Archive

Archive for the ‘ten years’ Category

Craig Morrison 1989-2009 | Ten Years Gone, Never Forgotten

July 2nd, 2019 No comments

 

CRAIG

This week the club remembers the untimely passing of Craig Morrison at the age of 20 on the night of the 6th of July 2009.

Craig passed away in a tragic quad-bike accident ten years ago and left a hole in a fragile young club where a kind, friendly and committed young man and shinty player had been.

Hailing from Back, and having started playing shinty as a youngster in the developing Lewis shinty scene, Craig became a fixture at the club during the early days of the senior club, being an ever-present at training, playing in the Strathdearn and Sutherland Cup, as well as winning the HebCelt Cup in 2008. He would even drag in his brother Shaun to fill a shirt when numbers were low. Craig was a quiet, unassuming but important part of keeping the Dubh is Gorm going.

Craig was a second year deck cadet in the merchant navy. He had been working for Scotline and very much enjoyed life at sea.  He was home on leave and looking forward to returning to college in August at the time of his death.

craig 2008

Craig Morrison at HebCelt Cup Final 2008

The loss of Craig happened just weeks before the HebCelt Cup in 2009, devastating his family and friends, and whilst there were initial thoughts of postponement, with the agreement of Craig’s family, the game went ahead, with a minute silence impeccably held by players from both Lewis and Uist. Uist won the game 3-0. Afterwards, Paul Duke spoke of a conversation that he had a month or two previously with Craig, ever the sportsman with the good of shinty at his heart, Craig had said “It would be quite nice if Uist won it this year, to keep things interesting.” Despite his short life, Craig would leave a lasting legacy amongst those who played with him.

MInute Silence For Craig Morrison July 2009

Minute Silence For Craig Morrison July 2009

After the initial coming together as a club in 2009, the 2010 started off as a difficult season for Camanachd Leòdhais with heavy cup defeats and a spread out player pool who were starting to feel a sense of discouragement after many years of plowing a lonely furrow for little success. What happened next became an important event in both paying tribute to a fallen friend, and protecting the future of the club he cared so much.

In order to mark Craig’s memory, the club committee decided to revive the Stornoway Sixes, which Craig had featured in its only previous playing in 2007, as the Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes. This also gave the club some extra competitive shinty on the island, a rare thing in the pre-league days. A memorial shield was commissioned and teams from Skye, Lochcarron, and the infamous Stromeferry (No Ferry) United, which featured players from Kinlochshiel, Lochbroom and Uist, ensured that all the West Coast’s clubs were there to pay tribute.

CRAIGS 2010

The West Coast Shinty Community Comes Together to Pay Tribute to Craig Morrison in 2010

The success of that first tournament in 2010, including a draw by our A team against Skye Camanachd A, helped galvanise the club’s spirit and certainly contributed to the groundswell of enthusiasm for league entry in 2011. Craig would surely have been one of the most enthusiastic backers of that decision, and his memory was without doubt a motivating factor in  driving those involved to secure that first home game against Lochbroom.

Skye Camanachd A won that first sixes tournament, with Craig’s close friend and Camanachd Leòdhais legend Scott Murray winning Player of the Tournament, and both prizes were presented by Graham Morrison, Craig’s father.

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners "Simply the Best - Michael MacLeod VI"

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners “Simply the Best – Michael MacLeod VI”

Graham has continued to present the trophy whenever possible, the tournament having been held every year since, other than 2012, (a list of winners can be found here) and he is often joined by Craig’s mother Kareen, and the rest of the family. Our thoughts remain with them always and Craig’s memory is never far from the thoughts of those who played alongside him whenever they go on the park to represent the Dubh is Gorm.

The Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes 2019 will be held in the autumn after the end of the league season. Entries are welcome from all shinty clubs and selects. Contact secretary Jo Mitchell for more information.

Craig Morrison 1989-2009 – Gus am bris an là

 

Far North Sixes 2017 – Report

June 3rd, 2017 No comments

IMG_1038

A veritable squadron of Leòdhasaich took to the Minch on Saturday 3 June to attend the Far North Sixes, run by Kinlochbervie. We had three teams in the Under 14 section – a very promising number adn they did themselves proud. Glengarry A won the tournament but all our sides showed up well, scoring goals and winning games.

Camanachd Leòdhais Blues came out best of our squads, with four wins, and two defeats, coming third behind KLB Juniors on goal difference alone. CL Blacks edge out Glengarry B for fifth place by virtue of scoring one goal more, whilst CL Yellows matched the Blacks’ scoring and defensive record but were unlucky to only yield 1 draw.


A cracking day, thank you to all the parents and coaches for their support, and congratulations to Kinlochbervie on another successful tournament on their tenth anniversary. A revived Lochbroom saw off Lochcarron to win the senior section, which also featured KLB, Caithness and Strathglass Ladies.

Back home in Lewis, the first team were happy to finally have the first home game of the season, although the 11-1 score to a strong visiting Lochaber side after only one game in ten weeks was probably not the result we were looking for. The result was however put into perspective with the minute silence before the game which was held for Eilidh MacLeod of Barra and the victims of the Manchester Bombing, and Duncan Rodger of Kilmallie Shinty Club, who both passed away at a young age recently. Our thoughts go to their family and friends

Kinlochbervie Camanachd – Celebrating Ten Years

June 2nd, 2017 1 comment

bervie logo

As we celebrate our own ten year anniversary, it’s a good time to pay tribute to a club we’ve had a long friendship with who are also marking ten years of driving shinty forward on the edge of the world – Kinlochbervie Camanachd.

As part of Highland 2007 “The Highland Promise”, Kinlochbervie High School pupils voted to spend some of their funding allocation on learning shinty. The inaugural training session took place in June 2007 with coaches Heather MacNeil, PE and parent Duncan Clark. The sessions were open to pupils from P5 to S6 and run on a weekly basis with an average of 30 pupils attending (a very large proportion of the school roll).


Over ten years this club has kept on developing, with players graduating and some of them playing for other teams in the North (including the late lamented Lochbroom) as well as the abortive Naver Athletic team who made one short foray into the cups. They have travelled all across the country to school tournaments, they were regular attendees at our much missed Mid-Minch Medal and won it all three times it was run in 2008, 2009 and 2010.and even took part in the 2011 Camanachd Association Development league against Uist and Strathspey, finishing third.

However their biggest event has always been the Far North Sixes, held in Scourie and running sections for adults and under 14s.

Camanachd Leòdhais first attended the Far North Sixes in 2010, taking two teams, and won it! It was a very important morale boost forr a club who up until that point had only experienced big defeats in the cups. With league entry, the next couple of years were taken up with getting the senior team settled in the leagues, but we sent a youth team in 2013, before sending a senior and youth side in 2014. We sent some fringe players in 2015 and 2016 bolstered by a couple of experienced players to help them gain experience.

Three Camanachd Leòdhais players have won the player of the Tournament award – Scott Murray in 2010, Al Reed in 2015 and Steven Morrison in 2016.

The Far North Sixes has always been an excellent event, and with the event marking ten years, and Duncan Clark bowing out as head coach, we can only pay tribute to himself, Paula, Heather and all the others involved with KLB and wish them every success in the future. We are sending over three under 14 squads, with Camanachd Leòdhais Yellows, Blues and Blacks all looking to gain experience in what will hopefully be a great day weatherwise as it has been in the past.

Gu math fada beò iomain ann an Dùthaich MhicAoidh!

Season Seven Begins – A look back

March 1st, 2017 No comments

[This is an updated version of the article run last year]

It’s hard to believe the club enters its seventh season as a league club, and that it has been almost six years since that we started out our big adventure as a league shinty club with a brave 5-1 defeat against Beauly. It’s also ten years since the club first entered the cups so it has been a real rollercoaster over the last decade.

Lewis Camanachd Shinty Beauly

Micheal and Gaga against Beauly – First Ever League Game 2011

What follows is a synopsis of our progress in the leagues over the last six years, as you can see there has been steady progress made, with a steady increment of goals and points with every season.

IMG_0117

The Squad are addressed by John “Spod” MacLeod at Shawbost before the first ever home game Vs Lochbroom

2011 was obviously an experiment from which many of the enemies of island shinty expected nothing less than total humiliation for us (some whispers were even heard that we wouldn’t score a goal the whole season).  In that regard, scoring a goal a game and gaining a point vs Strathglass in Cannich and defeating Ardnamurchan in Lewis was considered a success by player-manager Paul Duke. Those who were in Beauly on the first day of the season will have it live long in the memory; Stompy’s first minute goal was like a gift from Heaven.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Calum Stamper 4, Stuart Campbell/Scott Murray 3, Donald Lamont 2

2011 Final Position 10th/10 W1, D1, L16, GS18, GA101, PTS 3 (North Division Three)

 

2012 First Game against Kilmallie - Ben Nevis in the background

2012 First Game against Kilmallie – Ben Nevis in the background

2012 saw us pick up a first ever win on the mainland at the Bught Park, as well as  completing the double over Inverness in Shawbost. Draws were achieved in an epic at Freuchie against new boys Strathspey, and yet again at Cannich. Sadly, Strathglass became the first team to fail to travel to Lewis and points were granted as well. It gives nobody at the club pleasure to receive points from teams who fail to travel, and whilst there have never been more than two occasions per season where this has happened, it is never a happy event.  The increase in goals came about thanks to Scott Murray who finished top-scorer as well as Will Church emerging as a goalscorer.  The great decrease in goals conceded was another marker of the side’s growing maturity as Paul Duke stepped down from his managerial role.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Scott Murray 7, Stuart Campbell 4, Will Church 3

2012 Final Standing 8th/10 W3 D2 L13 GS26 GA69 PTS 8 (North Division Three)

 

image

2013 Diablo agus na Balaich at Caberfeidh

2013 was Iain “Diablo” Sinclair’s first season in charge and the season was marked by an increase in goals thanks to Duncan MacIntyre and Will Church racking up high totals. What was marked was the number of games drawn or lost by only one goal. Draws were gained at Cannich yet again as well as Lochcarron and Cabers.  The goals against column was badly affected by two heavy defeats to Lochaber, but it was otherwise another year of improvement at the back. However, Inverness gained revenge for their double defeat the season before, taking Lewis’ scalp at Shawbost and possibly aggrieved to not avoid bottom spot on goal difference thanks to our last day draw with them at the Bught.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Will Church 10, Duncan MacIntyre 8, All other scorers 1 each

2013 Final Standing 9th/10 W3 D4 L11 GS37 GA62 PTS 10 (North Division Three)

 

team2014

2014 Squad against Caberfeidh

2014 saw the North Division Three butchered down to six teams and a split, proposed by Strathspey put in  place with the top three and the bottom three playing off. This caused no end of problems, with three teams (Lochbroom, Strathspey, Lewis) finishing on equal points and almost equal goal difference and goals scored as well! (Kilmallie were one point behind and only due to giving a walkover to Cabers). Lewis slipped into the top-three based upon some formula which Astie had put in place. Whilst we benefited from the league set-up, it was not the best solution for shinty at the lower levels. Over and above that it took six weeks to finish the six fixtures left, the problems continued after the split as the bottom half were essentially dead rubbers, which Lochbroom failed to fulfil (a sorry end for our neighbouring club, marking their last competitive action to date) and in the top half where Strathspey’s own split required them to visit Shawbost yet again after a successful cup visit and an unfortunate walkover earlier in the season. The Grantown side sadly failed to travel yet again and may have been aggrieved that this handed the initiative to their island rivals. Whether or not this meant that Lewis were worthy of second place in the league was a moot point. We showed up well in the truncated league, defeating Inverness twice, overcoming champions Cabers (delaying their league title celebrations), and beating Kilmallie for the first time, as well as being the better team in both drawn games against Lochbroom.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Will Church 5, Duncan MacIntyre/Paul Duke 4, Donald/Ally Lamont 2

2014 Final Standing 2nd/6 W6 D2 L6 GS29 GA30 PTS 14 (North Division Three)

 

Aberdeen2015

2015 – Final game in old Woody’s Strips and first game in Aberdeen

2015 was the final year of Diablo’s reign and it was a year of challenge with the club now amalgamated into North Division Two. For the most part the club competed well, continued to progress and equalled its points total from 2014,   There were wins at Boleskine, Cabers and Inverness as well as home wins against Inverness and Strathspey with two walkovers from Kilmallie and Lochaber reflecting the two from Strathspey the year before. There were no draws. In a more challenging division it was no surprise that the goals against increased, although some of the scorelines were disappointing.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Will Church/Donald Lamont 5, Duncan MacIntyre 4, Peter Gomez 3

2015 Final Standing 8th/10  W7 D0 L11 GS35 GA69 GD-34 PTS 14 (North Division Two)

 

teamphoto2016millburn

2016 – Squad Photo before Lochcarron Friendly

2016 saw the club move forward under the tutelage of Duncan MacIntyre.  A promising pre-season was swiftly followed by a difficult start to the season with some heavy defeats and several failures to build on promising positions in what was to prove the most competitive league the club had played in to date. However, after a difficult few months, there was a marked improvement in results from June onward, with improved morale and, more importantly, points on the board. This was coupled with the great strides in developing players, especially amongst the youngsters and also Duncan’s own development as a manager. The club finished the season with a lot of optimism for the future, with a new resilience forged in the difficulties of the early stages of the season, a manager committed to a positive and skilful style of shinty in post and several promising youngsters emerging.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Paul Duke/Will Church 5, Ally Lamont/Kenny Murray 4, Donald Lamont 3

2016 Final Standing 9th/10  W3 D1 L14 GS24 GA66 GD-42 PTS 7 (North Division Two)

 

IomainChallainn2017

2017  sees the club beginning to move towards a new era with youngsters just starting primary school when the club made its first strides into league shinty starting to emerge, along with some club stalwarts retiring or moving on. The club enters its seventh season, and its second under Duncan MacIntyre with the determination to climb higher in the league by building on last year’s promising end to the season whilst playing an attractive brand of shinty.

2017 Final Standing ?/10  W? D? L? GS? GA? GD? PTS ? (North Division Two)

 

Deich Bliadhna

December 5th, 2016 No comments

Chaidh Camanachd Leòdhais ath-stèidheachadh às ùr Diardaoin, an t-seachdamh là den Dubhlachd 2006.

Chaidh a’ chiad choinneamh a chumail anns an t-seòmar-teagaisg Ghàidhlig anns an t-seann phrìomh thogalach aig Sgoil MhicNeacail. (a-nis mu làr).

Chaidh bùn-stèidh aontachadh agus chaidh ainmean a chur ris le Eòghan Stiùbhart agus Micheal Dòmhnallach.

An lathair bha an dithis sin, Conor Dòmhnallach, Seumas Friseal, Daniel “Gaga” Gallagher, Eòghainn MacAoidh, Sean MacLeòid, Alasdair “Fro” MacLeòid agus feadhainn eile. 

Is iomadh euchd agus oidhirp a thachair on latha eachdraidheil a bha sin agus tha sinn moiteil as gach cluicheadair a chosg an dubh is gorm san àm sin. ‘S ann mar seo a nì sinn e sna h-Innse Gall.

Camanachd Leòdhais was re-constituted on Thursday the 7th of December 2006. The inaugural meeting was held in the Gaelic classroom in the old main building of the Nicolson Institute. (Now demolished). The constitution of the club was agreed and signed by Eòghan Stewart and Micheal Macdonald. In attendance were the two signatories, Conor Macdonald, Jamie Fraser, Daniel “Gaga” Gallagher, Ewan MacKay, Sean MacLeod, Alexander”Fro” MacLeod and others. (If you were in attendance, please remind us and your name will be added.)

In the ten years since that date, Camanachd Leòdhais have made history and will continue to make history in the years to come. Whilst we as a club have only small moments of glory relative to those of more established clubs, we are very proud of how far we have come as a club in that time. To be the first side from the Western Isles to compete in Camanachd Association competition, first at Cup level and then on the regular and more intense league basis, and to play the first fixtures in the islands themselves, have been achievements in themselves, acheivements of which we are intensely proud. To now have a vibrant youth section, to field 15 players at least every week, and to regularly pick up points and to cause our opponents to respect us are the real and concrete week to week satisfactiosn that we feel as Camanachd Leòdhais players, officials and supporters.

We look forward to welcoming you to Shawbost and the Isles of Lewis and Harris for the next ten years, and many more decades to come. This is how we do it in the Western Isles. Dubh is Gorm.

logocamanachdleodhais

 

#CL10 #DUBHISGORM