2020 Committee Confirmed

November 2nd, 2019 No comments

The Annual General Meeting of Comann Camanachd Leòdhais was held at 6pm on Tuesday 29th October in the Comhairle Offices on Sandwick Road, Stornoway.

The office bearers for the 2020 committee were chosen at the meeting. The Chieftain and Chair/President roles were appointed last year as per the constitution for a two year period, so the present office bearers in those positions will carry on until the next AGM.

Chieftain – Iain Sinclair

Chair – Annette Murray

Secretary – Joanne Mitchell

Treasurer – Kenny MacLeod

Fixture Secretary – Donald Lamont

Merchandising and Sponsorship – Ally Lamont & Paul Duke

Child Protection Officer – Annette Murray

The AGM also confirmed the continuation of John MacAskill and Andrew MacAskill as first team manager and assistant manager respectively. This also confirmed Donald Lamont as captain for 2020, having taken on the role halfway through the 2019 season.

Thanks to those who were on the committee in 2019. Whilst that is the club committee settled for the year ahead, the club would welcome any volunteers who wish to get involved with the club at all levels.

2019 Award Winners – Donald and Callum at the Double!

October 20th, 2019 No comments

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The club held its annual Awards night, held yet again in conjunction with the Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes on the same day, on the 19th October in the Caladh Inn in Stornoway. We welcomed the competing teams, alongside well travelled fan Roddy Maclean and numerous club stalwarts as the awards for 2019 were made to the deserving winners.

Donald Lamont earned an historic double, winning both the Senior Player of the Year, voted for by his team-mates, and also the Manager’s Player of the Year, earning the Ceremonial Caman from the 1968 Macaulay Cup Final, presented to Donald Shaw, Kyles Athletic – donated to the club for presentation by his son, Dougie Shaw. Donald’s contribution off the field has always been vitally important to the club, but this year was his best season ever in terms of on the park with a goal tally of 11, which also made him the club’s top scorer of all time, and he may have got more and broken the season record if hadn’t been hampered with the injury which he continued to play through until the end of the season.

Donald, who assumed the Club Captaincy duties half way through the season and was confirmed by John MacAskill as continuing in this role in 2020 with Stuart Campbell as Vice-Captain, also made his choice of Captain’s Player of the Year. This went to Callum MacRitchie, who also achieved a unique double as he retained the prize for Young Player of the Year. Callum was unable to attend the event, but his Youth Player Award was accepted on his behalf by Dylan Murray, who was also mentioned by Assistant Manager Andrew MacAskill as being very close to achieving the award himself.

There was also an opportunity for Andrew and Scott MacLeod to be recognised for their recent joint award for the Lewis & Harris Sports Council Youth Coach of the Year Award. John MacAskill took the opportunity to also pay tribute to Paddy Sinclair and Daniel Gallagher for their on field contributions this year which touched on a challenging season, but one which was also very positive and saw the club become the LHSC Club of the Year for the first time.

There was also a successful raffle held which raised money for club funds. Congratulations to all the Prizewinners, and many thanks to those who donated prizes. There was also the fiercely contested Whisky Coin Competition, a new tradition introduced to us by our guests from Strathglass who donated a bottle of whisky for the closest pound coin to the bottle won by Stewart MacRitchie.

Strathglass win 2019 Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes

October 20th, 2019 No comments

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On a gusty but sunny Saturday, Lewis shinty paid tribute to the memory of the late Craig Morrison with an entertaining spectacle of sixes shinty on the astroturf at Smith Avenue on the 19th of October.

The Craig Morrison Shield was claimed by the young Strathglass Shinty Club six player-managed by former Lewis stalwart Eoghan Stewart. They overcame Lewis B in an entertaining final 1-0 with the National League experience of young duo Penri Jones and Colin Birnie key to the win for the Cannich side. Their only hiccup during the day was a reveraal of the same scoreline in the group stage against the same opposition, with Scott MacLeod scoring.

The other visiting team were sixes specialists Stromeferry No Ferry United, whose title defence suffered a blow with the injury to Keith “Trumisgarry” Macdonald in the group stage, and then they were defeated on penalties by Lewis A after a scoreless semi-final. However in a highscoring game, Dougie “Dan” MacKenzie of Lochcarron put on an exceptional show for the crowd with a wonder goal and also a golden goal straight from a shy in the third place playoff v Lewis A. Our very own manager, John, who also played in goals for Lewis B, had stepped in to fill the Strome goals in this game also grabbed a goal straight from a by-hit!

Both visiting teams really added to a great day and their input was much appreciated. Thanks to both Strathglass and Stromeferry for their efforts in coming over, as well as attending our awards dinner in the evening as well. It was a great opportunity for many of our young and new players to gain experience as well, and Young Player of the Year and Captain’s Player of the Year Callum MacRitchie showed up well with two goals.

The shield was presented as always by Graham Morrison, Craig’s father. It would have been an occasion that Craig would have savoured as a passionate shinty man who was taken far too soon in 2009. May his memory remain cherished for as long as shinty is played in these islands.

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Group Stage

Lewis A 1 (Paul Duke) v Lewis B 1 (Callum MacRitchie)

Strathglass 3 (Eddie Noble, Colin Birnie, Jordan Zblewski) v Stromeferry No Ferry United  0

Lewis B 1 (Scott MacLeod) v Strathglass 0

Stromeferry No Ferry United 2 (Keith Macdonald, Dougie Mackenzie) v Lewis A 2 (Stewart Macritchie, Dylan Murray)

Lewis B 1 (Callum MacRitchie) v Stromeferry No Ferry United 0

Lewis A 0 v Strathglass 2 (Eddie Noble 2)

Standings Lewis B 1st, Strathglass 2nd, Lewis A 3rd, Stromeferry No Ferry United 4th

Semi Finals

Lewis B 0 V Stromeferry No Ferry United 0 (4-3 on Pens)

Lewis A 0 V Strathglass 4 (Penri Jones, Jordan Zblewski, Colin Birnie 2)

Final

Lewis B 0 V Strathglass 1 (Penri Jones)

 



October update – LHSC Awards Double, Shinty-Hurling, Craig’s Sixes

October 16th, 2019 No comments

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The club was thrilled to be double winners at the Lewis and Harris Sports Council Awards on October 8th 2019 in the Comhairle Chambers. The Club was named Club of the Year, the first time the club has acheived that illustrious award, and the Young Person’s Coach of the Year was awarded jointly to Andrew MacAskill and Scott MacLeod. Scott and Donald Lamont were there to accept the awards. A great tribute to all involved with the club for their efforts in another long and challenging season.

Previous success at the Awards has been seen by Paul Duke, Over 18 Sportsperson of the Year in 2014 and Al Reed for the Young Person’s Coach of the Year in 2016.

Iomain Cholmcille Representative Honours

The club was also privileged to have two players involved in the recent Iomain Cholmcille Shinty-Hurling for Gaelic speakers held this year on the 12th of October in Glasgow as part of the Royal National Mòd. Stuart “Tyson” Campbell and Pàdraig Sinclair both gained call ups for the game against Fir Uladh from Ireland, and they were unlucky to be on the losing side of a tight match 13-12. Camanachd Leòdhais’ Sean MacLeod was co-manager again, and assistant manager Andrew MacAskill was also in attendance keeping a watchful eye on proceedings and assisting with keeping the social media updated.

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Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the untimely passing of Craig Morrison. The Sixes are held annually as the club’s tribute to Craig and his continuing legacy at the club. This year’s Sixes competition takes place on Saturday 19th October from 1pm and we would welcome teams with an interest in taking part to contact Donald Lamont via the club Facebook page. The Sixes will be followed by our annual Awards Dinner that evening, which all are welcome to attend.

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners "Simply the Best - Michael MacLeod VI"

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners “Simply the Best – Michael MacLeod VI”

 

Coinneamh Coitcheann Bliadhnail Chomann Camanachd Leòdhais | Notice of AGM

September 12th, 2019 No comments

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Thèid Coinneamh Coitcheann Bliadhnail Chomann Camanachd Leòdhais a chumail aig sia uairean feasgar, Dimàirt 29mh an Dàmhair ann an Oifisean na Comhairle, Rathad Shanndabhaig, Steòrnabhagh.

Thèid na h-oifigearan airson comataidh 2020 a thaghadh aig a’ choinneamh. Tha sinn a’ sìreadh bhuill ùra cuideachd ’s feum mòr orra. Bidh fàilte ro dhuine sam bith le ùidh ann an spòrs nan Gàidheal anns na h-Eileanan Siar.

Cuir molaidhean agus tagraidhean dhan rùnaire, Joanne Mitchell, ro-làimhe aig joanne_mitchell6 [at] sky.com

The Annual General Meeting of Comann Camanachd Leòdhais will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 29th Ocotber in the Comhairle Offices on Sandwick Road, Stornoway.

The office bearers for the 2020 committee will be chosen at the meeting. We are also actively seeking new ordinary committee members. We welcome anybody with an interest in the sport of the Gael in the Western Isles.

Please send any proposals or applications to the Secretary, Joanne Mitchell, beforehand at joanne_mitchell6 [at] sky.com

Suas leis an Dubh is Gorm

Champions 2019 – Lewis quickest on the HebCelt Draw in Shootout Drama

July 20th, 2019 No comments

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The 13th HebCelt Cup Final was certainly not an unlucky one for the watching spectator, as yet again the Island teams served up a thriller for the HebCelt crowds as good as anything in the main arena.

On an absolute scorcher of a day, 90 minutes couldn’t separate Camanachd Leòdhais and defending champions Uist Camanachd as the game finished 1-1. Aberdeen University’s Donnie MacRae gave Uist a first half lead. With 18 minutes to go Donald Lamont equalised with his 11th goal of the season but Uist managed to withhold some heavy pressure to ensure that the game finished tied at 90 minutes.

This led directly to the lottery of the penalty shootout and after all was said and done, Scott MacLeod scored the winning penalty to ensure the trophy came home to Lewis.

A huge thank you to Uist Camanachd for coming over and to the HebCelt Festival for their continued support.

A final thank you to everyone that came out to the game today. There was a large crowd on hand to witness an excellent game.

Next week is our final home game of the season as Strathspey make the trip to Shawbost.

We hope you come and support the Heb Celt Cup champions!

Race for the Drams

Donald’s goal in the HebCelt extends his lead in the scoring charts even further, after scoring his 10th goal in the 3-1 defeat at against Strathglass a couple of weeks ago. He is now only three goals short of equalling Will Church’s record for goals in a season recorded in 2013.

Donald Lamont 11

Ally Lamont 3

Scott MacLeod 2

Connor Chalmers, Stuart “Tyson” Campbell 1

Craig Morrison 1989-2009 | Ten Years Gone, Never Forgotten

July 2nd, 2019 No comments

 

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This week the club remembers the untimely passing of Craig Morrison at the age of 20 on the night of the 6th of July 2009.

Craig passed away in a tragic quad-bike accident ten years ago and left a hole in a fragile young club where a kind, friendly and committed young man and shinty player had been.

Hailing from Back, and having started playing shinty as a youngster in the developing Lewis shinty scene, Craig became a fixture at the club during the early days of the senior club, being an ever-present at training, playing in the Strathdearn and Sutherland Cup, as well as winning the HebCelt Cup in 2008. He would even drag in his brother Shaun to fill a shirt when numbers were low. Craig was a quiet, unassuming but important part of keeping the Dubh is Gorm going.

Craig was a second year deck cadet in the merchant navy. He had been working for Scotline and very much enjoyed life at sea.  He was home on leave and looking forward to returning to college in August at the time of his death.

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Craig Morrison at HebCelt Cup Final 2008

The loss of Craig happened just weeks before the HebCelt Cup in 2009, devastating his family and friends, and whilst there were initial thoughts of postponement, with the agreement of Craig’s family, the game went ahead, with a minute silence impeccably held by players from both Lewis and Uist. Uist won the game 3-0. Afterwards, Paul Duke spoke of a conversation that he had a month or two previously with Craig, ever the sportsman with the good of shinty at his heart, Craig had said “It would be quite nice if Uist won it this year, to keep things interesting.” Despite his short life, Craig would leave a lasting legacy amongst those who played with him.

MInute Silence For Craig Morrison July 2009

Minute Silence For Craig Morrison July 2009

After the initial coming together as a club in 2009, the 2010 started off as a difficult season for Camanachd Leòdhais with heavy cup defeats and a spread out player pool who were starting to feel a sense of discouragement after many years of plowing a lonely furrow for little success. What happened next became an important event in both paying tribute to a fallen friend, and protecting the future of the club he cared so much.

In order to mark Craig’s memory, the club committee decided to revive the Stornoway Sixes, which Craig had featured in its only previous playing in 2007, as the Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes. This also gave the club some extra competitive shinty on the island, a rare thing in the pre-league days. A memorial shield was commissioned and teams from Skye, Lochcarron, and the infamous Stromeferry (No Ferry) United, which featured players from Kinlochshiel, Lochbroom and Uist, ensured that all the West Coast’s clubs were there to pay tribute.

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The West Coast Shinty Community Comes Together to Pay Tribute to Craig Morrison in 2010

The success of that first tournament in 2010, including a draw by our A team against Skye Camanachd A, helped galvanise the club’s spirit and certainly contributed to the groundswell of enthusiasm for league entry in 2011. Craig would surely have been one of the most enthusiastic backers of that decision, and his memory was without doubt a motivating factor in  driving those involved to secure that first home game against Lochbroom.

Skye Camanachd A won that first sixes tournament, with Craig’s close friend and Camanachd Leòdhais legend Scott Murray winning Player of the Tournament, and both prizes were presented by Graham Morrison, Craig’s father.

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners "Simply the Best - Michael MacLeod VI"

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners “Simply the Best – Michael MacLeod VI”

Graham has continued to present the trophy whenever possible, the tournament having been held every year since, other than 2012, (a list of winners can be found here) and he is often joined by Craig’s mother Kareen, and the rest of the family. Our thoughts remain with them always and Craig’s memory is never far from the thoughts of those who played alongside him whenever they go on the park to represent the Dubh is Gorm.

The Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes 2019 will be held in the autumn after the end of the league season. Entries are welcome from all shinty clubs and selects. Contact secretary Jo Mitchell for more information.

Craig Morrison 1989-2009 – Gus am bris an là

 

Club record second away win of season with 4-1 victory in Cannich

June 24th, 2019 No comments

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After a long lay-off, punctuated only by a walkover when Inverness did not travel, last week’s 2-0 reversal at home to Beauly had been the only action the club had seen since games in May v Boleskine and Lochcarron.

Therefore the club was delighted to come away from an away trip to Strathglass with a 4-1 win.

Early goals made all the difference against a young opposition side supplemented by some veterans at Cannich.

Donald grabbed his eighth of the season after only four minutes to give the club the perfect start, before Connor Chalmers quickly made it two with his first goal since 2016.

Although Strathglass pulled one back, and made it a tighter game, Donald reestablished the lead with his ninth of the season, a record haul for him with the season just over half way complete. He’ll now be confident of being the first player in many years to get into double figures for the season.

In the second half, Tyson scored his first goal for the club since 2013 to finish off the scoring. It was a welcome win down at a ground which has been a happy hunting ground over the years for the Dubh is Gorm. Thanks to Strathglass for the game, and we welcome them to Shawbost on the 6th of July. The points from the win and the walkover to Inverness means we sit just two points behind the Cannich side.

In other news the club would like to pass on congratulations to Micheal Macdonald, former club secretary, and a key figure in the history of the club, having been the signatory to the club’s constitution. Micheal graduated in Medicine from the University of Aberdeen this weekend. Here he is joined by his brother Conor, former Lewis manager, and father, David, Honorary Chieftain. ‘S math rinn thu a Mhicheil!

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Strathdearn Cup Preliminary – Lovat 6 v Leodhas 1

May 3rd, 2019 No comments

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Lovat has been a regular venue for cup matches in the last few years, with matches in the Sutherland Cup, the defunct Strathdearn Plate and now the Strathdearn Cup. This preliminary round tie was refereed by Callum Duff as the team faced a tough task against the 2018 North Two Champs to break the club’s knockout cup hoodoo going back back to formation in 2007.

The club also made a return to playing in front of the cameras, which can be seen below, and thanks to the efforts of a well drilled Lewis defence with Michael MacLeod showing the benefits of playing at a higher standard last year, it was a tight game until around ten minutes before the interval with Ryan Ferguson finally getting the better of Scott MacLeod in fine form to give Dougie Shaw no chance between the sticks.

In the second half the Dubh is Gorm continued to go toe to toe with the Kiltarlity outfit, but the Lovat folk were determined to put the game to bed, and it seemed that they had with goals in quick succession on the hour mark from Martin Bell and Laura Gallacher.

However 5 minutes later, some great work from a free hit by Tyson and Callum MacRitchie fed Donald Lamont in the D and with one touch knocked it past the keeper. 3-1, and Donald matching a strike he scored on Lewis’ first game against Lovat 5 years before, and his fifth of the season.

Lewis rallied, and might have got a second to put the game back in play, but after pushing hard, our boys tired, and opportunities arose for the Lovat forwards, and exploiting this, the deadly Raymond Rennie grabbed a hat-trick to make the score 6-1 in the final ten minutes. Gaga had marshalled him excellently all game, and it was mark of how good a job he did for 80 minutes that he kept Rennie so quiet for the vast majority of the match.

The final score was not a reflection of the fine effort that the Dubh is Gorm put in throughout the match, but a great learning experience for the youngsters, in particular Callum who got a good run out against strong opponents. Gomez also made his 90th appearance for the club off the bench. In closing, we must pay tribute to Lovat’s hospitality and new facilities which were both excellent! The sauce for the chicken second to none!

Other than the HebCelt, the club’s cup exploits come to an end for another year, with a long awaited cup win still to materialise. However, if efforts continue along the lines of those shown on Saturday, then 2020 may hold some cup run glory at last. Returning to the league, home games start on May 11th against Boleskine. Come down to Shawbost and show your support!

Kingussie 4 – 1 Leòdhas; Brave performance at the Dell by the Dubh is Gorm

April 13th, 2019 No comments

Ceann a’ Ghiùthsaich 4 – Leòdhas 1

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Camanachd Leòdhais put in an excellent performance and pushed North Division One side, Kingussie Colts, all the way in the first round of the Sutherland Cup on Saturday 13th April at the historic Dell. Seeing the club’s name up in lights on the iconic Kingussie scoreboard was a sign of how far the club has come since the first cup matches in 2007.

Unfortunately na Leòdhasaich fell behind to a Ryan Borthwick goal after only 6 minutes, but our boys did not let that get them down and worked hard with Donald Lamont scoring on 24 minutes to equalise and also go clear as the club’s all-time top scorer on 40 goals.

Kingussie were frustrated by a hard working Lewis first half performance and only managed to go in ahead thanks to another from Borthwick on the stroke of half-time.

In the second half, our lads stuck to their task well, but Kings received a penalty on 56 mins that Borthwick scored to gain his hat-trick and then the Badenoch side finally gained some closure on the game with Calum Miller’s goal with 15 left.

However, they were made to fight every step of the way for their place in the second round by a motivated and passionate Dubh is Gorm squad, and despite the club still having not broken its cup hoodoo, it was a day for the whole island to be proud of its shinty team. Despite his record-breaking achievement, Donald showed his typical selfless class by tweeting “A proud day for the club. Proud of our performance. Dubh is Gorm gu siorraidh buan!”

Next week the club has another free weekend. We resume the week after away to Lovat in Strathdearn Cup action.

Race for the Drams 2019

Donald Lamont 4

Ally Lamont 3

Scott MacLeod 2