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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.

 

Youth and Ladies Update

November 7th, 2016 No comments

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The recent AGM confirmed a new structure for Youth which was proposed by outgoing Head of Youth Development Eoghan Stewart.

The following people were appointed to the posts for 2017.

Youth Coordinator with Responsibility for Primary Age Shinty – Joanne Mitchell
Under 14 Coaches – Ally Lamont & Stuart “Tyson” Campbell
Under 14 & Under 17 Manager – Iain Sinclair

These individuals will work together, along with other coaches and volunteers, to develop Youth Shinty throughout Lewis & Harris.

Alicia MacSween was appointed as Ladies Captain for 2017 and will represent the Ladies team at Committee Meetings.

A decent weekend all in…

June 6th, 2015 No comments

So first out, after a difficult few fixtures, the guys turned in a decent performance against Inverness, which could easily have been a banana skin. Duncan rolled back the years with a double, Ally Lamont grabbed his second in two games and Paddy also got off the mark for the season in a match which helped mark Diablo’s birthday with a desperately needed 4-1 victory against the Town.

Fairplay to Town goalscorer Allan Macleod and the rest of the Inverness guys, it was a more epic journey than usual for various reasons.  A credit that the City side always fulfills its fixtures no matter what, and we look forward to the rematch later in the season.

We also sent a team to the Far North Sixes – which featured some of the ladies who have been training with us of late in doing so they managed to secure 4 scoreless draws, including teams such as Strathglass Ladies, Caithness Men and 2014 winners KLB 1sts.  They only lost to a strong Lochbroom who won the senior section overall and KLB 2nds.  However, they were accompanied by Al Reed and Scott MacLeod who played in goals, and one of them won the Player of the Tournament (although at time of going to press, we aren’t sure which one because they had to leave early to catch the boat. Thanks to Trish and John for going over with them as well.

There is a rearranged fixture next weekend – the first team are away to Caberfeidh at Castle Leod in Strathpeffer.

 

 

Shinty Round Up – Cabers, Inverness, Far North, Ladies etc.

June 2nd, 2015 No comments

Apologies to a great crowd for a poor second half performance against Cabers on Saturday. We managed to stay in touch against the league leaders thanks to an Ally Lamont goal until a missed penalty saw our friends from Strathpeffer step up a gear. Not the best way for Dukey to celebrate being the first Lewis player to play 100 games for the club, but still a very important milestone for our young team.

Caberfeidh have their own Ross-shire Camanachd Sixes for Youth this Saturday followed by a Cabers Veteran Match against a Rest of the World Select in aid of Alzheimer’s Scotland. A great cause anad more info can be found here. If you could be as generous at giving donations as we were at giving them goals then sure they will be happy. Best of luck to them.

Whilst we haven’t got a youth team in action this weekend, the ladies team make their competitive debut with a trip to the Far North Sixes at Scourie instead. The tournament is an important milestone in the club’s history, with the club winning it in 2010, part of the impetus generated helping us towards league entry, but in recent years we’ve focused on sending development and youth squads. Best of luck girls and best of luck to the organizers who always put on a great event.

Next up for the first team is Inverness at Shawbost this Saturday – games against the Town are always tight affairs and they will be looking to draw level with us on points at the bottom of the league. Throw-up is at 2.30pm (TBC). Please come along, it was great to see so many people out and about on Saturday last.

Ronald Ross will be visiting us on the 17th of June and this will entail a Primary Development Tournament and a Foundation Coaching Course for anybody, including parents and teachers who might wish to get involved.