Archive for July, 2014

Church Silver

July 29th, 2014 No comments

It may be a small milestone in shinty terms, but for this club and the man a big one – Will Church’s clincher on Saturday in the fine 3-0 win over Caberfeidh marked the big man’s 25th goal for the club in only his third season playing shinty.

A former hockey and cricket player, with a positive attitude to fitness and training, Will’s unorthodox but effective style has made him into a consistent outlet for goals for the Dubh is Gorm. His goals have been scored against the following clubs:

Uist – 5
Strathspey – 4
Lochbroom – 4
Inverness – 4
Caberfeidh – 3
Kilmallie – 2
Strathglass – 2
Skye – 1

His brace against Uist in the 2011 Mòd Cup were his first goals for the club, securing National Silverware in his first appearance, but he has popped in goals against a host of teams. He started slowly in his first full season with only 3 goals, although he suffered with injury. He top scored in 2013 with 14 goals and in 2014 he leads the charts again with 6 at present. It will be a big ask for him to outstrip last year’s total but he will still be gunning for the magic Ten mark in the “Race for the Drams”.

All time goalscoring charts

Whilst it is not the end of the season, Will’s milestone is a good time to take stock of the all time standings at the club. Every player who has scored three or more goals is included on this list. It includes goals scored in friendlies but not those in sixes:

Will Church – 25
Duncan Macintyre – 19
Donald Lamont – 14
Scott Murray – 13
Stuart “Tyson” Campbell – 11
Calum “Stompy” Stamper – 10
Paul Duke – 7
Kenny Mould – 5
Ally MacKenzie, Ally Lamont, Paddy Sinclair – 3

Race for the Drams 2014

As you can see, Dukey is making some strong running, more than doubling his Lewis Camanachd career total this season. Good to see young Ally and Paddy starting to grab some goals. As stated above TEN goals are needed to qualify for the eponymous prize.

Will – 6
Duncan – 5
Dukey – 4
Donald – 3
Paddy – 2
Ally Lamont – 2
Duffy – 1

Big game this Saturday, away to Strathspey. “Strath Cam” have had the better of us this season, so let’s hope the lads can carry on the good form of late and gain a first victory in Grantown on Spey.

Toss Thine Antlers Caberfeidh

July 29th, 2014 No comments

We welcome the newly crowned Marine Harvest North Division Three Champions Caberfeidh to Shawbost tomorrow for the second time this season, as we enter the post split fixtures. We will face Cabers again at Castle Leod before the season is out.

Cabers have been fine opponents and great friends to Lewis Camanachd ever since our accession to the league. Perhaps, this is due to their strong role in the Ross-shire Camanachd Association and respecting the old allegiance of Lewis to Ross-shire and the links with the Seaforth MacKenzies, or just that they are a great shinty club, who have a fantastic community spirit and love for the sport, which they also see in ourselves.

Fixtures between the clubs have for the most part been tightish affairs, but yielding only one point for the Dubh is Gorm. Hopefully, we can grab a couple before Caberfeidh disappear over the horizon. We hope to see them again soon, but with ourselves joining them in a higher league one day. Congratulations to the Cabers, Toss Thine Antlers.

Throwup is at 2.30pm at Shawbost.

A list of Lewis Camanachd v Caberfeidh fixtures since 2011
(Lewis goalscorers in brackets)

Cabers 4 – Lewis 0
Lewis 1 – Cabers 6 (Andrew M. Macdonald)

Cabers 3 – Lewis 2 (Will Church, Stompy)
Lewis 1 – Cabers 5 (Donald Lamont)

Lewis 3 – Cabers 4 (Michael Macleod, Will Church, Duncan Macintyre)
Cabers 2 – Lewis 2 (Duncan Macintyre, Ally Lamont)

2014 so far
Cabers 2 – Lewis 1 (Kenny Murray)
Lewis 1 – Cabers 5 (Duncan MacIntyre)

July Round-Up!

July 21st, 2014 No comments

Apologies for the lack of updates on the Website recently – so much has been happening with Camanachd Leodhais it has been a whirlwind – we will bring the best bits from the social media parts of our empire to you here in recompense!

We’ll start with the big news – the club securing Top Three shinty with a draw against Lochbroom. almost a famous victory, but a late goal from Homer MacFadyen meant the honours were shared. However, a top three finish for the club is a massive achievement in only our fourth season as a league club.  Now we face Cabers and Strathspey in the top Three. Cabers won the title on Saturday so we face the champions this Saturday 26th July at Shawbost.

Then we had the Commonwealth Shinty Camp – Campa Camanachd a’ Cho-fhlaitheis at Smith Avenue – thanks to The Co-operative and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for their support. Well attended by youngsters from the island and youngsters from the mainland with strong Lewis connections. The club is desperate for parents to get involved with the club and help us organise training. Everyone had a great time with the Commonwealth theme and they were taken through their paces by Eoghan and Ally.

Then we get onto the big one, the Hebridean Celtic Festival Inter-Island Shinty Challenge Cup supported by the Co-operative *phew! Caroline and the whole team at HebCelt are due a massive thank you for their continued support of the competition, it has been an immense platform for the sport over the years. Thanks also to our newest partners, The Co-operative. Stephen Kelly was on hand with his stall and the flags and banners helped add an air of occasion to this now traditional part of the Festival.

A great match for the spectators. Uist needed to grab a few players at the last minute, but Bruno Berardelli, Callum Gibb and Stuart Carmichael were all experienced players who helped out the Uibhsitich who also boasted plenty of experience of their own. Graham Black was a deserved Uist man of the match, but Big Lee, the Ferguson brothers and Joseph MacInnes were all excellent. We were made to work hard for the 4-nil win, with the goals spread amongst Ally Lamont, Duncan, Paddy and Will. Gaga was our man of the match but everyone played well in a professional and considered performance. Let’s hope for more Lewis V Uist events in the coming year to drive shinty forward from the Butt to Barra. The HebCelt had Colin Cameron along to take photos, some brilliant shots, on top of the always excellent ones from our own Coinneach.


Race to the Drams – Goalscoring Chart

The Race to the Drams is definitely on the go, Duncan and Will both finding the net against Uist, and Dukey making a late run. Will anybody reach the magic number ten though?

Duncan, Will – 5

Donald, Dukey – 3

Paddy – 2

Ally Lamont, Duffy – 1

Bata na Banrighinn or Mr D. I. Ablo goes to Ness

July 9th, 2014 No comments

A great day in Lewis and Harris sporting history, as the great and the good of our island communities got their literal day in the Sun for the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay.

We are glad to say that our manager Iain Sinclair was amongst their number. Iain has given a great amount to the club, as he said himself after his run, he felt he was representing the whole sport. “I was proud to carry the baton today for shinty up in Ness”.

However, Iain would not have been carrying that baton if it had not been for the initial work of the late Dr Alasdair Barden and his wife Donna in re-establishing our support in these islands. Donna carried the baton as well on Tuesday and as we said on Facebook yesterday, it is an appropriate time to give thanks for their work. We would not be here without them. Well done everyone who took part in the relay, in support of the runners and were involved in fringe events.

Remember, final pre-split game v Lochbroom, this Saturday at 2.30pm in Shawbost.

Beach Shinty at Feis na Hearadh

July 2nd, 2014 No comments

What more can you say but direach alainn! What an amazing couple of Islands the club represents! Paddy and Diablo down in Harris, living it up on the beach with the Feis Eilean na Hearadh kids. Who needs Copacabana?

Busy July in Prospect

July 1st, 2014 No comments

Even with a free weekend this week, July continues to be the busiest month of the year for Lewis Camanachd.

Iain and Paddy are down in Harris this week coaching at Feis Eilean na Hearadh. They have 15 kids involved in classes and hopeful many of these kids will get involved in shinty in the years to come.

We host Lochbroom on the 12th of July at Shawbost. This is shaping up into a very important game which will decide which half of the league both sides play in.

Then we have the Commonwealth Shinty Camp from 14th-18th July. The camp is always an exciting time and important for our youth development. This is being run in association with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Motiv8 programme and The Co-operative.

Then on Saturday 19th July is the hotly anticipated Hebridean Celtic Festival Inter-Island Cup against our neighbours Uist. One of the biggest crowds in shinty will be in attendance. We are grateful to the Hebridean Celtic Festival for their long term support and to The Co-operative for coming on board this year as supporters.

A tough shift on Saturday, but Lovat a very strong side and not a good time to have one of our poorer performances of the season. All players should get to training, as well as doing their own thing, and if off island should be doing their own training.