Camanachd Leòdhais looked forwards and backwards with the annual awards dinner last Saturday. For the first time, the player of the year prize was shared. Top-scorer Will Church and club stalwart defender Daniel ‘Gaga’ Gallagher jointly received the silver quaich.
Will scored 14 goals this season and is the club’s all time top scorer. Will has been a fantastic signing for Lewis and is a great example of someone who has come to the sport in later life and made great strides.
‘Gaga’ has always been an important figure for Leòdhasach shinty, having been involved almost since the sport was reintroduced and becoming an iconic figure renowned through the shinty world but in 2013 found another level and he impressed many opponents with his defensive play this year. A two time previous winner of the award.
As the prize is voted for by their teammates, both players deserved the support and respect of their peers.
Scott MacLeod won the junior award. Scott received representative honours with Skye Wester Ross this year as well as captaining the Lewis colts. His family have a strong connection with the club and hopefully Scott will soon make his first team debut.
Presentations were also made to chair Annette Murray and Trish Sinclair for their contributions off the park. Iain Sinclair summed up a season which brimmed with potential but too often fell short of greatness by looking at the top ten moments. Wins against Strathspey and Uist were big highlights and the club joined in song and dance to look forward to 2014 with vigor. Thank you to all at the Lodge for their hospitality, in particular Donald’s magnificent roast beef!
The first act of 2014 will be the traditional Iomain Challainn at Bayhead on Saturday 4th January, with players meeting at 1.30pm for a 2pm throwup. In the tradition of old fixtures between the Stornoway Athletic Club and the Stornoway Tailors at Tong beach, as well as the games played in the 1990s revival, this ancient Gaelic tradition will see two sides picked and playing for bragging rights for the next year. Any shinty players visiting the island are also invited to take part if they wish and it is always an entertaining spectacle for those who wrap up warm.
Iomain Challainn – New Year Shinty Match
Bayhead, 2pm, Saturday 4 January
Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ùr bho na cluicheadairean agus buill-chomataidh de Chamanachd Leòdhais.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the players and committee members of Lewis Camanachd.
Our annual Iomain Challainn will take place on Saturday January 4th 2014 at 2pm at Bayhead. All players welcome and teams will be decided on the day. It is the longest continuously running New Year game in the Western Isles and we welcome everybody and anybody to come along.
Everybody is also looking forward to the annual awards dinner on Friday December 27th at the Fortrose Lodge. If you cannot attend, please submit your votes for the player of the year awards to Diablo or Jinxy. Bring a dessert and something for the raffle. Tickets cost £10.
Camanachd Leodhais will welcome our friends from Lochcarron Camanachd to Shawbost for a pre-season friendly on Saturday 15th February.
This will be a fine opportunity to renew acquaintances with our friends from Wester Ross who were promoted to North Division Two this year. Both clubs have always had a close affinity since Lochcarron competed in the Craig Morrison Sixes in 2010 and were one of our strongest and steadfast supporters in terms of our application for, and subsequent retention of league status. We have had some enjoyable matches with them over the years and have forged strong friendships both on and off the park.
Lochcarron will be under the new management of Ross Brown who takes over from Kenny “Duffy” Murray.
Throw-up time TBC, more information near the time.
Circuits are at the later time of 8pm this Thursday 12th December for this week only.
Senior and Youth Training continues On Saturdays at the Sport Centre.
Many happy returns Crawford MacLellan on his half-century today – he will be departing again soo for another foreign tour with the army reserves and we wish him well in that also.
Whilst the seniors are well into preparations for the new season already. Let’s not forget the valuable work being done at the different youth levels.
At present training for primaries continues at Stornoway Primary every Wednesday with Connor Chalmers assisting Iain Sinclair ( this is held indoors at present). Sixteen regularly attend & an inter school tournament with other local schools who have participated in taster sessions is planned for the New Year.
In the secondary 20 S2 pupils are taking shinty every Friday afternoon outdoors with Iain and youth co-ordinator Sean MacLeod. Iain also runs a lunchtime indoor session every Thursday at The Nicolson. Around 12 attend this session.
Finally we have youth training for primaries and lower secondaries every Saturday morning (indoors at present) at the Sport Centre. Al Reid and Boyd MacKenzie all chip in alongside Iain and Sean. Around 10 attend this session with people travelling from as far a field as Harris, but the club could always do with more players turning up to this Saturday event.
The club is working with the Camanachd Assocaition and is hopeful that an island development league will be put in place for 2014, hopefully with teams from Uist, Harris and Skye.
Over and above that youth teams will hopefully again compete in the Scourie Sixes and The Berneray Causeway Trophy, as well as other competitive opportunities, as and when these might arise. The club also hopes to run another Shinty Camp in the holidays next year as well as continue its links with Feis Eilean Na Hearadh.
NEW PLAYERS OF ALL AGES ALWAYS WELCOME – An t-Ionnsachadh Og, An t-Ionnsachadh Boidheach
Not that we are one to promote the breaking of copyright, but the whole of Trusadh: Camanachd Leodhais – Dubh is Gorm has been uploaded to YouTube.
You can follow the adventures of Dukey, Archie and Ebomb and the rest of the wacky Dubh is Gorm crew on their maiden season here – There are six parts to the EHPIC!
“I want controlled aggression – AND THAT MEANS GOALS”