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Camanachd Leòdhais defeated in season finale against Inverness – 2 October 2022

February 19th, 2022 No comments

Camanachd Leòdhais travelled to Bught Park on Saturday 2 October to finish their shortened season against Inverness. Their opponents had no first team game which allowed them to draft in several first-team regulars. A depleted Lewis side gave it their all but against such strong opposition, succumbed to an 8-0 defeat.

Lewis were in a tough situation ahead of the game with Steven Morrison, Paul Duke, Sean MacLeod, Daniel Gallagher, Lewis MacKay, Innes Lamont and his brother Ally all unavailable. Their problems were further exacerbated when another two key players in Scott MacLeod and Ronan Sinclair had to call off on the morning of the game. This left Lewis with just thirteen players for the game. Duncan MacPhail made his senior debut at wingback as did young Ruaraidh MacLennan at wing forward. Davey Wilde made a first appearance for the club in over twelve years whilst reserve goalie Willie MacLeod was the sole man on the bench.

Inverness boasted both a strong spine and centre-line that had some familiar faces who the club encountered in its early years. Steven Bellshaw, Ruairaidh Hughes, both formerly Lochbroom, Ewan Campbell, who starred for Uist Camanachd, as well as Rory Campbell and Ian Hunter were among first team regulars that took to the field for the home side.

The early stages of the game were relatively even with both sides creating chances. Inverness thought they had the opening goal but were denied by the post. At the other end, a good pass from MacLennan gave Wilde a shot at goal but his effort was saved and Donny Murray, who played the majority of the game at wing centre in just his second senior start, couldn’t quite get on the end of the rebound.

Skye MacIntosh thought he had given Inverness the lead after twenty minutes but he was adjudged to have been offside. Lewis’ resistance was broken four minutes later when Bellshaw rattled home. Lewis fullback Michael MacLeod defended well against Hughes throughout the game but the Inverness forward did manage to get a goal on the day, doubling the lead ten minutes later.

Lewis were hoping to get into halftime without conceding a third but Bellshaw had other ideas as he turned his man and fired a low shot into the net.

Any hope Lewis will have had to get back into the game were quickly extinguished by Bellshaw who scored his third and fourth goals within five minutes of the restart.

Lewis were subjected to heavy pressure for a lot of the second period and MacIntosh did eventually get his goal on the hour mark, having been denied by the offside flag in the first half.

It was full centre Ewan Campbell that finished the scoring with a brace, his second a shot from distance with five minutes to go.

With travel restrictions preventing Lewis from having a full season, the three games against Beauly, Strathspey and Inverness were being viewed as a chance to get back up to speed with a view to next season as well as giving match experience to young players. The club will be hoping to have a full slate of games in 2022.

Camanachd Leòdhais lose tight one to Strathspey – 25 September 2022

February 19th, 2022 No comments

In a match of fine margins, a Camanachd Leòdhais team missing several players wondered what might have been as they fell 1-0 to a Strathspey team that had drafted in a couple of experienced players who were making their debuts for the team. 

Several late call offs meant Lewis travelled with 14 players to Grantown-on-Spey. A re-shuffled team had Michael MacLeod at full back & a returning Steven Morrison at wingback. Donny Murray started his first match at the age of fifteen, with usual defender Owen MacKenzie at full forward. 

Strathspey boasted a strong centre-line, consisting of Alex Williamson, Cal MacKintosh & Tommy Stewart. Calum Stewart, who has scored a rake of goals for Newtonmore’s second team for the past decade, made his debut at full forward.  

In what was a closely-contested affair, the first half saw both backlines on top. Both teams were able to move the ball into dangerous areas but were unable to penetrate either defence & good chances were kept to a minimum. Lewis goalkeeper Stuart ‘Tyson’ Campbell did make one very good save with his hand.

The best action could be found in the middle of the park where full centre Scott MacLeod & wing centres Paddy & Ronan Sinclair were giving as good as they got with both centre-lines playing very well. 

The game opened up a little more in the second half. Strathspey’s Stewart was seeing plenty of the ball but Michael MacLeod’s phenomenal defending was keeping him from nothing more than half chances.

At the other end, MacKenzie had a couple of chances whilst Paul Duke twice hit shots that went just past the post. 

The only goal of the game came in the 72nd minute & was worthy of winning a game of such quality. MacKintosh managed to find a rare pocket of space and from nearly 40 yards, arrowed a shot that found the top right corner. It was a special goal & it was going to take something out of the top drawer to beat a Lewis defence that was playing at the top of it’s game. 

Lewis nearly responded immediately but Strathspey keeper Rory Mellis did well to keep out MacKenzie’s shot. Lewis continued to look for an equaliser but their efforts were in vain. 

CLUB STATEMENT – Season 2021 Withdrawal

June 2nd, 2021 No comments
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Camanachd Leòdhais regret to announce that we have to withdraw from the beginning of the 2021 season. Despite making every effort to take part in this season’s competition, including forgoing home matches and hiring 50 seater coaches to comply with social distancing for each match, the current ferry situation has made playing games in June and July untenable. Due to covid restrictions Calmac vessels are restricted to 30% capacity and as things stand there is no space available for group bookings on Saturday sailings for the next eight weeks. Unfortunately due to the enormous costs involved, waiting week by week for cancellations is not feasible and would put undue stress on volunteer officials. The club hopes that if social distancing rules on vessels are relaxed that given the special circumstances of this season one round of fixtures may be possible in late summer. This proposal has the support of the Camanachd Association and we would like to thank them for their help during this process.

Gaga ties the knot

May 24th, 2021 No comments

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There is probably no player more synonymous with Camanachd Leòdhais than Daniel ‘Gaga’ Gallagher, and everyone at the club would like to wish him and his lovely wife Kimberley all the best after their recent wedding.

A formidable opponent as a tackler, man marker and general obstacle in the path to goal, Gaga has taken on some fine players in his time and either got the better of them or forced them to come up with a plan ‘G’ to get past the rock at the back. Even when having dealt the team has taken a heavy defeat, opposition forwards will still remark years later about the challenge of playing “The Gaga”. He would admit himself that his hitting is the weakest part of his game, yet he has worked incredibly hard to improve this, has great game awareness and his dedication to fitness has meant that he has transformed himself into lean, mean machine without sacrificing any of his physical presence.

His strength and imposing nature on the pitch is only matched by his kindness and humbleness off it. Gaga has dedicated much of his life to the club. He has served continuously as a player from the Back Camanachd days right through Cup entry, the North Division Three days, North Two and into the post pandemic era of the Interim Leagues. Gaga was player of the year in 2007, 2008 and 2013, as well as being Captain of the winning HebCelt side in 2013 as well, and injuries aside, has played a major role in every season so far (even getting a shot up front once against Lochcarron! Photo evidence below)

Gaga will hopefully continue to go from strength to strength on the park for many years to come in the Dubh is Gorm, and we are sure that he will bring the qualities that have made him a legend for our club to married life. To Daniel and Kimberley, a h-uile latha sona dhuibh, gun latha idir dona dhuibh!

Gaga Lewis Lochcarron Shinty 2011

 

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Make it a Glen Double in the Cups for Lewis

February 6th, 2020 No comments

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The club will be facing more “Glens” than a whisky connoisseur this season. after we were drawn against South Division Two Glenorchy in the first round of the Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup.

This will be the first time the clubs have met due to playing in different districts. Glenorchy are based at Dalmally, and have a proud history as a club, being established in 1965, have played at Premier Division and National Division level within the last decade, and indeed won this very competition in 1982.

The game was a home draw for the club so the committee will be looking at all the options for playing the fixture in a suitable venue due to the timetables and lack of availability of Shawbost Park until May. The winner will face a trip to either Kyles Athletic or Kilmory on the 23rd of May.

Camanachd Leòdhais have played South district opposition on four occasions in the Sutherland Cup in its history; GMA in 2007, a 4-0 defeat at Yoker; Aberdour in 2009, a 5-0 defeat at the Bught; Inveraray in 2010, a 9-0 defeat at Inveralel and Oban Lorne, a defeat on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Ganavan.

This follows on from the already confirmed Strathdearn Cup preliminary round against Glenurquhart on the 28th of March. This was also a home draw, but again the committee will be investigating where this will be played due to the timetables and lack of Shawbost’s availability. The winner of that game will meet Inverness in the next round.

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John “Kaid” MacLean Cup 2019 – Saturday 16 February

February 13th, 2019 No comments

Lewis captain on the ball against Skye

Camanachd Leòdhais will travel to Portree to play Skye Camanachd seconds for the John “Kaid” MacLean Cup this Saturday. Leòdhas played Skye for the “Kaid” in 2016, going down to a 3-0 defeat. The “Kaid” is a handsome trophy which was revived for Skye’s commemoration of the Battle of Festurbert in 2015, where it was won by Kingussie.

The two clubs haven’t met since the Mòd Cup in Shawbost in 2016 which also finished 3-0 in the Sgitheanaich’s favour, although the two clubs were supposed to contest the “Kaid” in 2017 but weather led to its cancellation.

The 2019 John “Kaid” MacLean Cup throw-up at 2.30pm (TBC) Pàirc nan Laoch, Portree.

You can see some archived articles about the clubs’ games against each other here. The picture above is from the first ever meeting between the sides in 2010.

http://www.camanachdleodhais.com/lewis-and-skye-a-tale-of-two-islands/

http://www.camanachdleodhais.com/john-kaid-maclean-cup-v-skye-27-feb-2016/

http://www.camanachdleodhais.com/john-kaid-maclean-cup-skye-3-lewis-0/

Fundraising Car-Wash

Thanks to everyone who came and supported the club last Saturday – a grand total of £737.10 was raised.

Al Reed helps Scottish Unis to victory in Maynooth

December 2nd, 2018 No comments

Representative Honours for Leòdhasaich

November 6th, 2018 No comments

The club had some very good news on the representative front this last week.

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Firstly Al Reed (above) was picked for the Scottish Universities team which will travel to face Irish Universities at NUI Maynooth on 1 December. Al is currently captain of Glasgow University Shinty Club and attending UWS.  This is a great honour for Al and the club, as he is only the second Camanachd Leòdhais player to have received this honour. Scott Murray was capped in 2012. Well done Al, we are all very proud of you.

 

IOMAIN CHOLMCILLE

The club also receives its strongest representation for a while at Iomain Cholmcille, with Alba calling up 4 Leòdhasach players to join the national Gaelic speakers team. After a strong comeback season Crisdean MacRae joins Alba stalwarts Sean MacLeod and Paul Duke, alongside Stuart “Tyson” Campbell in his debut at this level.  Alba travel to Gaoth Dobhair for Iomain Cholmcille XI on the 17th of November. Sean will also be part of the management team alongside GMA (and Uist!)’s Angus MacInnes. Gur math thèid leibh uile!

 

Aiseag an Stròm Aonaichte a’ buannachadh! Stromeferry No Ferry United win Craig’s Sixes!

October 13th, 2018 No comments

 

The 2018 Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes survived the inclement weather and attracted 5 teams for a successful end to the 2018 season and also a great memorial for the late Craig Morrison, who passed away tragically in 2009 when the club was in its infancy.

With the competition receiving its eighth running, it was a team tied heavily to the history of the competition that came away with the memorial shield. Stromeferry No Ferry United, a west-coast select run by James and Crisdean MacRae played in the first competition in 2010 and were revived for the 2017 competition. They finished second in the league competition but this put them into the final against Lewis B and a goal from Rannal Finlayson, who was also the joint top scorer in the competition with Donald Lamont, took the prize back across the Minch.

The long threatened Murray Camanachd also made their debut in the competition under the tutelage of West Lothian Shinty’s Andy Murray. Andy and his boys put in a good performance with 1 win, 1 draw and two defeats despite not making it the competition until later on. Thanks for entering a team and we’ll see you next year!

All the Lewis youngsters got a great run out and showed that the future of the club is very bright.

The trophy was presented to winning captain and general shinty legend James “Ach” MacRae by Craig’s father Graham. We hope to see you all next year!

 

Results

Lewis A 0 vs Lewis B 2 – Donald 2

SNF 2 vs Lewis C 0 – Rannal, Willie

Lewis B 1 vs SNF 0 – Lisa

Lewis A 2 vs Lewis C 0 – Scott 2

Murrays 0 vs SNF 1 – Rannal

Lewis C 0 vs Lewis B 1 – Donald

Murrays 2 vs Lewis A 1 – James, Dylan; Scott

Murrays 0 vs Lewis B 2 – Donald, Callum

SNF 3 vs Lewis A 0 – Rannal, Willie 2

Lewis C 0 vs Murrays 0

Final SNF 1 vs Lewis B 0 – Rannal

Coinneamh Bliadhnail Camanachd Leòdhais AGM 2018 – 30.10.18

October 1st, 2018 No comments

Thèid Coinneamh Bliadhnail Comann Camanachd Leòdhais 2018 a chumail aig 6f Dimàirt 30mh An Dàmhair aig Oifisean Chomhairle nan Eilean Siar, Rathad Shanndabhaig Steòrnabhagh. Tha fàilte ron a h-uile neach aig a bheil ùidh ann an spòrs nan Gàidheal ann an Leòdhas agus na Hearadh.

The Annual General Meeting 2018 of Comann Camanachd Leòdhais will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 30th October at the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway. A warm welcome is extended to anyone with an interest in the sport of the Gael in Lewis and Harris.

Expressions of interest in committee positions, with secondment, and motions should be sent to the secretary Joanne Mitchell joanne_mitchell6 [at] sky.com before the 23rd of October.