Archive for July, 2015

Race for the Drams is On! – Scoring Charts 2015 So Far

July 25th, 2015 No comments

With games coming thick and fast of late, Will has started to make the pace and might even threaten the magical 10 figure in the BGT Race for the Drams.  Stay tuned. (updated after Strathspey on 25/7)

7 – Will

4 – Duncan, Donald

3 – Connor

2 – Ally Lamont, Gomez

1 – Eòghan, Scott Murray, Paddy

Women’s Shinty Update

July 23rd, 2015 No comments

It has been a busy few weeks for the new ladies team. they were unfortunately unable to  attend the first fixture of the WCA Development League in Skye but since then have had a great run which bodes well for the future.

Saskia and Anna were the club’s first representatives at the WCA development camp at Strathallan School at the beginning of the month.

The following Saturday, Skye Camanachd Ladies, who have provided lots of advice and support up to this point sent over a good strong squad for the first ever women’s game to be played in Lewis. A little bit of history to get things moving in Fèis Camanachd na Fichead Bliadhna week. As one would expect with a team packed with International and North players, the Sgitheanaich were too strong and with the score 6-0 at halftime the teams were mixed up and only one goal was scored in the second half. Thanks to Skye for their visit and we look forward to the return leg and future games.

During the Fichead Bliadhna Week, the Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes were held and the ladies competed as “The Blones” with Saskia, Nicole and Poppy playing for the boys’ teams. The Blones battled away well and the other three either scored in the case of Poppy and Nicole or were on the victorious side like Alicia.

On Festival Saturday, having opened the Fichead Bliadhna week, the girls proceeded to bring it to a close, with a game held after the HebCelt Cup, this time against Glengarry. although it has been a few years since the Garry were at the very peak of the women’s game they still bear a fearsome reputation so it was to great delight that Saskia put the ladies ahead in then opening minutes and that they held on to that lead for almost the whole first half and were only overcome by a second in the final minutes to lose 2-1. Thanks to the Garry for coming over, your very kind Facebook post and again we look forward to seeing you again. Report here.

Above is a picture of Diablo being presented at the Sixes with a “Head Cove” version of the ladies’ strip for all his hard work helping them get set up. The Blones are sponsored by Tighean Innse Gall.

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Three in a Row secured but Uist make the boys work

July 22nd, 2015 No comments

Shinty Callenge Cup

Posted by M+M Morrison Photography on Sunday, 19 July 2015

We thought we might bring you some pics and some info from the HebCelt Cup. It was tremendous occasion with Inverness’ Dougie Rankin refereeing and Uist fielding a strong all-Uist team. Uist started very strongly and made us look like the team who only play together once a year. They even had a chance to take an early lead when Gaga fouled in the box, but Keith Trumisgarry Macdonald fluffed the shot and Duncan rubbed it in with a tremendous goal minutes later.

Uist had another penalty for standing on the ball but again the result was the same and Connor Chalmers’ first goal for the club made it 2-0 just before half-time.

The whole Fichead Bliadhna festival was blessed with good weather and even although it started to drizzle heavily around the hour mark, the Leòdhasach play improved and we took on a semblance of a league side. However, Keith and Neil John Campbell were in great form in the middle, but wing play saw us go close a few times.

Shots from Saturday’s Cup Final

Posted by Camanachd Leòdhais on Monday, 20 July 2015

The match closed out 2-0. It had been an entertaining game for the very many spectators who turned up and it was played in a great spirit, a return to the HebCelt days of old. We look forward to continuing to build links with our friends from the Southern Isles in the coming months.

The trophy was presented to winning captain Will Church by Dòmhnall and Tearlach Barden. These fine young men were apt individuals to present this cup as it was their late father Alasdair who helped bring the sport back to Lewis and Harris in 1995. Their mother Donna was also in attendance and expressed her delight at the progress the sport has made in twenty years.

Thanks to Dougie Rankin for refereeing and as always, the match would not have happened without the hardwork of several individuals within the club, as well as the support of the Hebridean Celtic Festival and Caroline MacLennan and her team. The platform they have allowed shinty over the last 8 years has contributed massively to its growth and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. Congratulations to them on their own 20th anniversary and we look forward to many years of successful partnership to come.

Shinty Callenge Cup

Posted by M+M Morrison Photography on Sunday, 19 July 2015

Craig Morrison Sixes 2015 – Tina Turners are Simply the Best

July 21st, 2015 No comments

Plenty of news from the Fichead Bliadhna week to come – so we’ll put it all up in little doses!

First up we’ll deal with the Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes. These were run midweek for the first time as an experiment, and the experiment can surely be judged a success, with the biggest turnout since the first competition in 2010 and a great atmosphere around the park.

The competition started on the dot at 6.30pm, with players divided into 5 teams (Blones, Bibless Babez, Tina Turners, Gaga’s Heroes and Callum Camanachd) in a league section, 10 minutes one way, 3pts for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a loss.

The Bibless Babez powered through the league section without conceding a goal – young Ruairidh Macmillan was on absolute fire – melting into Gaga at one point and leaving him raging!  The Blones team battled away and performed credibly for the most part, although they failed to score, although Poppy and Nicole playing for other teams kept up the female end well.

However, the Tina Turners would sucker punch the Bibless Babez with another masterclass from Peter Goalmez – his years of watching Italian football helping him usher his team after a shaky start to eventual final glory. It was also another excuse to see his iconic celebration.

It was great to see big Sean McCarthy out swinging a stick and our young and young at heart guests from Edinburgh and Glasgow did themselves proud. Kenny “Scalpay” Campbell was on the winning side, the MacDiarmaid brothers displayed some great touches for the Heroes and David Murray won young player of the tournament, whilst his brother Callum was an important member of his eponymous team.

Ruairidh MacMillan was a deserved Player of the Tournament and both he and David Murray received their prizes from Iain Sinclair. Thanks to Annette Murray for the use of Stornoway Primary.

The shield as always was presented by Craig’s parents, Graham and Kareen, and other members of the family were also present. Graham presented the trophy to winning captain Peter Gomez.

Kareen said “Craig was never prouder than when he represented Camanachd Leòdhais, and so proud myself that the team are remembering him in this way.”

Thanks to everyone who was involved. We will never forget Craig for as long as shinty is played on this islands. Always the first name on the teamsheet whenever and wherever the Black and Blue is worn…

Photos from Craig's Sixes on Wednesday Night – A Beautiful Occasion to remember a Great Friend

Posted by Camanachd Leòdhais on Friday, 17 July 2015

Here are the results:

League Section

Blones 0, Bibless Babez 2

Tina Turners 0, Gaga’s Heroes 0

Blones 0 Callum Camanachd 2

Bibless Babez 1 Tina Turners 0

Gaga’s Heroes 0 Callum Camanachd 0

Blones 0 Tina Turners 5

Bibless Babez 3 Callum Camanachd 0

Blones 0 Gaga’s Heroes 3

Tina Turners 2 Callum Camanachd 1

Bibless Babez 2 Gaga’s Heroes 0


                       p w d l f a pts
Bibless Babez          4 4 0 0 9 0 12
Tina Turners           4 2 1 1 7 2 9
Gaga's Heroes          4 1 2 1 3 2 8
Callum Camanachd       4 1 1 2 3 5 7
Blones                 4 0 0 4 0 13 4
Final - Tina Turners 1 Bibless Babez 0


Goal scorers

3 – Ruairidh MacMillan, Michael MacLeod

2 – Gomez, Eoghan, Scott MacLeod, Dukey, Ally Lamont

1 – Poppy, Nicole, Sean McCarthy, Kenny, Conal McDiarmid, Ronan, David