Away win in Cannich! 4-0 to the lads!

March 31st, 2018 No comments

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A big win and the first away win in three years! The boys played well to go in 2-0 in at halftime thanks to goals from Dukey and Gomez. Strathglass might have felt aggrieved to go in two down on the balance of play, but we came out and kicked on in the second half with excellent goals from Donald and a screamer from Dukey. Great performances all over the park kept Strathglass at bay to secure a first win in Cannich.

Under 14 match – Leòdhas 4 Beauly 9

March 24th, 2018 No comments

The weather held out just long enough on Saturday 24th March for everyone to enjoy a fantastic morning of junior shinty as our u-14 side hosted Beauly in a well-contested affair at Smith Avenue.

Beauly took the lead in the first couple of minutes but Lisa Mason equalised from a corner. Beauly then got their noses back in front just before the half time whistle.

The second half saw goals galore. Murdo MacRitchie equalised for Lewis shortly after the restart before a Beauly goal blitz saw them take a 5-2 lead. Lisa smartly deflected a Stewart MacRitchie shot to cut the deficit to 5-3 before a Callum MacRitchie strike made it 5-4 with fifteen to go. Beauly managed to take the initiative in the latter stages, stopping the comeback in its tracks, ultimately coming away with a 9-4 victory.

Both sets of players can be very pleased with their performances on the day. The goalkeepers and defenders for each side can be very proud of how well they did even with all the goals scored.

A massive thank you to Beauly for coming across the Minch to play us. We are incredibly appreciative of their efforts and hope they enjoyed travelling over as much as we enjoyed hosting them. Hopefully we can return the favour and send our juniors onto the mainland for a rematch in the near future.

Thank you to Henry MacInnes for refereeing the game. Beauly presented the club with a Gaelic plaque to commemorate their crossing the Minch, and it was apt that this was the first time a senior club has sent a youth team to Lewis, and that it was the same club who we made our league debut against in 2011.

Beauly youth team visit

March 20th, 2018 No comments

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Our youth team will be welcoming Beauly Under 14s to the island this Saturday 24th March.

The club are delighted to have a mainland youth team visit the island for the first time in many years. It is always great for the Leòdhasaich Òga to expand their skills against other opposition.

Sadly Shawbost is double booked so the game will be played on the Smith Avenue Astro from 10am.

The first team will be away to Kilmallie.

Lochcarron 3 v Lewis 0 | Season 8 underway

March 15th, 2018 No comments

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We got our 2018 season under way finally with a 3-0 defeat away to Lochcarron at Battery Park.

Liam Arnott scored on 8 minutes, but it was held at 1-0 until the 74th minute when Michael MacKinnon scored and then Lance McCuish with five minutes left.

There were debuts for Rab Macaskill and Crisdean MacRae as well as James MacRae returning for his second stint at the club, and Seumas Charity for his third stint with the Dubh is Gorm. Overall it was game which showed promise for the season to come.

We face Boleskine away this Saturday at Smith Park, Inverarnie – throw-up at 1.30pm.

 

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