It was a busy weekend for the club, with three teams in action for the first time in our history.
At Shawbost, a late equalizer from Ally Lamont helped us secure a 2-2 draw with Caberfeidh. Connor Chalmers had opened the scoring in the first half.
Fairplay to Cabers who were reduced in number by the end of the game, but it was a relief for all at the club to move off “Love” and on to our first point of the year! Next up is Glengarry at Shawbost. An important game for Duncan the manager as he is a Glengarry man himself, earning North U21 honours whilst playing for the Lochaber side back when the game was in Black and White.
Over on the mainland in Scourie, our Under 14s put in an admirable performance in what was their first taste of mainland shinty, grabbing a win and draw and putting in admirable performances against winners Glengarry. Keith Bray was the man of the hour, with three beautiful goals! All the boys had a great craic and even christened the new mascot, Bochan!
We also had a team in the open competition, which was very strongly contested, but it was a good learning experience for several younger players. Eoghan and Seumas couldn’t make Shawbost for teh firsts so they tagged along, with members of the ladies squad, Wee John Hearach and the young man who was named player of the whole tournament, Steven Morrison. Steven showed some great touches in all the matches and he was the worthy winner in main referee Duncan Clark’s eyes.
Then of course, there was this great photo – courtesy of Donna Bray.
The club shrugged off the disappointment of a last minute postponement by Inverness (To Be Rearranged) by focusing on the fantastic positivity of Camanachd Association North Development Officer, Katie Drain’s visit last week.
Katie arrived on Wednesday and attended Stornoway Primary Training. She then delivered a shinty festival in the Nicolson Institute, CPD at Stornoway Primary AND attended senior training on Thursday, and then visited Harris for a festival at Sir E Scott on Friday, followed by a Foundation Coaching Course on Friday Evening and Saturday Morning, before sailing away for a well earned rest.
Katie really enjoyed her visit, especially the scenery and we’d like to thank her for her time and effort in coming over. We look forward the future development of our youngsters.
The youngsters will be taking part at the Far North Shinty Sixes this Saturday in Scourie – with an u14 team and an open team with a couple of senior players accompanying the U17 players in that side.
The First Team face Caberfeidh at Shawbost on Saturday at 2.30pm. Go along and support.
Saturday’s youth festival was an unbridled success. Upwards of twenty juniors attending a mix of indoor & outdoor activities before each receiving a certificate from club manager Duncan MacIntyre. Well done to all of you!
A big thank you to everyone who attended & helped organize the big day, including John who was a stalwart referee and to Jo and everyone who organised the food and drink in the kitchen. Fantastic to see the local community supporting the club & over £200 was raised for the MFV LOUISA Crew family fund as well.
We are always looking to have more juniors getting involved in shinty so please feel free to shoot us a message if you want to know more!
Sadly, the first team couldn’t notch up a first victory of the season in a disappointing 5-0 defeat to Kilmallie.
The next home game is against Caberfeidh on 21st May
The following week is the home game against Inverness as well as trip away for the juniors and a mixed side to the Far North Sixes in Scourie.
The 4th of June sees Glengarry visit as well as the club hosting the WCA Development League. Details to follow. The club may also send a youth side to Strathpeffer for the Ross-shire Sixes.
It’s always a long winter wait until shinty finally returns in May to Lewis, especially after a long slog of away games and this year has been no exception. We welcome Kilmallie to Shawbost this Saturday 7th May and hope for a positive result.
Beforehand however we will be hosting an event five years in the making, our shinty open day for island youngsters. Details are below. Thank you to Joanne and other parents for bringing this event into being!
Open to teams and individuals
Any child between P2 and S2 welcome and will be allotted a team
Registration Open 10am – Competition begins 11am –
Award ceremony 1pm
Training Sessions After in Sports Hall with Lewis Camanachd Blones
Sticks and Helmets provided if required
Teas & Coffees – Baking with the Island Bake Club – Soup & Sandwiches
All proceeds from festival will go to
FV LOUISA CREW FAMILY FUND
Camanachd Leòdhais V Kilmallie
Marine Harvest North Division Two/Dara Roinn a Tuath 2.30pm