Archive for March, 2014

Cabers 2 – Lewis 1

March 30th, 2014 1 comment

Thank you to Caberfeidh Camanachd Club for their great hospitality on Saturday in their lovely clubhouse. A great set-up and a lively home crowd. We were very much the polite guests, so much so that we refused to take any of the multitude of chances that came our way in the first half. A wee sickener lost just before half time was hard to take, and Cabers raised their game in the second half to grab a second. Duffy got his Lewis scoring off the mark to give us hope of a comeback but it wasn’t to be. Some great performances all over the park though, Al did well and great to see Andy Bambi back in the swing of things.

Next week is Lovat in the cup, more info to follow.

A big shout out to Crawford as well for sending best wishes before the game all the way from Kabul. Wishing him all the best and we look forward to seeing him safe and well on his return. #dubhisgormistan

Is Caomh Leam Camanachd! Easter Shinty Camp 10th & 11th April

March 27th, 2014 No comments

After the massive success of Campa an t-Samhraidh last summer, Camanachd Leodhais is delighted to be running Campa na Caisge – Easter Shinty Camp on Thursday 10 April and Friday 11 April.

This camp is for all youngsters who wish to develop their shinty skills, whether they are experienced players or absolute beginners, from Lewis & Harris or visiting for the holidays. Equipment will be provided but participants should bring their own equipment, suitably labelled, if they have it.

The camp was very successful last year, with 16 keen participants developing their skills under the watchful eye of expert coaches. Shinty Camp graduate Scott MacLeod went on to represent Skye & Wester Ross Under 14s in the District Championship and hopefully, several of the youngsters involved will develop into adult players.

The Camp will run from 11am – 3pm at Smith Avenue Astroturf in Stornoway.  The cost is £4 per day.

The Camp is being run with assistance from the Camanachd Association and in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Motiv8 programme. Please contact  01851 822800 for more information.

Strathspey 4 v Lewis 2

March 22nd, 2014 No comments

A brave, fighting second half was not enough to take anything from this game at Grantown Grammar School. Two soft goals in the first half gave the boys a mountain to climb in the second half, and whilst Will scored a peach to take it back to 2-1, it went 3-1 after Andy Hay, who bagged a hat-trick was left unmarked at a free hit. Will banged in his second to again swing the momentum towards Lewis but a fourth for Spey was met by relief by the home support as it provided a cushion to close out the game. Lewis never stopped battling until the end and a little luck against an on-form Spey keeper might have seen a different result to what was a hard-fought fixture.

Thanks to all our supporters who made the trip, and to all the players who were in attendance, especially those who didn’t make it onto the park. Great to see the dedication from the squad as always.

Next week, Caberfeidh, Saturday 29th March, Throwup TBC

Away V Strathspey, 22/3/14, 1.30pm

March 21st, 2014 No comments

All things being well, we can hopefully get the long awaited game v Strathspey played.  We will be visiting the Spey’s new park at Grantown Grammar School, directions are below. Their old park at Freuchie was a good old-school shinty experience, and it saw some ding dong battles and the 6-6 draw will live long in the memory and as a new club ourselves we appreciate the difficulties of securing a pitch, so we look forward to visiting their new facility for the first time.  The game is to be filmed by the Camanachd Association cameras, so hopefully Dukey has washed off this #makeupselfie lippy by then!

All players to Ferry Terminal for 6.30am. Mainland players meet at park for 12noon. Come and support the island boys if you are in the area.



March Update – University News and Lochbroom

March 18th, 2014 No comments

Thanks to the intrepid fans who braved the frankly terrifying weather at Lochbroom, and the Glasgow boys for making an epic trip despite all the challenges of travel they faced. New Princess Swag Poppy took some good pictures as well, and they will go in the gallery.  We can be pretty proud of how our shying held up in the tempest, and the photo below is proof that the lads were on top form. It was great to take a point away from Ullapool for the first time, and a bit like the League Cup Final it was a rather gripping 0-0 draw, but the kind of fixture we had a habit of throwing away. Thanks to Lochbroom Camanachd, The Arch and Lochbroom Sport Centre for their hospitality and we’ll hopefully see you all in Lewis in May.


Congratulations on two fronts to two of our players. Alasdair Lamont played a goalscoring role as Edinburgh University clinched the Littlejohn Tournament for Universities at St Andrew’s last Wednesday 12 March.  This was Ally’s second Littlejohn medal and he has been playing a big role for Edinburgh of late.

Micheal Macdonald has been appointed Captain of St Andrew’s University.  This is a rare honour for somebody who is only just finishing their first year but again is a mark of Micheal’s commitment to the sport and his role on the park. WE wish hem every success at Cill Rimhinn.

And finally here is the photo of the lads doing their warm down on Saturday – the lads are raring to go for Strathspey this Saturday. 1.30pm Throwup at Grantown Grammar School.

Away V Lochbroom, March 15

March 11th, 2014 No comments

As the Minch seems to take upon itself the features of the surface of Jupiter within 24 hours of Camanachd Leodhais game these days, we can only hope and pray that we finally get the first real shinty action of 2014 with a game against Lochbroom at Inverlael this Saturday 15th March. throw-up TBC ( says 2.30pm but it will probably be earlier)

Last Saturday’s cancelled match with Strathspey is probably going to be scheduled for next Saturday 22nd March. Please come along to both the game in Ullapool and in Grantown if you can, to support the Dubh is Gorm in this season!


Tobar an Dualchais Gaelic archive shares wealth of recordings about shinty history in Lewis and Harris

March 6th, 2014 No comments

Tha eachraidh fhada aig iomain  anns na h-Eileanan an Iar, gu h-àraidh ann an Leòdhas agus mar sin, tha am pàilteas de stuthan inntinneach air an làrach –lìn “Tobar an Dualchais”. Tha an clàradh seo a’ bruidhinn air a’ gheam eadar an Tunga agus Mealboist/Steinis aig a’ Bhliadhna Ùir. Tha e a’ tighinn o 1958. A-rèir coltais, bhiodh iad a’ faighinn camain o ghàradh a’ Chaisteil agus bhiodh iad a’ leaghadh an rubair o shean bhrògan airson buill. Tha an Iomain Challainn air tighinn beò a-rithist, chì thu cluiche 2014 an-seo. Tha an clàradh seo o 1965 a’ bruidhinn air iomain ann an sgìre Ùig agus mu dheidhinn geamannan a chaidh a chumail eadar an Cnip agus Riof aig a’ Bhliadhna Ùir. Ann an 2007 agus 2008 chluich an comann dà ghèam aig Là fèill Ùige agus tha am bhideo ri fhaicinn an-seo.;jsessionid=913CCF0FBBB452F28F618535337C1C19 Tha an clàradh seo o 1977 a’ bruidhinn air iomain anns an sgoil ann an Sgìre nan Loch. Bhiodh còrr is ceud sgoilearan an-sàs ann an geam le camain air an geàrradh o choille a chaidh a chuir leis an Ridire Seumas MacMhathain. Tha tuilleadh anns a’ chlàradh seo Tha an clàradh seo o Bhearnaraigh na hEaradh is e a’ bruidhinn air mar am biodh iad a’ cleachdadh  le “stamhan” no meuran mòr feamad mar chamain.


Tha an dà chlàradh seo nas ùire ach tha iad fhathast a’ bruidhinn air eachdraidh a’ gheama is iad a’ nochdadh Dr Alasdair Barden nach maireann agus Niall Fearghasdan air Prògram Choinnich agus


Tha sinn an dòchas gum bi na clàraidhean seo nan annas inntinneach gu feadhainn le ùidh ann an cànan, cultar agus spòrs nan Gàidheal. Tha e doirbh a chreidsinn dè cho luath ’s a dh’fhalbh an iomain ann an uine ghoirid agus nì Comann  Camanachd Leòdhais a dhicheall nach fhalbh i a-rithist.


A list of Gaelic recordings from Tobar An Dualchais regarding the long and rich history of shinty in Lewis and Harris. The recordings herein concern the sport being played across the islands, from Uig, to Lochs, to Tung and Melbost and Berneray. There are also two recordings from Prògram Choinnich in the late 90s surrounding the revitalisation of the sport under Boyd MacKenzie, Niall Ferguson and the late Dr Barden.  If you wish to learn more about the work of Tobar an Dualchais visit their website 

The Captain Speaks…

March 5th, 2014 No comments

A brilliant wee profile of Duncan in the Gazette this week, profiling his early days with the club, why he wears those short shorts, and also his thoughts on the new season. Can all be read here 

Season Opener Away To Strathspey 8/3, 1pm

March 3rd, 2014 No comments

Srath Spé v Camanachd Leòdhais

Treas Roinn a Tuath, Sgoil  Ghramar Bhaile nan Granndach, 1f

Disathairne, 8 Am Màrt

The season opens for the club this Saturday with a trip to Strathspey and their new park at Grantown Grammar School. This fixture is always entertaining for the crowd and both sides have added a lot to North Division Three in the last couple of years. If you are a Leodhasach in the area fell free to head along and cheer on the Dubh is Gorm. Throw-up is now at the earlier time of 1pm.

Always a good excuse to check out the classic 6-6 clash from 2012.

There was also a season preview of North Division Three included in last week’s Gazette, view here.