Archive for August, 2018

Annette Murray retires as Head of Stornoway Primary

August 31st, 2018 No comments
The 2011 Prize Winners

Annette with the Prizewinners at the 2011 Dinner Dance

One of the great servants of shinty in Lewis and Harris stepped into a well deserved retirement today as Annette Murray retired as headteacher of Stornoway Primary School after many long years of service.

Annette has been one of the most important supporters of shinty in the island, promoting and supporting the sport within the school as well as being an important part of Camanachd Leodhais, giving leadership and guidance for almost a decade. She is currently President and Chair of the Club as well as being an Honorary Chieftain, having served as Chieftain between 2010 and 2012.

Her family has also contributed vastly to the development of the club; Two of her nephews, Michael and Scott MacLeod have been important players for the club over the years, with Scott continuing to star for the first team. Her late husband, Coinneach was also a great servant to the club, taking photos which remain as an important document of the club’s early league seasons.

On an emotional Friday, Annette was given a ceremonial shinty guard of honour as she left the school for the last time today. We wish her well for her retirement from teaching, but look forward to her continuing contribution to the life of our club in the years ahead.


Other News

The First Team face Caberfeidh at Castle Leod at 2pm Tomorrow (Sept 1) having had an exciting 3-3 draw in May. This will be our the third last game of the season.

The club also notes with sadness the passing of Skye Camanachd’s Alasdair ‘Ally Morr’ Morrison. Ally had strong Lewis connections as his mother Jesanne is from Garrabost, whilst his partner Anne is heavily involved with our friends Lochcarron Camanachd. An avid follower of shinty, as well as his local club, Ally managed Skye to the Balliemore Cup in 2008, as well as being manager of the Kyleakin Shinty Club which won the Mod Cup in 2001 against Back Camanachd in Tarbert (see below). The club would like to extend its sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.


Home season comes to an end with Boleskine thriller

August 27th, 2018 No comments


After the disappointment of Inverness failing to fulfil the reversed home fixture the week previously, the club were  very happy to welcome Boleskine to Sgoil Shiaboist and bring the home season to a close for 2018.

Boleskine are a much changed side this year, and have one of the best young players in Scotland, William “Crossal” MacKinnon in their armoury and the U17 international got Boleskine off to a good start with a 30 yard rocket on 17 minutes.

The scores stayed pegged at 1-0 until the hour mark when Stuart MacRae converted a penalty to make it 2-0 and usher in one of the craziest ten minutes seen on the West Side. Scott pulled it back to 2-1 before Stewart MacRitchie popped up almost straight from the throw-up to draw us level.

However, the Loch Ness side club restored a one goal advantage to make it 3-2 minutes on the 69th minute through Ross Anderson.

It was a tight game until the end when young Mackinnon got his second in injury time to let Boleskine go home with the two points and a 4-2 victory.


Thanks to Boleskine for coming over, it was good to see them back after not making the trip the last two years. Thanks to them and all the clubs who made the effort to come over to Shawbost this year. Thanks to Henry MacInnes for refereeing. And last, but not least, thanks to all our supporters for helping make a great atmosphere this season in all weathers.

We finish the season with three away games, Caberfeidh next week, Beauly the week after, and on the 22nd the legendary away trip to Kilmallie.  All challenging fixtures but hopefully we can take some points along the way to finish off what has already been a very successful season.


Junior Shinty

With the schools now back in session, it’s a good time to remind everyone on what we have on offer in terms of junior shinty.

On Fridays, there is a shinty session for all Nicolson Institute pupils at the all weather pitch from 2pm-3pm.

Also on Fridays, we have a session for Primary 6 & up at the pitch at Stornoway Primary from 5pm-6pm.

Finally, on Saturdays, we have a session for those in Primary 1 – Primary 5. This session takes place from 1pm-2pm & is also at the pitch at Stornoway Primary.

We cater for all levels of experience. So whether they have played before or are a complete novice, they can come along along and get involved.