Archive for June, 2014

Lovat – Strathdearn Plate – 28/6 – 12.30pm

June 27th, 2014 No comments

You wait years for a game against Lovat and two come along in the one season!  It is perhaps not worth doing a “Down Memory Lane” type article seeing as it only happened back on April 5th but we can say that despite a 7-1 defeat, we greatly enjoyed our last visit to Balgate and greatly appreciated the hospitality that the Kiltarlity club gave us, including the presentation of a Quaich to mark the first meeting between the clubs. Here is Duncan accepting this kind gift from John MacRitchie. (Photo by Tina Marshall) We hope Lovat will make the trip to Lewis one day soon. Congratulations to the club on their MacTavish Cup success last week and their club stalwart Mary Ann Henton on receiving the BEM in the Honours list.



This is our first game in a Plate, as opposed to a Cup, so we can assume our historic Cup form doesn’t apply to this competition! Either way, let’s enjoy a great days shinty tomorrow against one of the biggest names in shinty.


Game throws-up at 12.30pm at Balgate in Kiltarlity – Directions here.


Will’s VI wins the Craig Morrison Sixes 2014

June 21st, 2014 No comments

“Well done to everyone who took part in Craig’s Sixes today.Enjoyed by all.Well done to Will’s team who won the Shield and to Dunc’s and Conor’s teams for making it such a competitive and exciting day. Michael was player of the tourney & Dunc top scorer with 5. A great way to remember our friend Craig.” – Diablo

Here’s the downlow on how the scores went down.  Hopefully some more photos to come.

Duncan’s  0    Will’s         2

Ronan 2

Conor’s     0    Duncan’s   1


Will’s         2     Conor’s       1

Paddy OG       Will OG


Duncan’s     3     Will’s          0

Duncan 3

Conor’s          3     Duncan’s      1

Donald,Paul,      Duncan


Will’s              2      Conor’s        0


                                  P      W      D      L     F    A     Pts.

Will                          4        3       0      1    6     4      6

Duncan                   4        2       0      2     5     5     4

Conor                     4         1       0      3     4     6    2


Scorers:  Duncan 5, Ronan 2, Kenny, Donald, Paul, Paddy, Peter, Michael.

OGs Paddy,Will


Will’s Squad:  Will, Gaga, Michael, Alicia, Anna,Ronan,Peter.

Duncan’s: Gilmour, Al, Duncan, Connor, John,Dudley,Kenny.

Conor’s: Conor,Paul, Paddy, Toby,Andy, Donald, Graham, Scott.

EPIC! All hail the Gobfather!

June 20th, 2014 No comments

Congratulations to Joanne and Sean MacLeod on the birth of their daughter at 2.30am this morning, 6lbs and already signed up for the 100 club. Okay that last part isn’t true but everyone at the club is delighted for them. It’s almost a year to the day since the club was a shinty guard of honour at their wedding and we wish all three of them many years of happiness.

Sean has been one of the stalwarts of Lewis Camanachd since the very earliest days, and is Honorary Chieftain of the Club. A several times capped Alba international, Sean is a well known face and voice in the world of Shinty. The reaction on social media has been, in his own unique vernacular, totally ehpic.

This Saturday 21 June – Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes

June 18th, 2014 No comments

Minute Silence For Craig Morrison July 2009

The 2014 Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes will take place this Saturday 21 June at Stornoway Primary School, starting at 11am.

A dedicated and passionate shinty player, Craig Morrison passed away at the age of 20 in 2009. After a period of mourning, it was felt that it would be appropriate for his teammates to put forward a Memorial Shield and so, around the first anniversary of Craig’s passing, the first Craig Morrison Sixes were held in 2010.

This first event attracted a very strong field, Skye Camanachd, Lochcarron and Stromeferry No Ferry United, which combined Kinlochshiel, Lochbroom and Uist, ensuring that all the West Coast Clubs were united in playing for Craig. Skye A won a great day’s shinty.

The demands of the first league season in 2011 saw a fully local tournament with Lewis B lifting the trophy.

2012 was unfortunately left fallow but this renewed the determination to bring the tournament back with a bang in 2013. The 2013 tournament attracted Kincraig and Uist and it was eventually won by Lewis A.

This year’s tournament will again have local flavour, with teams from Point and Harris competing, reminiscent of the 2007 Lewis Sixes which was won by Lochs.

The club as a whole still feels the loss of Craig keenly.  Our thoughts go out to his mother, father and siblings and we hope that the tournament will continue to serve in his memory for as long as shinty is played in the Western Isles.

If you wish to enter a team contact Conor MacDonald on 07906247411.

Here is a gallery of shots from 2010.


Commonwealth Games Shinty Camp 14-18 July

June 17th, 2014 No comments


Camanachd Leòdhais is delighted to announce the dates for this Summer’s Commonwealth Games Shinty Coaching Camp in association with CNES Active Schools Motiv8 and the Co-operative, to be held in Stornoway. Open to 8-14 year olds, the camp will build on the success of the last two camps held, developing players for the future of shinty in the Western Isles.

Commonwealth Games Shinty Coaching Camp 14th-18th July

This 5 day programme will introduce young people to the sport of Shinty. The 5 sessions will develop skills, offer small sided games and practices in a safe environment.

The coaching will be led by Camanachd Leòdhais’ players/coaches. Participants must take suitable warm clothes for Shinty, suitable footwear, shin guards, a packed lunch and a drink.
Shinty sports equipment will be provided. A healthy snack will also be provided by the Co-operative.

There are only 20 places available for this highly popular event, which occurs during the week of the Hebridean Celtic Festival, which has been a long term partner and supporter of shinty in the Western Isles. Therefore there will be great demand. Booking opens from Saturday 21st June at 11am. Phone 01851 822800 to reserve your child a space.

More great Motiv8 sessions can be found in the following document

Date and Venue








14th – 18th July

All Weather pitch


Mon – Fri



8 – 14yrs

11am  – 2pm



Commonwealth Games & Hebridean Celtic Festival 2014

This will be one of several shinty events in connection with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Hebridean Celtic Festival in July.

Lewis club manager Iain Sinclair will be participating in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay on Tuesday 8th July, running to Rubha Robhanais and the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse at 5.55pm. Iain said “It will be a proud moment for me, my family, the club and shinty in Lewis and Harris.”

On Saturday 19th July, Camanachd Leòdhais will face off against Uist Camanachd in the hotly anticipated annual Hebridean Celtic Festival Inter-Island Cup supported by The Co-operative at Bayhead, Stornoway at 2pm. There will be a Co-Operative Stall in operation for this annual highlight of the Hebridean Celtic Festival.


Lewis 3 v Kilmallie 2

June 15th, 2014 No comments

What can you say about yesterday? We’ll let Donald’s tweet tell the story!

Thank you to Kilmallie for making the trip from Lochaber, a side who played the match in the correct spirit and were magnanimous in defeat. We wish them well for the rest of the season.

Race to the Drams – Goalscoring Chart

So the Race to the Drams is definitely heating up, Duncan let the rest of the forwards catch him up there, Mr Church back on level pegging and Lamont lurking with intent.

Duncan, Will – 4

Donald – 3

Dukey – 2

Paddy, Duffy – 1

Far North 2014 – A grand day out

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Beautiful day up in Scourie on Saturday – great run out for the gillean. Young B team in particular did themselves proud, great to see big Ruairidh MacMillan get his first for the club, and Alex Gordon a great find for wing back it would seem. The big boys in the A team were a little sluggish in the sun but came good eventually, with a goalie and a wingback scoring means the forwards better watch their backs!

Lewis A: Conor, Eòghan, Andy, Paddy, Al, Gomez
Lewis B; Gilmour, Michael, Alex G, Ruairidh, Ronan, Scott.

Really a top quality day, great to see Broom, Uist and KLB all on great form. Paula, Duncan and Heather, as well as everyone else at KLB deserve all the praise that comes their way. If you want a break down of our scores, they are all here

Kilmallie this Saturday, let’s get it done!

Far North Sixes 2010 – A Look Back

June 4th, 2014 No comments

Scott Murray Conor Macdonald Shinty Lewis

The Assynt landscape is one the Leòdhasach knows well, seeing it rising on the horizon as we sail towards the mainland. Often a dark purple, the Far North West, Dùthaich MhicAoidh, is a different beast from its Torridon neighbour. Giant mountains tower out of low lying moors, unlike the large massifs of the mountains to the South. It was into this awe inspiring landscape that two brave Lewis Camanachd teams ventured forth into in 2010 for the Far North Sixes.

Dark times reigned in the Heather Isle, the club was reeling from a 18-nil humiliation by Skye in the Strathdearn and there was little prospect at that time of the club entering the leagues. There was little linkage between the Nicolson Institute and the Senior Club and the future of the club was not promising. Even Stompy missed the ferry on the morning, meaning both the big man and the bag of strips didn’t make Ullapool!

However, the Far North Sixes therefore presented some novelty, a chance to test themselves against the embryonic teams from the Far North and to integrate the two disparate sides. Shinty was taking off in a big way in Kinlochbervie (KLB) and at Farr High School in Bettyhill and both teams had a strong rivalry. Despite the fact that Lewis had more cup experience, there was no feeling of confidence going into this tournament as they drove through the mists which coated Suilven.

Lewis had developed a relationship with the KLB club as they had featured in the youth level Mid Minch Medal which sadly . Heather MacNeil, Duncan Clark and Paula MacLeod have done a great job which started from a school project, that continues to this day, taking the North West youths across Scotland for tournaments and has started to produce senior players.

With the shinty shop in attendance and the mist beginning to lift, there was a great crowd in attendance and a sense of occassion. The Lewis players watched some of the first battles, taking stock, and whilst there was some good play in evidence, the players started to believe that they could be in with a shout.

Lewis were guaranteed one win as they faced off first. The B team hosted Scott, Gaga and Conor in goals, and a young Paddy with a few minutes of senior action at Buckshee back. The A Team featured Eoghan sitting in at fullback and present first teamers, Euan Gilmour in the sticks and Michael MacLeod and Al Reed playing in midfield.

After the B team disposed of the A team, Lewis really turned on the style, Scott absolutely dominant in midfield and Gaga was indomitable at the back. However, it was the young Niseach James “Titch” Morrison who was the big difference, popping in the goals which drove Lewis A to victories over Farr B and KLB. All that was needed was to avoid a 3-nil defeat to Farr Camanachd A but the boys were relatively untroubled against a team which featured once and future Mòd Cup winner Andrew Henderson for his hometown team. The 0-0 draw secured Lewis’ first ever silverware outside of the Hebcelt Cup.

The A team battled very well and both games against Farr A and KLB were only lost with last minute long range efforts. They secured a draw against Farr B and it was great experience for all the youngsters involved.

Scott was a deserving player of the tournament, and having seen how he has developed since Lewis joined the league, the seeds of his potential started to burst through that day. Conor Macdonald lifted the trophy and it was a quick journey back to Ullapool, although Scott, Conor and Eoghan were proud as punch taking the trophy into the late lamented Broom Bar, to show off to our old friends, Ruby giving us a complimentary pint for Conor (Scott being teetotal and Eoghan driving).

An important day in club history, what followed was a positive month. The first Craig Morrison Sixes were successful and the HebCelt cup was secured. All that was left was to make the bold step of league entry. It would be great to see James “Titch” Morrison back involved, the young man certainly had an eye for goal, and James “Jambo” Morrison and Connor Chalmers are two others involved who would be good to see back in the Dubh is Gorm.

This will be Lewis’ first journey back to the Sixes since that day, although a youth team was sent last year and Scott MacLeod and Ronan Sinclair were on good goal scoring form. The tournament has gone from strength to strength since 2010 and should also feature Lochbroom, Caithness and Glengarry as well as KLB this Saturday. The event will also mark the opening of the new Scourie pavilion and changing rooms and Camanachd Leòdhais looks forward to being part of the day.

Keep up to date on the Club Twitter account @lewiscamanachd

Camanachd Leòdhais’ own sixes the Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes are on 21st June in Stornoway.

Strathspey too strong in cup

June 1st, 2014 No comments