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Duncan MacIntyre – A Fond Farewell

October 31st, 2014 No comments

Last night’s AGM was marked by the retiral of club legend Duncan MacIntyre. Duncan will be stepping back from both playing and coaching duties but we hope that he will continue to be involved in shinty in Lewis & Harris in the years to come to some extent.

Duncan’s voyage in shinty started off with Glengarry, and his time with the Lochaber club bred in him a toughness, growing up and playing representative shinty and playing alongside several famous names. Marriage brought Duncan to Lewis eventually and he has played an important part in the development of the sport in the islands. However, he was also absent for a few years, and this story blends with the great narrative that is Lewis Camanachd.

Duncan played a key role in the club’s very first season in 2007 on the park, and was looking forward to assisting the young side in their cup fixtures in 2008, when disaster struck. MacIntyre’s newly built house in Lochs burnt to the ground. The only worldly possession he salvaged from the fire was a pair of the famous Lewis black shorts. Until the end of his career he wore the same pair in every match.

The time constraints of rebuilding his home as well as a new job and busy family life, meant that Duncan found it hard to commit to shinty. (A HebCelt Cup win in 2008 his only game before 2012), and concerns about his knees kept him off the park. A changed diagnosis and the fact that Lewis were gaining a lot more games with league status meant that he couldn’t resist the drug of shinty much longer. Soon he was back on the phone to then-manager Paul Duke and grabbing his caman out the pickup once more.

Having played his whole career as a defender, when he made his comeback in 2012, it was as a forward. He made a goal-scoring return to the sport against Beauly, and although no more goals came, towards the end of his comeback season, there were signs that he was starting to find his groove.

In 2013, in tandem with Will Church, the two struck up a productive partnership, the tough and wily veteran meshing with the athletic late-convert to the sport of the Gael. He finished the season with two hat-tricks to his name (and a fourth goal for good measure against Uist), and an overall total of 13, one behind Will.

In 2014, Duncan was named Captain (with assistant manager duties), for what would prove to be his swansong season. Although he did not achieve the same goalscoring feats as 2013, he still bagged five over the season with an incredible hat-trick against Inverness at the Bught Park and the opener against Uist in the HebCelt Cup the highlights. He was a vital fulcrum at full-forward for most of the season, as well as leader on and off the park. It wasn’t until one of his final games at Shawbost this year, when it came to light that Duncan was now into his 50s, an inspiration to play alongside and to know.

Everyone at the club wishes Duncan all the best for the future – guma slàn leibh a Dhonnchaidh, a h-uile latha a chì is nach fhaic.

Below is a link to an article from the Gazette at the beginning of this season:
http://www.stornowaygazette.co.uk/sport/local-sport/camanachd-leodhais-skipper-raring-to-go-1-3329446

Photo – Colin Cameron Photography

Marine Harvest Awards 2014

October 20th, 2014 No comments

A great night for the club at the Kingsmill Hotel last Friday, with Iain Sinclair receiving North Division Three Coach of the Year and the club receiving the Fairplay Award for the third time in four years, a mark of the club’s great attitude and respect for referees and other players. Differing facial expressions from BGT and Diablo here, but Eoghan is probably laughing at the fact that he got the one booking this year, as pointed out by President (and Pod’s Uncle) Archie Robertson.

Andy Hay of Strathspey was a well deserved North Division Three Player of the Year, and it was also good to see Andy MacLean take the Emerging Referee Award. Photos are by our old pal, Neil G Paterson.

A day unlike any other…

October 8th, 2014 No comments

So it’s awards gu leor at the Dubh is Gorm office here in the back of the grandstand at Sgoil Shiaboist. The girls in the office have had to put aside their negotiations over Gaga’s image rights in the lucrative Malaysian market to field numerous press inquiries. Bambi Mourinho’s new contract discussions were put on hold and the Private Jet sent to make sure that Paddy Diablo was reunited with his stick, was diverted to pick up caviar and champers for tonights reception in the BGT Lounge at the top of the “Stompydome”.

After Dukey’s naming as Sports Person of the Year, we then received news that the club got the Marine Harvest Nice Guys Award for the third time in four years (i.e. the Fairplay Award), but not only that, that Diablo was named North Division Three Coach of the Year. So it’s medals and pats on the back for everyone. Great recognition for the work put into the club by Paul and Iain over the last few years.

Mas urrainn dhut seo a thugisinn, bruth an seo airson tuilleadh a leughadh.
And if you want to look at the club honours, click here

Paul Duke – Lewis and Harris Sportsworld Sports Person of the Year

October 7th, 2014 No comments

Congratulations to Paul Duke on winning this prestigious award.

Actually. here’s Paul’s real trophy, well done Paul