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

Other News

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.

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.