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Fèis Camanachd na Fichead Bliadhna to coincide with 20th HebCelt Festival.

June 30th, 2015 No comments

It’s a double celebration this year with both shinty in Lewis and Harris and the Hebridean Celtic Festival marking special 20th Anniversaries.

This marks the 20th HebCelt, which has grown in size and stature since its establishment, and the Festival’s links with shinty run back to 2007 when they first provided a trophy for the Hebridean Celtic Festival Cup, then played at the old Acres Pitch. However, whilst this year will see the ninth running of the cup, the sport of the Gael, for many years moribund in the Hebrides, marks a 20th Birthday of its own.

To coincide with the Hebridean Celtic Festival, a full week of events are planned for Fèis Camanachd na Fichead Bliadhna, tying in with the fact that 2015 marks twenty years since the revival of shinty by the late Dr Alasdair Barden at New Year on the Tong pitch. Two decades later, and now the Hebrides plays host to a vibrant local shinty scene, with Camanachd Leòdhais competing weekly in the North leagues and youngsters from the Butt to Barra all having at least some opportunity to play the sport from a young age, with Uist Camanachd running a succssful youth programme.

The week will tie in well with the Thursday night debut at the Festival of Curaidhean na Camanachd. “The Shinty Heroes” concert has been an acclaimed success since it premiered in Fort William in 2013. It explores the contribution and losses of shinty playing communities in the Great War – and every performance has had a local flavour, so shinty historian Hugh Dan MacLennan and musical director Gary Innes will be sure to touch upon the effects that the conflict had on practically wiping out the sport of the Gael by the 1920s.

The night before on Wednesday night, there will be the first shinty action of the week – The Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes. This event will be open to all-comers and is an annual celebration of the life of Craig Morrison, an enthusiastic and committed Lewis player who passed away tragically at the age of 20 in 2009. This event will start at 6.30pm and run until around 9pm, with teams from the island and guests from away also invited to be involved.

The youth will be catered for as well with the annual Camanachd Leòdhais Summer Camp at the Smith Avenue Astro from Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July – run in conjunction with the Comhairle’s Motiv8 programme. There is limited space on this camp and booking should be done by contacting Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais on 01851 822800.

The 20th Anniversary Week will culminate with the renowned HebCelt Cup between Lewis and Uist. With it being a prestigious week for their Northern rivals, the Uibhistich will be desperate to put a spanner in the works and stop the North Division Two side claiming the Cup for the third time in a row.  Always a great spectacle for the visitor, make sure you are there to see this great sporting event.

 

However the ladies will kick off the week with a game on Saturday 11th July with the visit of Skye Camanachd to the island and will also close the Fichead Bliadhna festival when they play a challenge match after the men’s match is finished on Saturday 18th July.

Thanks to Caroline MacLennan and all at the Hebridean Celtic Festival for their support of shinty at the Festival. Tickets can be bought here.

Timetable

Monday 13th July – Friday 17th July Motiv8 Shinty Camp 11am-2pm

Wednesday 15th July – Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes 6.30pm

Thursday 16th July – Curaidhean na Camanachd – Shinty Heroes, An Lanntair, 7.30pm

Saturday 18th July – 9th Hebridean Celtic Festival Challenge Cup – Lewis V Uist 2pm

 

Ladies Strips Arrive

June 25th, 2015 No comments

Our new ladies team just received their new set of strips and they look very spaideil! Thank you to Tighean Innse Gall for their kind sponsorship. We are very fortunate with the great sponsors we have as a club, including first team sponsors Woody’s Express, match ball sponsors WJ Macdonald Butchers and the Hebridean Celtic Festival who provide support for the HebCelt Cup.

Ronald Ross Visit 2015

June 22nd, 2015 No comments

 

 

Ronald Ross, shinty’s all time top scorer and National Development Officer for the Camanachd Association visited Stornoway last Wednesday and he delivered a mix of coaching and games to Primary School pupils from across the island at Stornoway Primary School.

There were 32 children in attendance, with 3 pupils travelling from Lochs and a couple from Tung. There were two sections of games, one for beginners and one for those with shinty experience.

 

Ronald awarded the player of the day to Harry Bray and Harry received a signed shinty ball for his efforts, one of many promising youngsters who make it look bright for the future of shinty in the islands.

 

In the evening, the shinty foundation coaching course was delivered in the primary school with five new coaches, Saskia, Anna, Alicia, Sean and Euan trained to deliver youth shinty across Lewis and Harris. Thanks also to Saskia for the above photos.

 

Ronald told the BBC, who featured the youngsters on BBC An Là “The Camanachd Association is looking to develop in the Western Isles. Lewis have had a team for the last five year, it’s all very good having a team at the moment but you’ve got to look to the next generation and this is the future. It’s great to see all the kids participating, they are very keen and eager. There are some really talented kids so the future looks bright for shinty in the Western Isles.”

 

Iain Sinclair said “We always like having Ronald over and we look forward to his next visit. It’s great to have somebody who has achieved so much in sport visit the islands. We now have some young coaches fully trained as well which will help with the spread of shinty in the Islands Ronald received the best of Hebridean hospitality departing with a salmon and a marag dhubh (is ghorm) and the club is looking forward to his next visit..”

 

We face Glengarry this Saturday at Shawbost for the first time. The Lochaber team defeated us 7-0 at Craigard Park earlier in the season, and they are challenging at the top of North Division Two. Lewis veteran Duncan MacIntyre is a former Garry player. . Throw-up will be at 2.30pm but please follow the club on Facebook and Twitter for any updates.

 

 

Cabers 0 – Leòdhas 1

June 15th, 2015 No comments

‘S math rinn a h-uile mac mathar a bha air a’ phairc aig Caisteil Leoid Disathairne – geam air leth aig a h-uile duine.

A fantastic result at Castle Leod against Caberfeidh on Saturday that can only be ascribed to a rediscovered commitment to hard training and dedication by all.

Will’s early goal, his first in the league this season, was the only score of the match. It was a match full of incident with both sides failing to convert penalties (Graham Cay making a terrific save from the Cabers effort) and the posts being struck as well.

Fantastic shots by Iain Cochrane @seanair_iain always grateful for shots of the team in action. Thanks to everyone for their messages of support from across the world too.  An important result for the club which raises us to 7th in the table.

Dealbhan o an-dè #LEÒDHAS#dubhisgorm

Posted by Camanachd Leòdhais on Sunday, 14 June 2015

Goalscorers Chart June 2015

June 7th, 2015 No comments

Scorers Chart (up to 6/6)

4 – Donald Lamont

2 – Duncan MacIntyre, Ally Lamont, Will Church

1 – Eoghan Stewart, Scott Murray, Paddy Sinclair

A decent weekend all in…

June 6th, 2015 No comments

So first out, after a difficult few fixtures, the guys turned in a decent performance against Inverness, which could easily have been a banana skin. Duncan rolled back the years with a double, Ally Lamont grabbed his second in two games and Paddy also got off the mark for the season in a match which helped mark Diablo’s birthday with a desperately needed 4-1 victory against the Town.

Fairplay to Town goalscorer Allan Macleod and the rest of the Inverness guys, it was a more epic journey than usual for various reasons.  A credit that the City side always fulfills its fixtures no matter what, and we look forward to the rematch later in the season.

Our ladies also took an historic step into a  new era with their first ever fixtures at the Far North Sixes – in doing so they managed to secure 4 scoreless draws, including teams such as Strathglass Ladies, Caithness Men and 2014 winners KLB 1sts.  They only lost to a strong Lochbroom who won the senior section overall and KLB 2nds.  However, they were accompanied by Al Reed and Scott MacLeod who played in goals, and one of them won the Player of the Tournament (although at time of going to press, we aren’t sure which one because they had to leave early to catch the boat. Thanks to Trish and John for going over with them as well.

Anyway, here’s the gals celebrating a great day out, Al and Scott didn’t get into the changing rooms for some reason…

 

 

There is a rearranged fixture next weekend – the first team are away to Caberfeidh at Castle Leod in Strathpeffer.

 

 

Shinty Round Up – Cabers, Inverness, Far North, Ladies etc.

June 2nd, 2015 No comments

Apologies to a great crowd for a poor second half performance against Cabers on Saturday. We managed to stay in touch against the league leaders thanks to an Ally Lamont goal until a missed penalty saw our friends from Strathpeffer step up a gear. Not the best way for Dukey to celebrate being the first Lewis player to play 100 games for the club, but still a very important milestone for our young team.

Caberfeidh have their own Ross-shire Camanachd Sixes for Youth this Saturday followed by a Cabers Veteran Match against a Rest of the World Select in aid of Alzheimer’s Scotland. A great cause anad more info can be found here. If you could be as generous at giving donations as we were at giving them goals then sure they will be happy. Best of luck to them.

Whilst we haven’t got a youth team in action this weekend, the ladies team make their competitive debut with a trip to the Far North Sixes at Scourie instead. The tournament is an important milestone in the club’s history, with the club winning it in 2010, part of the impetus generated helping us towards league entry, but in recent years we’ve focused on sending development and youth squads. Best of luck girls and best of luck to the organizers who always put on a great event.

Next up for the first team is Inverness at Shawbost this Saturday – games against the Town are always tight affairs and they will be looking to draw level with us on points at the bottom of the league. Throw-up is at 2.30pm (TBC). Please come along, it was great to see so many people out and about on Saturday last.

Ronald Ross will be visiting us on the 17th of June and this will entail a Primary Development Tournament and a Foundation Coaching Course for anybody, including parents and teachers who might wish to get involved.