Archive for April, 2014

Strathspey Game Cancelled

April 30th, 2014 No comments

Droch sgeul a chairdean, Lewis get the points but always disappointing to not have a game to play, especially first home game of the season.

Players should stay tuned for updates about alternative plans for training this Saturday.

Homecoming Fixture V Strathspey this Saturday & Good Luck Niall Iain!

April 28th, 2014 No comments

To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen/Martha & The Vandellas,/The Stones, Summer’s here, and the time is right for going shintying in the ‘Bost.

That’s right, our Homecoming fixture this year is against Strathspey this Saturday and the game will throw up at 2.30pm on the West Side Sward at Shawbost School.

Get along and support, the weather forecast looks very promising and a good crowd would be brilliant to try and help the boys get a home victory at the first time of asking this season. Let’s paint Lewis and Harris dubh is gorm!


Training this week will be circuits at the Primary School 7pm Tuesday and a recce to Shawbost on Thursday, heading from town at 6.30pm and leaving from Shawbost around 8pm. Youth training will still be happening on Saturday morning at 10am.

NY2SY – Best of luck to Niall Iain

One of our former players, Niall Iain Macdonald, is the only person with an excuse for missing the game this Saturday as he will at long last be making his journey to New York City to begin the epic NY2SY Solo Row in aid of SAMH and raising awareness of mental health issues.

Niall Iain's (far right) epic ferry trip after the Lochbroom game is one for the ages!

With quite a lot of reminiscing being done recently about the club’s early years, we can fondly remember that in 2007 that Niall Iain took part in our very first game with Lochbroom, in particular his renditions of the Aberdeen FC songbook on the Calmac ferry home.

However, more seriously, when he fatefully went missing that May and matters were brought to a head, the club was playing Fort William in the Strathdearn Cup in Inverlael and it was a very concerning time for all players that our friend and team mate was still unaccounted for. Thank fully, Niall Iain returned safe and sound.

Niall Iain has worked tirelessly since then to raise awareness of mental health issues, first with the Row Across The Minch and then the road to NY2SY which has had a couple of false starts but is all set to roll (row?) once he touches down in the Big Apple. It really is a quite an incredible feat that he is attempting to achieve and we wish him all the very best.

Niall Iain should be back in Stornoway by mid-August, all being well, so we expect to see you at training then a bhalaich! Gur math theid leat!

You can find out more about the NY2SY Challenge and donate here

Kilmallie and Diablo the Baton Carrier

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

A tough old shift down at Caol as always. Kilmallie dealt out a shinty lesson, Brian Mackay and Lewis Birrell showed clinical finishing. Positives, not that many, but Will grabbed our first ever goal down at Canal Parks and, well, the weather was stunning yet again. (the people of Corpach are rumoured to believe that a Leodhasach is a harbinger of good weather.) Good hospitality in the Tradewinds as always and we look forward to Kilmallie visiting Shawbost soon.

Anyway, we received some very positive news when we heard that Iain “Diablo” Sinclair, our shinty supremo, has been chosen for the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton in the Baton Relay in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games 2014.  The Baton will be in Stornoway on Tuesday 8th July. The club of course has form for crashing these athletics related events as evidenced by the Olympic Feel Good factor of 2012 becoming all Dubh is Gorm above!

The motto of the Baton Relay is “Make A Local Champion Feel Like A Commonwealth Champion” and we have to say Iain has been a real champion in helping develop shinty in Lewis and Harris these last few years. He deserves all the recognition that he receives for this great honour and we wish him well. Tha thu airidh air airson gach oidhirp a tha thu air a dheanamh as leth camanachd ann an Eilean an Fhraoich.

We can only wonder what might happen if he wins us some silverware! MBE? Knighthood? Or perhaps Donald, Ally and the wider Lamont clan’s campaign to keep Scotland in the UK is down to a desire to see Diablo become Baron Sinclair of Milkinghill agus Siabost and take his place in the House of Lords? Who knows?*

More info about where and when you can see Diablo in his Dubh is Gorm tracksuit in July to come.


Town, then Up

April 14th, 2014 No comments

Nothing like leaving it to the last minute. Well done to all the boys on Saturday who ground out a 4-3 victory over Inverness at the Bught. It was a tough game against motivated opponents and we made life very difficult for ourselves at times with silly goals, but there was great play on display and a first win of the season will be a great fillip for a tough game versus Kilmallie this Saturday. Duncan got his third career hat-trick and Paddy scored a screamer to draw us level. Paddy’s first goal for the club (apart from a goal against the touring SCOTS in 2009) and great to see that his time at Glasgow University has developed his playing skills to a top level. Our young players all put in a great shift, Ally Lamont, Al Reed and Euan Gilmour, who pulled off a top level save at 3-2 to keep us in the match. Michael MacLeod will also have a big role to play this season and hopefully even more youngsters can break into the team over the coming season.

Excellent food at Dow’s Diner Inverness, and even more so when they were perplexed that we had left money for food.

Those with Facebook can view some photos here.


“Race For The Drams”

We probably also now have enough enough goals to justify a goal-scorers chart. Here are the current standings in the “Race for the Drams” as our intrepid heroes try to reach the magical 20 mark.

Duncan – 3

Will – 2

Paddy, Duffy, Donald – 1

Duncan took advantage of Will’s inactivity to race to the top of the leaderboard. Donald and Paddy will also be looking at keeping pace after they opened their accounts recently.


Lovat & Shinty Camp

April 11th, 2014 No comments

A belated thank you on the website to Lovat Shinty Club for their immense hospitality last weekend. (we have already thanked them on twitter and Facebook, but felt it appropriate to go the whole hog on here as well!).

The presentation of a quaich to mark the first meeting of the clubs was a great testament to both the spirit of the Kiltarlity club and the progress our own club has made. It will take pride of place whenever we get round to winning something to put in a trophy cabinet! Lovat are a great example of a community working together to reach the very pinnacle of the sport and we look forward to further meetings in future

The match itself went according to the form book, with Lovat showing great clinical finishing to ensure the match finished 7-1. Donald grabbed his first of the season at 3-1, but it was not to be.  Lovat go on to face Skye in the next round, our Sgitheanach friends are excellent fellows as well so we will just wish both teams all the best!

This week was very successful on the youth front with Campa na Caisge taking place at Smith Avenue on Thursday and Friday, with dozen keen youngsters in attendance, gaining training and working on skills and games. The camp was again run in conjunction with CNES Motiv8 and we thank the Comhairle for their support.

Tomorrow we face Inverness at the Bught Park, Outside Pitch 1pm. Please come along and support. Match updates will be available on tiwtter @lewiscamanachd #dubhisgorm