-Day Youth Camp this week. Thanks to Katie and the CA for runnigns this event along with our local coaches.

Uist end six year HebCelt famine with 5-3 victory in Stornoway

July 21st, 2018 No comments

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Uist Camanachd lifted their third Hebridean Celtic Festival Cup and their first since 2012 with a 5-3 victory over Camanachd Leòdhais at Bayhead, Stornoway in front of a healthy crowd.

Uist player-manager Graham Black had put together a good side, with some strong guest players to augment the native Uibhisteach talent, and with a youthful Dubh is Gorm side, with many making their HebCelt debut, it looked like it would be one of the most intriguing matches in years and so it proved.

Scott MacLeod opened the scoring for us on the quarter hour, but Uist levelled then went into the lead thanks to a penalty. Then Ruaraidh MacMillan levelled things to make it 2-2 just before half time.

Uist retook the lead in the second half, then added another swiftly, making it 4-2, but then Donald Lamont scored his seventh of the season to close the gap but Uist made sure of the Cup with a goal in the dying moments.Whilst it was disappointing from a Leòdhasach point of view, it was a well deserved victory in an entertaining match which stopped the Dubh is Gorm making it six wins in a row.

During the match Leòdhas’ Innes Lamont was taken to hospital with a head injury that required medical attention and everyone wishes him a swift recovery.

Many thanks to Henry MacInnes for refereeing. He named Uist’s Michael MacLeod as player of the match.

A great many thanks to the Hebridean Celtic Festival for their continued support of this fixture which is an invaluable tool for the promotion of shinty in the Western Isles.

Congratulations to Uist on their win and we look forward to next year’s clash with anticipation.