Lewis win the Far North Sixes – 10 Years On

June 5th, 2020 No comments
Scott Murray Conor Macdonald Shinty Lewis

Conor and Scott at Broom Bar 2010

Today marks ten years since an important day in Camanachd Leòdhais history.

It marks ten years since Conor Macdonald lifted the Far North Sixes trophy in Scourie on a glorious sunny Sutherland day in June.

The Far North Sixes was a tournament the club were looking forward to debuting in, as it was a felt it might be a more suitable level of competition for Camanachd Leòdhais. Battered and bruised by some horrific cup maulings, it really felt for that small tight knit group of players that had gone through the four seasons prior that coming up against mainland opposition was like swimming the Minch in a suit of armour.  All the hard effort, training twice a week only to take a smashing away from home, like the 18-0 scoreline against Skye in Portree a month before, was really starting to take its toll. The long term sustainability of shinty in Lewis & Harris felt at stake.

There was significant risks however, Kinlochbervie had a cracking team of u18s who were playing regularly at youth level all across the Highlands, and even down in Oban and the St Andrew’s Sixes. Well-coached and motivated, they would travel almost anywhere for a game, and indeed had won the Mid-Minch Medal Youth Tournament in Stornoway comfortably the three times it was held, the most recent earlier that month.

The Farr Camanachd first team as well had some solid units as well, including Andrew Henderson, who would sign for Lewis for a season the next year. It was going to be an intriguing day

There was also the added complication of Calum ‘Stompy’ Stamper sleeping in and missing the Ferry, but also having the strips in his car. There was a little bit of classic intrigue, as Eòghan and Diablo, assisted by John Nally had put the senior players, Scott Murray, Daniel ‘Gaga’ Gallagher and Conor Macdonald (who captained) into the ‘B’ Team, decked out in Alba strips, and the ‘A’ consisting of Eòghan, Duncan Edwards and the majority of the youngsters wearing Nicolson Institute yellow.

It would prove to be a rip-roaring day.

Lewis v Lewis 2010

Lewis v Lewis 2010

Here’s the Stornoway Gazette report from the 8/6/2010

It was a great day for shinty but in particular shinty in Lewis and Harris as Conor Macdonald of Camanachd Leòdhais hoisted aloft the Kinlochbervie Fishselling Company Cup at the Far North Sixes in Scourie last Saturday.

With nearby Suilven cloaked dramatically in mist, the trip north from Ullapool was sun soaked until reaching Scourie where a thick harr lay over the park.  However, as the day progressed this layer burned off and eventually the scene was set for the sun to shine on na Leòdhasaich’s finest hour since the Hebcelt Cup in 2008. This trip to Duthaich MhicAoidh was to be a true day of glory, a raid on the North West Highlands of a type not seen Domhnall Cam MacAulay’s day.

The club were able to send two teams to their debut in the competition which has been running for three years. Nicolson Institute coaches John Nally and Iain Sinclair combined with Eòghan Stewart to manage the teams.

Lewis “A” got things off to a start and considering they were the weaker team they faced up to a the host Kinlochbervie who only a long range looping shot from Kyle Clark could beat young Euan Gilmour in goals in the final minute.  The addition of Stewart, who sat in at fullback and marshalled KLB’s mercurial striker Oliver Feliz robustly but fairly, helped but this was a great start by a team which consisted almost entirely of less experienced and younger players and apart from Stewart and Duncan Edwards had been beaten convincingly by KLB in Stornoway last month.

The Lewis “B’ team then made their debut in the competition against their “A” team and both teams played in a good competitive spirit but James “Tich” Morrison swept in a couple of nice goals to ensure the “B” team got off to a flying start although Callum Blane almost sneaked one past Conor MacDonald in the A team goals when it took a wicked deflection of Macdonald’s shin.

James “Jambo” Morrison and James “Tich” Morrison lined up in attack and “Jambo” was a real nuisance as Lewis “B” then took on the Farr “B” team, several of whom were wearing kilts in a hark back to traditions of days gone by.  Farr “B” were perhaps the weakest team in the tournament but they were hearty and stuffy and it took two moments of magic from “Tich” Morrison to unlock their defence. His two goals were worthy of winning any game.  The first one saw him turn one way then the other and drive it past the keeper from 20 yards and the second was a well struck ball from a well weighted pass by Connor Chalmers, on as sub for Jambo, that tore in to the net.

The “A” team were then unfortunate to suffer almost exactly the same fate as they did against KLB in their game against Farr “A”, where a long looping shot with 30 seconds left on the clock killed of the spirited youngsters.  Farr “A” were a good tough outfit and it was probably the “A” team’s best performance of the whole tournament. Ryan MacCallum worked away well in midfield as did several of the other youngsters, Blane, Ally, Toby and the slightly older Duncan Edwards.  

Both Lewis teams stood aside and drank in the feast of shinty that enfolded in front of them, and were careful to analyse their opponents strengths and weaknesses.  With KLB having won all their previous 3 games, including a furious game with their local rivals Farr “A”, the scene was set for what was practically a final with the hosts.

Both teams took a couple of minutes to settle but then Lewis started to dominate with Scott Murray standing predominate.  The full centre dealt well with the athletic Clark and Dodi and hopefully he can take this from into next months HebCelt fixture against Uist.

At the back Paddy Sinclair and Daniel “Gaga” Gallagher kept Feliz quiet and the “Gaga” cleared the ball of the line in the only moment of real danger for na Leòdhasaich.

KLB as a team have a very strong connection with Fort William Shinty Club so it was all the sweeter for young “Tich”, who grew up in Inverlochy supporting their local rivals Kilmallie, to slam home the winner after dispossessing the KLB defenders.  The roar from Eòghan Stewart on the sidelines was deafening and the support throughout the day from the  “A” and “B” teams for each other was fantastic. As the referee Graham Cormack blew the whistle KLB were distraught and Lewis celebrated as they realised that they only needed to not lose by more than one goal against Farr “A” to secure the title.

Farr “A” gave the “B”s probably their toughest encounter of the whole day although with Murray again on top form the outcome of Lewis losing was never on the menu although Conor MacDonald was called into action more frequently than in the three previous games.  In the end, “Tich” could not add to his top scoring tally of 5 goals (a tally which now makes him the club’s all-time top scorer on his debut for the seniors!) and the game was an entertaining 0-0 draw which secured the trophy. Lewis celebrated as if they had beaten Kingussie 10-0 to lift the Camanachd Cup itself.

The final game of the tournament was a hearty game for the “A” team against Farr “B”. Eòghan Stewart moved to full centre with Duncan Edward in goal and the hard-working Toby Smith on from the start. Despite almost constant pressure, the kilted men (and lady) from Bettyhill somehow kept a clean sheet. A highly entertaining 0-0 draw brought down the curtain upon a fantastic day.

All that was left was the presentation of the trophies. In the Junior competition Farr were able to overcome KLB after a playoff but it was a delighted Conor Macdonald who had the honour of being the first Lewis captain since Paul Duke in 2008 to lift a trophy for competition.

Scott Murray was a deserved player of the tournament, bossing the midfield imperiously and was unlucky not to get his own name on the scoresheet. Murray showed the form that he has always been capable of and hopefully this is a great sign for the future with the two James Morrisons, Paddy Sinclair and Ryan MacCallum all looking like senior material already.

Eòghan Stewart thanked the organisers, in particular Heather MacNeil, but the whole community of the North West were very welcoming and hopefully Lewis can host a similar tournament in the near future. It was a day for making new friends and creating competitive rivalries which are the lifeblood of sport.

We also did a previous look back in 2014 which can be read here.

The legacy of the win is really crucial to the next steps of the Camanachd Leòdhais story. The boost in confidence it gave the club, coupled with the success of the inaugural Craig’s Sixes a month later certainly reinvigorated the enthusiasm around the club and the next step was league entry. Scott Murray indeed showed that he could run a game, a feat he did many times with aplomb as Lewis entered the leagues. More importantly though, a significant number of youth players involved in both teams that day went on to play key roles in the Dubh is Gorm, including Paddy Sinclair, Michael MacLeod, Al Reed, and Connor Chalmers. One player who never kicked on to the senior team was goal-scoring hero James ‘Tich’ Morrison, although he did provide great memories later that summer with a complete mugging of Uist Camanachd’s defence in the HebCelt Cup.

The Far North Sixes was always a great day out at the pitch in Scourie, impeccable run by Heather MacNeil and Pauline MacLeod and their committee at KLB. The weather almost always scorching, except for one particular year. It provided a lot of good memories with Al Reed and Steven Morrison picking up player of the Tournament in 2015 and 2016 respectively, as well as a development opportunity for young Leòdhasachs. The final running of the tournament in 2017 saw us send three u14 teams and it was greatly enjoyed by all.

Sadly the once thriving Far North shinty scene has withered away to virtually nothing. Kinlochbervie’s stalwarts finally decided to take a step back a few years ago, Lochbroom, Ullapool’s senior team and our one time landlords have been defunct as a league unit since 2015 (other than a 2016 appearance at the Far North Sixes), the Farr High School team in Bettyhill  is long gone (and the Naver Athletic Club that entered cup competition for one season is even longer gone), and the shinty club in Caithness, despite a couple of forays in the cups, has never kicked on to becoming a league club. A big loss for the Camanachd Association to have everything North of Garve on the mainland be a shinty desert again, but perhaps one day there will be a return to Minch Cups, Mid-Minch medals and Far North Sixes. It was a great time for the Sport of the Gael in the Far North, and when some sort of normality returns one might hope to see at least some type of revival.

Whatever the significance of the event historically, it was also just a great day for all involved, the drive back to Ullapool through stunning scenery and a quick catch up in the late lamented Broom Bar before catching the ferry home. A day that had all the best things that shinty can offer. Good play, good friends and good weather.

Results

Lewis A v Lewis B 0-2, v KLB 0-1, v Farr A 0-1, v Farr B 0-0

Eòghan Stewart, Toby Smith, Duncan Edwards, Al Reed, Callum Blane, Euan Gilmour, Michael MacLeod

Lewis B v Lewis A 2-0, v Farr B 2-0, v KLB 1-0, v Farr A 0-0

Conor Macdonald, Scott Murray, James ‘Tich’ Morrison, Connor Chalmers, Paddy Sinclair, James ‘Jambo’ Morrison, Daniel ‘Gaga’ Gallagher

 

2020 season cancelled – Club statement

May 30th, 2020 No comments

The Camanachd Association has today announced the cancellation of all current competitions due to be played in 2020. Unfortunately this puts a premature end to our tenth consecutive league campaign as well as the Strathdearn & Sutherland cup competitions.

Whilst disappointing, we recognise that completing these competitions in the current climate was going to be extremely difficult & we appreciate that the Camanachd Association have come forward & provided clarity.

We look forward to getting back to playing shinty whether it be later this year or next.

Click on the link to read the full statement from the Camanachd Association.100947327_3035992519812021_14454699549786112_o

Dubh is Gorm

Nuair a thill an iomain – When the shinty returned

May 14th, 2020 No comments

Action from Lochbroom V Lewis at Shawbost

An-diugh, o chionn naoi bliadhna chaidh a’ chiad gheam lìog ann an eachdraidh Innse Gall a chluich aig Sgoil Shiaboist air Taobh Siar Eilean Leòdhais. Gu freagarrach, chluich Leòdhas an aghaidh Loch Bhraoin, a’ chiad sgioba a chluich an club nuair thòisich sgioba nam fear ann an 2007.

Chaidh an geam leis na Braoinich gu h-ìre mhath furasta 7-1, ach chunnaic na ceudan de dhaoine eachdraidh ga dèanamh air a’ phàirc agus far na pàirce an latha sin. Bha mòran dhaoine air strì is sabaid fad ùine mhòr airson a’ chothruim seo agus ged nach urrainn dhuinn ar deicheamh seusan mar chlub lìog a chomharrachadh, tha sinn a’ coimhead air adhart ri bhith a’ cluich an ath bhliadhna no nuair a tha e sàbhailte tilleadh dhan iomain.

Today nine years ago the very first league game in the history of the Outer Hebrides was played at the Sgoil Shiabost pitch on the West Side of Lewis. Fittingly it saw Camanachd Leòdhais face Lochbroom, who were the first team the club had played when the senior men’s team was started in 2007.

The game went quite easily to the Broom 7-1 but hundreds of people saw history being made on and off the park that day. Many people had struggled and fought to bring about this happening and although we aren’t at the moment able to mark our tenth season as a league club properly, we look forward to next year or whenever it will be safe to return to shinty.

IMG_0117

Sguad Leòdhais v Lochbroom 14/5/11  – Conor Macdonald, Daniel Gallagher, Eoghan Stewart, Stuart “Tyson” Campbell, Scott Murray, Paul Duke, Calum Stamper, Micheal Macdonald, Sean MacLeod, Donald Lamont, Paddy Sinclair, Michael MacLeod, Daniel McFadden, Andrew Murray Macdonald, Andrew Henderson

Leòdhas 1 (Scott Murray) Lochbroom 7 (Sandy Urquhart 2, Josh Talbot 2, Jamie MacFadyen 2, Steven Bellshaw) – Referee: John Spod MacLeod, Skye

Match report from Stornoway Gazette 19/5/2011

Shawbost for Shinty as Hebridean History made

Camanachd Leòdhais suffered from a touch of stagefright as they went down to Lochbroom in the first-ever game of league shinty to be played in the Western Isles.

The eyes of the shinty world and indeed a great deal of the national media were on a small piece of ground on the Westside of Lewis as the game of the Gael returned to the land of the Gael.

A crowd of over 200 watched as history was made and the game started, a little late due to some teething problems with getting the new goals in place.

Fans came from far and wide, but special mention must go to die-hard fan Kevin “Lamp-post” Morrison, who had driven from Newcastle (via Glasgow to pick up Stuart “Tyson” Campbell”).

Lochbroom had taken a large travelling support as well and although they had left the mainland in heavy rain, the sun shone as the game began at Sgoil Shiaboist.

Lining up for Lochbroom was Martin “Toad” MacLean, who had played for Beauly in the last senior shinty game in Lewis, the Mod Cup against Skye in 1987.

Lewis started the brighter of the two teams, despite having not been able to have a warm-up but Donald Lamont and Calum “Stompy” Stamper did not take advantage of the opportunities which fell their way.

Unfortunately, the first goal to be scored was a Lochbroom one as Sandy Urquhart took advantage of room to blast the ball past Conor MacDonald after quarter of an hour.

Lochbroom were then on the front foot and they doubled their lead 5 minutes later with a messy goal that MacDonald almost stopped with his foot and then went in off the post.  Josh Talbot was the scorer.

Captain Scott Murray struck a long ball in from 40 yards which deceived former Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Ruairidh Hughes.  This historic strike was greeted by a roar from the watching crowd.

Sean MacLeod was having a fine game on the left wing having cut out the flights of fancy which have blighted his game for large parts of this season. In fact his opponent was substituted just after Murray’s goal by James “Ach” MacRae, who has links with Bernera, due to his dominance.

Then the mistakes which would cost the islanders the chance of winning the game started, the first one from Eòghan Stewart, who in a rush of blood to the head ran to tackle Talbot leaving Urquhart totally free to receive a push pass and slam the ball home.

Steven Bellshaw began to pull the strings at buckshee forward and his pushing and prodding pulled the defence apart, with Gallagher, Duke and Stewart all over the shop, Talbot grabbed the fourth and with the Lewis centre-line being drawn back to assist, Broom’s full centre Jamie MacFadyen used the room this created to score with 5 minutes left of the first half. MacFadyen was very impressive and got the upper hand on both Murray and Campbell in midfield.

The second half saw the game settle down and Lewis again had the best of the play despite playing against the wind.  The forwards were too profligate yet again although debutant Daniel McFadden showed in spells that he will be a great player in the future.

Any chance of a Lewis comeback was ended on 65 minutes after a concerted spell of scrappy defending, which might easily have been ended by simply putting the ball out the wings, resulted in Bellshaw scoring a scrappy goal that emerged from a melee on the edge of the D and rolled in, Stewart stretching despairingly to clear as it finished two inches over the line.

Lewis rallied again but MacFadyen scored the goal of the day when a well worked piece of play between himself and Paddy Wilson split the defence.  However, Stewart tackled him and it seemed that the big Gaelic teacher had pinched the ball, however the bounce favoured MacFadyen and he carried on to slot the ball home with quarter of an hour remaining.

Na Leòdhasaich then began to fade in the last fifteen due to a lack of fitness but nevertheless they closed out the game without any further damage, although they were disappointed to have conceded more goals against Lochbroom than against any other team in the league bar Aberdeen.

The large crowd stayed for the full game and almost on cue an Atlantic squall hit 5 minutes after the final whistle.  Of course, such a large crowd will not be the norm but if even a quarter of these new shinty fans return each week it will be a great boost for both the moral and the coffers of the club.

Lewis manager Paul Duke, who was watched by his new-born son Seumas, “I think that the occasion got to us especially as we were running around putting things in place up until the last minute. Our all round general play was good we just suffered from a few simple but catastrophic errors by the defence.  We also didn’t take any of our chances up front, scoring goals changes the complexion of a game. That was Lochbroom’s strongest possible side and they also had the edge in fitness.  I want to send a message to our players especially the youth, they need to start attending training and getting fit if they expect to get on the park.”

Lochbroom double goalscorer Sandy Urquhart said “We were very impressed by the Lewis boys, they have improved greatly, the score didn’t reflect their level of performance and we all had a great time in Stornoway.”

Despite the score, it was a highly successful day and in the post-match function at Stornoway Golf Club, sponsored by Harris Tweed Hebrides, a range of speakers including Harris Tweed Hebrides chairman Brian Wilson and Camanachd Association president Archie Robertson, paid tribute to both teams, to the individuals, both past and present, who brought shinty back to Lewis and Harris and to the historic nature of the day.

This was Robertson’s first official visit as President of the sport’s governing body. Although he was clear to point out that Lewis are still “on trial” as regards continued league entry, it was also evident that he was impressed by the whole set-up.

Also speaking at the function was Hugh Dan MacLennan, who commentated on the game for MacTV.  The esteemed shinty historian praised the surface at Shawbost “It was certainly one of the finest surfaces in shinty, it is a fantastic facility.”

So history has been made, and now begins the normality of regular matches in Lewis.  Next up is Ardnamurchan this Saturday, Lewis will be looking to avenge a 6-2 defeat in Strontian last time out.  Come along and show your support.

 

 

Make it a Glen Double in the Cups for Lewis

February 6th, 2020 No comments

Orchyshinty

The club will be facing more “Glens” than a whisky connoisseur this season. after we were drawn against South Division Two Glenorchy in the first round of the Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup.

This will be the first time the clubs have met due to playing in different districts. Glenorchy are based at Dalmally, and have a proud history as a club, being established in 1965, have played at Premier Division and National Division level within the last decade, and indeed won this very competition in 1982.

The game was a home draw for the club so the committee will be looking at all the options for playing the fixture in a suitable venue due to the timetables and lack of availability of Shawbost Park until May. The winner will face a trip to either Kyles Athletic or Kilmory on the 23rd of May.

Camanachd Leòdhais have played South district opposition on four occasions in the Sutherland Cup in its history; GMA in 2007, a 4-0 defeat at Yoker; Aberdour in 2009, a 5-0 defeat at the Bught; Inveraray in 2010, a 9-0 defeat at Inveralel and Oban Lorne, a defeat on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Ganavan.

This follows on from the already confirmed Strathdearn Cup preliminary round against Glenurquhart on the 28th of March. This was also a home draw, but again the committee will be investigating where this will be played due to the timetables and lack of Shawbost’s availability. The winner of that game will meet Inverness in the next round.

Glenshinty

2020 Draft Fixtures Published

February 2nd, 2020 No comments

The draft fixtures for 2020 have been published by the Camanachd Association.

The club starts its 10th season as a league club with a visit to Boleskine on the 7th of March (where incidentally the club finished its first league season). Then it’s a visit to Strathspey, and then to Inverness before March is completed with a Strathdearn Cup Preliminary Match against Glenurquhart, the first time the clubs will have met in a competitive fixture. The winner will face Inverness in the first round proper.

The rest of the season’s fixtures can be seen here  although other fixtures of note are the first home fixture against Strathglass on the 2nd of May, and the season coming to an end with an away game to Aberdeen on the 15th of August and a home game v Lochaber on 22nd of August.

2019heb

 

Deagh latha còmhla ris na Gàidheil aig Farpais nan Gàidheal

January 18th, 2020 No comments

82815043_10221201882139495_1350505075558055936_n

Dh’fhalbh Pòl, Sean, Callum agus Rab gu Inbhir Nis airson Farpais nan Gàidheal, farpais airson brosnachadh cleachdadh Gàidhlig ann an iomain, agus bha iad gu math taingeil do Ailean agus Iain Doochan às an Eilean agus Alex Dunnings à Meadarloch airson cluiche còmhla riutha. ‘S e deagh chothrom beagan cluiche a dhèanamh ron t-seusan agus coinneachadh ri Gàidheil eile ann an saoghal na h-iomain.

Inbhir Nis 3 v Leòdhas 1 (Callum MacRitchie)

Aiseag an Stròim 4 v Leòdhas 1 (Alex Dunnings)

Srath Ghlais 2 v Leòdhas 2 (Alex Dunnings, Iain Doochan MacPherson)

Camanachd an Eilein 5 v Leòdhas 1 (Iain Doochan MacPherson)

‘S e na Sgitheanaich a bhuannaich an fharpais aig a’ cheann thall agus bha i ga cur air dòigh le Iomain Cholmcille le taic o Bhòrd na Gàidhlig. Chaidh Callum ainmeachadh mar an cluicheadair as fheàrr aig Camanachd Leòdhais tron latha.

A great day out for Rab, Paul, Sean and Callum at the Gaelic Community Sixes – Farpais nan Gàidheal in Inverness. Joined by Allan and Iain Doochan from Skye and Alex Dunnings from Benderloch. It was a fun day meeting up with Gaelic speaking pals from across Scotland, and Callum was awarded the best Lewis player prize, thanks in no small part to a phenomenal goal against Inverness.

 

Iomain Challainn – Team Dukey takes the spoils on pens

January 5th, 2020 1 comment

82219062_2244718099171027_314148480853475328_n

After the special occasion of the Iolaire game for the last Iomain Challainn, normal service was resumed for 2020 with two sides picked by senior players Paul Duke and Stuart “Tyson” Campbell for the traditional New Year game on the 4th of January again played at Smith Avenue.

Entirely unintentionally it was a little tribute to the 30th anniversary of Skye’s Camanachd Cup win with a team led by a Skyeman taking on a Newtonmore led team.

Team Dukey – Yellow

Dukey, Ciaran, Sean, Kieran, Craig, Stewart, Callum

Team Tyson – Red

Tyson, Willie, Owen, Dylan, Gaga, Daniel Harrison

 

Kieran opened the scoring for the Dukey team but a hat trick from Tyson himself took his team into halftime with the lead 3-1.

Callum responded after the interval, but Tyson added a brace and then Dylan notched a goal to make it 6-2 and make it look like the Sgitheanach would triumph over the Newtonmore man’s team. Then the big fightback started with Callum and Ciaran grabbing two each (Callum completing his hat-trick) to make it 6-all, then Stewart made it 7-6 to Dukey’s team. Tyson himself made it 7-7 at the last gasp to complete his double hat-trick and bring it penalties.

It was a tight penalty shootout that went several ways, but in the end  Dukey’s team got the momentum and penalties from the captain, Stewart and Ciaran made it a 3-2 score. A good day had by all and good to see the young players having a strong impact in the game. It was a great way to mark the 10th running of the revived Iomain Challainn since it was started on Hogmanay 2010 by Sean MacLeod who played for Team Dukey in this fixture as well as a good way to begin our tenth season as a league club.

 

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

73012919_2389294928064841_7779287354858012672_n

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

IMG_3944

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.

IMG_3943

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)