We have to apologise for the opportunity to make some easy puns, but our good friend Seumas Charity is leaving the club to return to his hometown club of Lochbroom.
Seumas signed for Lewis in 2013 from the Broom and secured his place in Leodhasach folklore by scoring a screamer of an opener against Lochcarron at Battery Park in only his third game, which was agonisingly close to a historic victory, but still yielded an important point. Seumas played a range of roles last season from defence to forward and developed as a player. He was part of the Lewis A team which won the Craig Morrison Sixes. He also achieved representative honours with Alba at Iomain Cholmcille in Galway whilst at the club.
Seumas released a statement thanking the club: “I just wanted to say how much I appreciated the welcome I got last season and how much the guys have helped me develop, especially Paul Duke, Conor and Diablo, but also the Gaisgeach, Eoghan Stewart. I can’t thank everyone enough for how much effort you all went to to make me welcome.”
“Playing for Lewis this season was going to be difficult for me with travel and not being able to train with the squad and when Ian McFadyen asked me to play for Broom this season it felt like a good time to go back, a stronger and better player.”
“I wish Lewis Camanachd all the best for the future, and no doubt I’ll see you all at Inverlael or at Siabost followed by a big session.”
It won’t be long until we play Broom, despite the game being off last week. We play them on the 15th March at Inverlael.
photo from Lochbroom by firstname.lastname@example.org
After the disappointment of the Lochcarron game being cancelled due to weather, we were all looking forward to the Minch Cup for some much needed shinty action before the season started.
However, on Friday morning the MV Isle of Lewis had another of its ever more frequent breakdowns and was not due to be in Stornoway for Saturday morning.
Not to be deterred, Donald and Dukey managed to arrange a group discount with FlyBE through Roy Bogle and the BGT was prepped to sort out transport on the mainland side. Thanks for their assiatance.
Unfortunately, the weather took a slight turn for the worse and Lochbroom declared Inverlael unplayable and it was too late notice to get the game shifted to another venue. Always a disappointment to not get the Minch Cup played but we will face Lochbroom on March 15.
A great tribute to the unquenchable spirit of the club’s players that they were willing to go to such lengths to get the game played. Training has being going well recently, and the commitment that got the club into the leagues and has built up over the last three seasons is much in evidence.
It will be a strange feeling to have the season start next weekend without us in action, our first match away to Strathspey has been delayed by a week due to the unavailability of the Grantown side’s new park at Grantown Grammar School. We look forward to visiting their new ground on March 8th, throw-up will probably be around 1pm, if you are in the area pop down.
Camanachd Leòdhais will throwup the 2014 shinty season proper on 1 March away to Strathspey. The next game away will be to Lochbroom on 15 March.
Shinty returns to Lewis with Strathspey visiting on May 3.
As regards the cups, we face Lovat on April 5 in Kiltarlity in the Sutherland Cup and host Strathspey at home on May 31 in the Strathdearn. There will also be a Strathdearn Plate this year for those teams losing in the first round.
Due to the shortage of teams in the league this year, the league will split into top and bottom three on July 12. Teams will then play each other another two times to decide promotion and final league placings. Perhaps not a perfect solution but one which the club will face with relish after a long close season as we seek to continue to progress.
Training continues apace, please get your memberships in.