A good pre-season workout against Skye Camanachd for the John “Kaid” MacLean Cup – you can catch up on the Cuillin FM Broadcast above.
A thousand thanks to Skye Camanachd for the invite to compete for such a prestigious and beautiful trophy which also helped mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.
Another trophy played for was the Cuach a’ Chairdeas which was played for between the Blones and Skye Camanachd Ladies. This trophy was dedicated to Joy Robson, who passed away in a tragic accident in 2013. Joy was a great volunteer and helper of sport in Skye. Skye won the trophy 14-1 and it was presented by Joy’s children, Jo and Jack. Poppy scored our goal. Thanks to Skye Ladies for the invite and their support as always.
It has been a busy winter for the club regards youth – so it was great to see the fruits of our labours as a club and in association with primary schools and Active Schools last week.
On the Thursday, Sgoil an Rubha came together with Stornoway Primary for a morning of mixed games and drills. This was very successful day with coaches from the club assisting Active Schools’ Eric MacLeod in running the competition. All players were given a certificate of participation. Sgoil nan Loch and Sgoil na Pairce will be holding a similar day in the near future.
On the Saturday, David Morrison of Lewis Wind Power came to the Saturday training to gift a set of strips to the youth team. These strips were of course “Dubh is Gorm” and we can’t wait to see them in use for competitions on and off-island. Thanks to LWP for their support and Gordon MacRae for the pictures.
The parents have set up a small committee to run a youth event on May 7th before the Kilmallie game. This will showcase the youngsters before the first home game of the season.
In May 2015, we published the following article which was a great reminder of the links and bond between Lewis and Skye Camanachds. We put a link to it here with us travelling to Portree this Saturday, as well as an update on last year’s intra-Hebridean action.
Lewis and Skye – A Tale of Two Islands
In 2015, the two clubs played their first ever league games. Skye were runaway winners of North Division Two and were a cut above Lewis in both games we played them.
In the first game, played at Pairc nan Laoch in Portree, Donald Lamont scored in a 6-1 defeat where Lewis showed up well. However, in the return leg in Shawbost, Skye put the hammer down and took advantage of a poor team performance by ourselves – with a goal by Will the only positive in a 9-1 defeat.
However, both games were played in great spirit and it is with great pleasure that we accepted Skye’s invitation to play for the John “Kaid” MacLean Cup this Saturday in Portree. This shinty trophy has as interesting and as chequered a history as the man who it is dedicated to, Gaelic poet and raconteur Iain “Kaid” MacIlleathain of Portree, who wrote the song “Eilean Mo Chridhe”. More can be read about this great Sgitheanach character at the below link as well as in the late Martin Macdonald’s “Skye Camanachd – A Century Remembered.”
The Camanachd Leodhais “Blones” will also be travelling on Saturday, returning the favour of the successful Skye Camanachd Ladies who visited Lewis for a development game in the Summer of 2015. They will be playing for the Cuach Cairdeis.
After a good few years with no preseason, we were delighted to secure good early action against Lochcarron – albeit on astroturf in Inverness. The match was reduced to ten-a-side to deal with the smaller park in mind, but the surface allowed for some good flowing play.
It was a good, closely fought match but we managed to record our first ever win over na Carrannaich with a 3-2 victory. There were two cracking goals by Scott MacLeod separated by a Donald Lamont strike. All across the park there were great performances, with Al Reed doing well in defence and Gaga on great form at full back until suffering a bad hand injury in the final moments.
Thanks to Lochcarron for organising the fixture and to Archie and Calum for officiating.
Thanks to Neil G Paterson for the team photo.
Our pre-season friendly against Wester Ross side Lochcarron has been relocated to Millburn Academy , Inverness. The game will go ahead on Astro-turf and will throw-up at 1pm.
All players should come with suitable footwear and wear their club training tops for travel.