New Gear for the New Year – Available now in the Club Shop.

February 16th, 2018 No comments

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Grab yourself some fresh Camanachd Leòdhais gear for the 2018 season. We have some cool looking new designs for you to strut about at training, supporting on the sidelines, or just representing our awesome island on the mainland.  The link to the O’Neill’s club shop is at the top right of the page or here. The Dubh is Gorm have gone with a white highlight this year to compliment the club colours, harking back to the original Woody’s Express strips from 2007-2010. All tops are customisable with and all bear Leòdhas on the back as per club tradition.  Show your Leòdhasach pride! Coimhead snasail agus ceannaich tè an-diugh! 

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2018 Fixtures released – Cabers away up first, Spey in homecoming fixture

February 5th, 2018 No comments

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The Camanachd Association recently published the 2018 Draft Fixtures and as always, this gives Dubh is Gorm players and supporters plenty to chew upon for the next few months.

To start of our eighth season as a league club, we will face our fellow Ross-shire club and old acquaintances Caberfeidh at Castle Leod on Saturday 3rd March, before another Ross-shire trip to Lochcarron on the tenth. There is then a run of games with Boleskine, Kilmallie and then Strathglass.

The club has only entered one cup this year, the national junior trophy, The Sir William Sutherland Cup and we have been drawn out of the hat against Beauly on the 7th of April. Two challenging away fixtures follow with Lochaber and Lovat in late April.

Old rivals Strathspey are the homecoming visitors this time around on the 12th of May, with Beauly the week after. After a very disappointing number of teams did not travel for league business in 2017, it is hoped that there will be no call-offs in 2018 and that shinty fans in the Western Isles will have a full card of fixtures to enjoy throughout May, June and July. We finish with a flurry of away games before Boleskine are due to come for a home game on August 25.

The league again contains 11 teams.  The full fixture list can be found here.

 

 

Iomain Challainn – MacRitchie has the Will to Win!

January 10th, 2018 No comments

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The club marked the turn of the New Year in the traditional style by having a ten-a-side match on the 9th of January at Smith Avenue Astro. It was however, certainly the first time an Iomain Challainn has been played under floodlights in the Western Isles!

The players divided into teams managed by John MacAskill and Will Church. Sean MacLeod opened the scoring for Team John on 17 minutes, but young gun Stewart MacRitchie soon replied for Team Will. Stewart then added a second straight after half-time to keep the score at 2-1 until the end.

A good turnout on a cold night as pre-season begins in earnest. You can see a record of previous Iomain Challainn here.

MacAskills named new management team at AGM

November 6th, 2017 No comments

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Camanachd Leòdhais is happy to announce that following the 2017 AGM that John MacAskill will be the Camanachd Leòdhais First Team manager for the 2018 season.

The club is delighted to have a high calibre candidate to take on this prestigious role. John has a strong shinty background and spent 2017 assisting Duncan MacIntyre, who stepped down at the AGM. John will be assisted by Andrew MacAskill as Assistant Manager.

The club would like to thank Duncan MacIntyre for his hard work throughout the 2016 and 2017 season.

Peter Gomez is named as Captain, with Ally Lamont becoming Vice-Captain.

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David Macdonald continues as Chieftain of the club, other positions are as follows.

Chieftain – David Macdonald

Chair – Annette Murray

Treasurer – Kenny MacLeod

Secretary – Joanne Mitchell

Child Protection/Youth Co-ordinator (Secondary) – David Cleary

Marketing & Merchandise – Peter Gomez

Ladies Representative – Alicia MacSween

Ally Lamont – Donella Crawford Volunteer of the Year; Club also shares Fair Play Award

October 23rd, 2017 1 comment

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Congratulations to Ally Lamont on winning the 2017 Donella Crawford Award for Youth/Schools at the Marine Harvest Shinty Awards in Inverness. This national recognition of the incredible amount of work done by Ally in his time back in Lewis is well-deserved. He has gone over and above the call of duty to leave a legacy of enthusiastic and talented youngsters who have already started to show they are the future of Camanachd Leòdhais.

It is a heavy loss for the shinty community, and indeed the wider community, in Lewis & Harris that this talented and capable young Gaelic speaker is unable to secure a teaching position in his homeland but we wish him all the best in Mallaig, and we look forward to him continuing his playing career in the Dubh is Gorm next season. Ally was recently awarded Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year at the Camanachd Leòdhais awards dinner.

The Club also shared the One Team Club Fairplay Award with Lochcarron Camanachd which Ally also collected. The club has won this award on several occasions and we would like to think that it is a testimony to the spirit in which we try to play the game win, lose or draw. Congratulations to Lochcarron as well, as well as to all the other award winners.

2017 Award Winners Named

October 16th, 2017 No comments

The Club held the 2017 Awards as part of the Ten Year Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the Caladh Inn

Ally Lamont received the Senior Player of the Year as voted for by the players.

Ally also received the Donald Shaw Caman as Manager’s Player of the Year.

Scott MacLeod received the Junior Player of the Year, his third time winning this trophy.

Ronan Sinclair was the recipient of the Captain’s Player of the Year for his endeavour and in recovering from illness to become an important player, as well as represent Skye Wester Ross U17s.

To mark ten years of the club, Vice Captain Peter Gomez made a surprise presentation to the five players who have played more than 100 games for the club; Paul Duke, Daniel Gallagher, Conor MacDonald, Donald Lamont & Paddy Sinclair.

Thanks very much to everyone who attended & to the Caladh Inn for being excellent hosts. It was a great night for all the players & volunteers who were able to celebrate after all the hard work that has been put in over the past twelve months.

A list of previous winners can be found here

 

Glenurquhart win Craig Morrison Sixes

October 15th, 2017 No comments



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The club held the annual Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes as part of the Tenth Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 14th October.

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The competition greeted the return of Stromeferry No Ferry United, with a good sprinkling of Lewis old boys in their ranks and also the first trip of Glenurquhart over the Minch, with a squad packed with cup winners. We lined up three Lewis teams, Blue (coached by Ally), Black (coached by Dunc) and White (coached by John).

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Glenurquhart’s Premiership class shone through and they were worthy winners, topping the league, and beating the Blacks well in the final but it was an entertaining and enjoyable day for all. We hope that both visiting teams enjoyed their trip and that we meet again soon.

Thank you to the Morrison Family for attending as we continue to mark the life of our friend Craig Morrison who was taken from us in 2009. Always the first name on the teamsheet whenever the Dubh is Gorm is pulled on.

Thanks to all the referees, but especially David Cleary for keeping things running on the park.

Results

Glen 2 – 0 Blues
Ferry 2 – 2 Blacks
Whites 0 – 0 Ferry
Blacks 0 – 3 Glen
Blacks 1 – 0 Blues
Whites 0 – 6 Glen
Blues 0 – 1 Ferry
Blues 0 – 2 Whites
Whites 0 – 1 Blacks
Ferry 0 – 2 Glen

Final

Blacks 0 – Glen 8

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Well done also Sean and Diablo, who were away at Iomain Cholmcille – both were part of the Alba management team and Sean was also in the squad which beat Fir Uladh 4-0. Iomain Cholmcille was also marking ten years, and they sent their best wishes to the club on their anniversary at their own awards dinner, along with another Lewis old boy, Eoghan, who has been running Iomain Cholmcille since 2007.

Diablo also sneakily managed to get on the park to play for Fir Uladh!!! against the Full Scotland International squad! Another thing question for the Diablo Quiz!

 

Coinneamh Bliadhnail Camanachd Leòdhais 2017 – Sanas Oifigeil – Official Notice

October 9th, 2017 No comments

Thèid coinneamh bliadhnail Camanachd Leòdhais a chumail aig Bun-sgoil Steòrnabhaigh aig 5.30f  Diardaoin 26 October 2017. 

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of Camanachd Leòdhais will take place in Stornoway Primary School on Thursday 26th October 2017 at 5:30pm.

The club is always looking for more volunteers & warmly invites anyone who wishes to be involved in the running of the club in any capacity to come along.

The Closing Down of Summer

September 24th, 2017 No comments

So that’s the end of that. A marathon season, (despite the record number of walkovers) it’s been a very challenging year on the park but one which has seen youngsters start to emerge in serious numbers which can only bode well for the future. (If only our local educationalists could have seen fit to reward a certain young PE teacher with a proper contract. Mallaig’s gain is definitely Lewis and Harris’ loss, best of luck Ally!)

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Yesterday, we signed off with a 5-0 defeat to Lochcarron. However, the score wasn’t a full reflection of the application of the players and all the youngsters gained more valuable experience. We look forward to facing Lochcarron again next year.

Ronan and Scott stayed on the mainland to attend the U17 Interdistrict with Skye and Wester Ross in Spean Bridge.  Here they are having decided to jump on the Kinlochshiel Cusp of the Title Gloryhunting bandwagon! 🤣🤣🤣 Well done lads for representing the club so well. Hopefully there will be some of the U14s involved next year as well.

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Next up is the Craig Morrison Sixes and the Tenth Anniversary Gala Dinner on 14th October. Looks set to be a cracker, contact Donald Lamont if you want to attend either event.

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.