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Shinty Shop Robertson Cup Sixes 2017

May 19th, 2017 No comments

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Report by Mr Lamont.

The two Nicolson Institute teams that were away at the Shinty Shop Robertson Cup 6s at Glenurquhart’s Blairbeg did themselves proud yesterday. Although no games were won it was a great experience for them and a chance to see the standards they must strive for. They have all come on a lot in a short time and will no doubt continue to improve.

Goalkeeper Ciaran Murray was awarded Nicolson player of the tournament, for a string of fine saves, good hitting and showing a maturity and high level of game understanding. Kieran Macdonald was awarded for Nicolson goal of the tournament, and although not many goals were scored, it was truly an absolute beauty. Kieran took a Callum Macritchie pass out of the air with his caman and didn’t hesitate in arrowing the ball into the top corner.

Speaking about the tournament, event organiser Allan MacLeod said “The turn out for today’s competition was fantastic, especially seeing the Nicolson Institute travelling from Stornoway to take part which is a massive commitment. We are very appreciative of the continued support of shintyshop.com as we look to celebrate 20 years of this competition in 2018”

Glenurquhart went on to win the tournament having beat a strong Lochaber in the semifinals and then Portree in the final 2-0.

Dr Alasdair Barden Trophy

May 17th, 2017 No comments

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It’s a long way from Nairobi to Back, and a long way from a few curious folk on a wet Tong pitch on a New Year to a fully operational and competitive senior shinty side.

Dr Alasdair Patrick Barden was born in the former British Colony in 1963 just weeks after independence. he was the Dux at Knox Academy in Haddington, and whilst studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh he became steadily more involved in Gaelic Language and culture. He married local girl Donna Campbell in 1993 on St Kilda (the first wedding since 1926 before the evacuation.) and became a much loved and respected GP in Stornoway, whilst building a house in Col Uarach.

It seemed that the good Doctor had a penchant for reviving old traditions, and reading about the old New Year “Iomain Challainn” tradition of playing shinty on the New Year, Alasdair and Donna rounded up some enthusiasts and curious volunteers and re-established the tradition on January 2nd 1995. The score has been lost in the mists of time, but this was THE moment that shinty returned home.

Dr Barden would go on to round up enthusiasts such as Boyd MacKenzie, Kenny Morrison and Neil Ferguson who had made their home on the island, and with their help would establish a range of clubs and competitions all under the banner of Comunn Camanachd Leòdhais. Training was held in the Tong Hall, and there were teams in Tong, Sandwick, Stornoway and Back all competing. There was the Dozen Cup and the once jewel in the crown of Hebridean Shinty The Lord of the Isles Trophy, which it is hoped to revive one day if it can be found in Uist. Many youngsters would gain their first experience of their native sport under the tutelage of this Gaelic learner from East Lothian, and this passionate and dedicated man left a legacy for shinty in the Western Isles which continues to this day.

Sadly, Alasdair was killed in a tragic accident at the age of 34 in 1998. He left behind Donna and his young sons Dòmhnall and Tearlach. This was a great blow to the wider community, including the budding shinty community. Donna would continue to support the sport in the coming years, but it was left to the likes of Boyd MacKenzie to soldier on and keep the shinty flame burning for the next 7 or 8 years before the present Comann Camanachd Leòdhais was constituted.

Dr Barden’s contribution to Gaelic is marked by the Dr Alasdair Patrick Barden Memorial Salver at the Royal National Mòd for a song from Sutherland or Skye, and his sons presented the HebCelt Cup in 2015 to mark 20 years since their father’s revival of the sport and it was a touching moment to see two young Gaels mark their father’s legacy in this way.

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However, until now the club has not had any permanent memorial to Dr Barden’s immeasurable contribution. To mark Alasdair’s revival of shinty in Lewis, the club is delighted to introduce the Dr Alasdair Barden Trophy as part of the Dr Barden Youth Festival. This will be held for the first time on the 24th of June 2017. Please note change of date from 20th May

Open to all youth players from P2 upwards. Players from P6 and upwards can compete for the Dr Barden Trophy in teams allocated on the day. P5 and under players will take part in skills training and mini games. Registration from 10.30am. Competition starts at 11.00m. Awards Ceremony at 1.00pm. Soup and sandwiches, teas, coffees and home baking. A silver collection will be held with proceeds being split between the Samaritans and the Club.

We hope that you come along and pay tribute, and see the newest generation of Leòdhasach shinty stars start their journey.

Dr Alasdair Patrick Barden, BSc, MB ChB

Born: 28 December, 1963, at Nairobi, Kenya Died: 13 June 1998, at Coll, Isle of Lewis

Clach air a Chàrn.

Marking ten years since first ever Cup match

May 7th, 2017 No comments

A few quick shinty notes.

Our Home Season opener versus Caberfeidh was postponed and will be rearranged for a future date.

We are on the road again next weekend for a Strathdearn Cup match versus Lochaber. Then home shinty returns in earnest with Lovat making their first trip to Shawbost, followed by Boleskine then Lochaber.

It is worthy of note that Saturday marked 10 years to the day since the club played the first ever competitive fixture by a Western Isles club in Camanachd Association Competition. We went down 6-0 to Glasgow Mid-Argyll at Yoker in the Sutherland but it was an important and historic day, not to be forgotten by those who made the four day trip!

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First Cup Game v GMA

BBC Island Blogging reported on the match – also captured Dukey’s infamous penalty 😉