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…
Here are the results:
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
3 – Ruairidh MacMillan, Michael MacLeod
2 – Gomez, Eoghan, Scott MacLeod, Dukey, Ally Lamont
1 – Poppy, Nicole, Sean McCarthy, Kenny, Conal McDiarmid, Ronan, David